Barack Obama’s entire U.N. speech

Barack Obama’s entire U.N. speech


>>MR. PRESIDENT, MR. SECRETARY-GENERAL, FELLOW DELEGATES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, 70 YEARS AFTER THE FOUNDING OF THE UNITED NATIONS, IT IS WORTH REFLECTING ON WHAT TOGETHER THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE HELPED TO ACHIEVE. OUT OF THE ASHES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, HAVING WITNESSED THE UNTHINKABLE POWER OF THE ATOMIC AGE, THE UNITED STATES HAS WORKED WITH MANY NATIONS IN THIS ASSEMBLY TO PREVENT A THIRD WORLD WAR. BY FORGING ALLIANCES WITH OLD ADVERSARIES, BY SUPPORTING THE STEADY EMERGENCE OF STRONG DEMOCRACIES ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR PEOPLE INSTEAD OF ANY FOREIGN POWER, AND BY BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM THAT IMPOSES A COST ON THOSE WHO CHOOSE CONFLICT OVER COOPERATION. AN ORDER THAT RECOGNIZES THE DIGNITY AND EQUAL WORTH OF ALL PEOPLE. THAT IS THE WORK OF SEVEN DECADES. THAT IS THE IDEAL AT THIS BODY AT ITS BEST HAS PURSUED. OF COURSE, THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY TIMES WHEN COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THESE IDEALS. OVER SEVEN DECADES TERRIBLE CONFLICTS HAVE CLAIMED UNTOLD VICTIMS. BUT WE HAVE PRESSED FORWARD SLOWLY, STEADILY, TO MAKE A SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL RULES AND NORMS THAT ARE BETTER AND STRONGER AND MORE CONSISTENT. IT IS THIS INTERNATIONAL ORDER THAT IS UNDERWRITTEN, UNPARALLELED ADVANCES AND HUMAN LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY. IT IS THIS COLLECTIVE ENDEAVOR THAT’S BROUGHT ABOUT DIPLOMATIC COOPERATION BETWEEN THE WORLD’S MAJOR POWERS AND BUTTRESSED A GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT HAS LIFTED MORE THAN A BILLION PEOPLE FROM POVERTY. IT IS THESE INTERNATIONAL PRINCIPLES THAT HAVE HELPED CONSTRAIN BIGGER COUNTRIES FROM IMPOSING OUR WILL ON SMALLER ONES. AND ADVANCED THE EMERGENCE OF DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT AND INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY ON EVERY CONTINENT. THIS PROGRESS IS REAL. IT CAN BE DOCUMENTED IN LIVES SAVED AND AGREEMENTS FORGED AND DISEASES CONQUERED AND IN MOUTHS FED. AND YET WE COME TOGETHER TODAY KNOWING THAT THE MARCH OF HUMAN PROGRESS NEVER TRAVELS IN A STRAIGHT LINE. THAT OUR WORK IS FAR FROM COMPLETE. THAT DANGEROUS CURRENTS RISK PULLING US BACK INTO A DARKER, MORE DISORDERED WORLD. TODAY WE SEE THE COLLAPSE OF STRONG MEN AND FRAGILE STATES BREEDING CONFLICT AND DRIVING INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ACROSS BORDERS ON AN EPIC SCALE. BRUTAL NETWORKS OF TERROR HAVE STEPPED INTO THE VACUUM. TECHNOLOGIES THAT EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS ARE NOW EXPLOITED BY THOSE WHO SPREAD DISINFORMATION OR SUPPRESS DISSENT OR RADICALIZE OUR YOUTH. GLOBAL CAPITAL FLOWS THAT POWER GROWTH AND INVESTMENT, BUT ALSO INCREASED RISK. CONTAGION, WEAKENING THE BARGAINING POWER OF WORKERS AND ACCELERATED INEQUALITY. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THESE TRENDS? THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARGUE THAT THE IDEALS ENSHRINED IN THE U.N. CHARTER ARE UNACHIEVABLE OR OUT OF DATE. A LEGACY OF A POST-WAR ERA NOT SUITED TO OUR OWN. EFFECTIVELY THEY ARGUED FOR A RETURN TO THE RULES THAT APPLIED FOR MOST OF HUMAN HISTORY AND THAT PREDATE THIS INSTITUTION. THE BELIEF THAT POWER IS A ZERO SUM GAME. THAT MITE MAKES RIGHT. THAT STRONG STATES MUST IMPOSE THEIR WILL ON WEAKER ONES. THAT RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS DON’T MATTER AND THAT IN A TIME OF RAPID CHANGE, ORDER MUST BE IMPOSED BY FORCE. ON THIS BASIS WE SEE SOME MAJOR POWERS ASSERT THEMSELVES IN WAY THAT CONTRAVENE INTERNATIONAL LAW. WE SEE AN EROSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND HUMAN RIGHTS THAT ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO THIS INSTITUTION’S MISSION. INFORMATION IS STRICTLY CONTROLLED. THE SPACE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY REST RESTRICTED. WE’RE TOLD THAT SUCH RETRENCHMENT IS REQUIRED, TO BEAT BACK DISORDER. THAT IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO STAMP OUT TERRORISM OR PREVENT FOREIGN MEDDLING. