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For better or worse, I watched President Obama’s speech today to the UN General Assembly. Ninety percent could have been uttered at any Obama speech, and probably has been. The predictable mix of anodyne platitudes, vague calls to action, and more-in-sadness-than-anger scolding has become all too familiar to listeners foreign and domestic.

The audience of international grifters diplomats appeared bored out of their corrupt minds and who can blame them? A quick CNN cut to the U.S. delegation showed a worried Samantha Power and John Kerry with head in hands.

Since the President’s words are so rarely met with action, his speeches have become a sort of a cappella Muzak: soothing background noise that tries and fails to calm the frayed nerves of the listener.

Some excerpts, if you dare:

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.

Sorry, let me fast forward…

This is the best time in human history to be born, for you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, and to be free to pursue your dreams.

Yadda, yadda…

We can reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront global problems, or be swamped by more and more outbreaks of instability. For America, the choice is clear. We choose hope over fear.

“Hope” and “fear” again. This isn’t speechwriting, it’s word processing.

He again asked nations to “join us on the right side of history,” ”think globally and act cooperatively,” and, of course, apologized for America:

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

Most importantly, Obama remembered to make the speech all about him:

After nearly six years as President, I believe that this promise can help light the world. Because I’ve seen a longing for positive change – for peace and freedom and opportunity – in the eyes of young people I’ve met around the globe.

So you didn’t miss much, unless you tuned in for a more popular celebrity’s speech. Leonardo DiCaprio beseeched the delegates to focus on climate change, just as soon as they fly back home on a thousand private jets. But all I could notice is Leo’s sketchy beard and a mini hair bun.

When did he turn into a Bond villain?

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Western Chauvinist Member

    Looks like he’s auditioning for the part of a jihadist to me. He’s perhaps the best example of the excesses of pampered Western elitists there is. Repulsive.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 4:23 PM PST
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  2. billy Inactive

    He didn’t really bring up Ferguson in a terrorism speech at the U.N. You’re making that up.

    Please tell me you’re making that up, Jon.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 5:52 PM PST
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  3. Larry3435 Member

    I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals…

    Yeah. November 2008 and November 2012 come to mind.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 5:52 PM PST
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  4. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    billy: He didn’t really bring up Ferguson in a terrorism speech at the U.N. You’re making that up. Please tell me you’re making that up, Jon.

    I wish I were, Billy.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 6:18 PM PST
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  5. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Well, I guess Ferguson is a lot like regular genocide and beheading of children.

    So you can just see how we’re all in the same gosh-darn boat here.

    If there was a group of men carrying sacks, and they asked Barry for help, he’d walk with them, but not carry a sack. A latte’, perhaps, but not a sack.

    A passerby might comment “Hey, that dude is sackless!”

    And all would agree mightily.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 7:12 PM PST
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  6. David Williamson Inactive

    Thanks for watching this so that I didn’t have to.

    I think Mr Obama was auditioning for a role in the remake of the Titanic – oh, wait, no, that’s his Presidency. Ms Power will stand at the bow of the ship, arms spread wide, while Mr Kerry rearranges the deckchairs.

    Next, Mr Obama will be growing a beard.

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    • September 24, 2014, at 11:46 PM PST
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  7. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    I think Drax is getting the short end of the beard stick here. Leo looks like he should be running a used book store in Bennington, VT.

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    • September 25, 2014, at 3:51 AM PST
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  8. Manny Member

    He brought up Ferguson to an international audience? What a pathetic jackass. I saw clips, and it turned my stomach. I have no idea what his overall objectives are. It feels like he’s playing it by ear. I have never seen our nation so uncohesive, and he’s to blame. The argument that he doesn’t really believe in American values sticks. I can’t wait for him to leave the presidency.

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    • September 25, 2014, at 7:29 AM PST
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  9. Eeyore Member

    I think maybe Leo is going the way of many intense people in later life – think Orson Wells or Marlon Brando. After all, here is how Hugo Drax ended up.

    Hugo Drax now

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    • September 25, 2014, at 7:39 AM PST
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  10. Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    Jon, I admire your patience. You may be the only person in the world who actually listened to that speech.

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    • September 25, 2014, at 7:51 AM PST
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  11. Totus Porcus Inactive

    My favorite bit was when he urged everyone to declare metaphorical war on real war. Because as we all know, as he keeps telling us, there is no military solution to anything.

    Wait, what’s that, you say, Emperor Hirohito?

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that Obama was quoting a muslim cleric who is cozy with Hamas and who advocated armed resistance against American troops in Iraq.

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    • September 25, 2014, at 11:28 AM PST
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