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS LOGIC, WE SHOULD SUPPORT TYRANTS LIKE BASHAR AL ASSAD, WHO DROPS BARREL BOMBS TO MASSACRE INNOCENT CHILDREN BECAUSE THE ALTERNATIVE IS SURELY WORSE. THE INCREASING SKEPTICISM OF OUR INTERNATIONAL ORDER CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN THE MOST ADVANCED DEMOCRACIES. WE SEE GREATER POLARIZATION, MORE FREQUENT GRIDLOCK, MOVEMENTS ON THE FAR RIGHT AND SOMETIMES THE LEFT, THAT INSIST ON STOPPING THE TRADE THAT BINDS OUR FATES TO OTHER NATIONS. CALLING FOR THE BUILDING OF WALLS TO KEEP OUT IMMIGRANTS. AND MOST OMINOUSLY WE SEE THE FEARS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE BEING EXPLOITED TO FEARS OF SECTARIANISM OR RAPISM OR ANTI-SEMITISM, APPEALS TO A GLORIOUS PAST BEFORE THE BODY POLITIC WAS INFECTED BY THOSE WHO LOOK DIFFERENT OR WORSHIP GOD DIFFERENTLY. THE POLITICS OF US VERSUS THEM. THE UNITED STATES IS NOT IMMUNE FROM THIS. EVEN AS OUR ECONOMY IS GROWING AND OUR TROOPS HAVE LARGELY RETURNED FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE SEE IN OUR DEBATES ABOUT AMERICA’S ROLE IN THE WORLD. A NOTION OF STRENGTH THAT IS DEFINED BY OPPOSITION TO OLD ENEMIES, PERCEIVED ADVERSARIES, A RISING CHINA OR A RESURGENT RUSSIA, A REVOLUTIONARY IRAN OR ISLAM THAT IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH PEACE. WE SEE AN ARGUMENT MADE THAT THE ONLY STRENGTH THAT MATTERS FOR THE UNITED STATES IS BELLICOSE WORDS AND SHOWS A MILITARY F FORCE, THAT COOPERATION AND DIPLOMACY WILL NOT WORK. AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I’M MINDFUL OF THE D DANGERS WE FACE. THEY CROSS MY DESK EVERY MORNING. I LEAD THE STRONGEST MILITARY THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. AND I WILL NEVER HESITATE TO PROTECT MY COUNTRY OR OUR ALLIES UNILATERALLY AND BY FORCE WHERE NECESSARY. BUT I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY BELIEVING IN MY CORE THAT WE, THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, CANNOT RETURN TO THE OLD WAYS OF CONFLICT AND COERCION. WE CANNOT LOOK BACK. WE LIVE IN AN INTEGRATED WORLD. ONE IN WHICH WE ALL HAVE A STAKE IN EACH OTHER’S SUCCESS. WE CANNOT TURN BACK THOSE FORCES OF INTEGRATION. NO NATION IN THIS ASSEMBLY CAN INSULATE ITSELF FROM THE THREAT OF TERRORISM OR THE RISK OF FINANCIAL CONTAGION. THE FLOW OF MIGRANTS, OR THE DANGER OF A WARMING PLANET. THE DISORDER WE SEE IS NOT DRIVEN SOLELY BY COMPETITION BETWEEN NATIONS OR ANY SINGLE IDEOLOGY. AND IF WE CANNOT WORK TOGETHER MORE EFFECTIVELY, WE WILL ALL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. THAT IS TRUE FOR THE UNITED STATES AS WELL. NO MATTER HOW POWERFUL OUR MILITARY, HOW STRONG OUR ECONOMY, WE UNDERSTAND, THE UNITED STATES CANNOT SOLVE THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS ALONE. AND IRAQ, THE UNITED STATES LEARNED THE HARD LESSON, THAT EVEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BRAVE, EFFECTIVE TROOPS, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM OUR TREASURY CANNOT BY ITSELF IMPOSE STABILITY ON A FOREIGN LAND. UNLESS WE WORK WITH OTHER NATIONS UNDER THE MANTEL OF INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND PRINCIPLE AND LAW THAT OFFER LEGITIMACY TO OUR EFFORTS, WE WILL NOT SUCCEED. AND UNLESS WE WORK TOGETHER TO DEFEAT THE IDEAS THAT DRIVE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES IN A COUNTRY LIKE IRAQ INTO CONFLICT, ANY ORDER THAT OUR MILITARIES CAN IMPOSE WILL BE TEMPORARY. AND JUST AS FORCE ALONE CANNOT IMPOSE ORDER INTERNATIONALLY, I BELIEVE IN MY CORE THAT REPRESSION CANNOT FORGE THE SOCIAL COHESION FOR NATIONS TO SUCCEED. THE HISTORY OF THE LAST TWO DECADES PROVES THAT IN TODAY’S WORLD, DICTATORSHIPS ARE UNSTABLE. THE STRONG MEN OF TODAY BECOME THE SPARK OF REVOLUTION TOMORROW. YOU CAN JAIL YOUR OPPONENTS, BUT YOU CAN’T IMPRISON IDEAS. YOU CAN TRY TO CONTROL ACCESS TO INFORMATION, BUT YOU CANNOT TURN A LIE INTO TRUTH. IT IS NOT A CONSPIRACY OF U.S.-BACKED NGOs THAT EXPOSE CORRUPTION AND RAISE THE EXPECTATIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE. IT’S TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND THE IRREDUCIBLE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES IN HOW THEY’RE GOVERNED. IN TODAY’S WORLD I BELIEVE THE MEASURE OF STRENGTH IS NO LONGER DEFINED BY THE CONTROL OF TERRITORY. LASTING PROSPERITY DOES NOT COME SOLELY FROM THE ABILITY TO ACCESS AND EXTRACT RAW MATERIALS. THE STRENGTH OF NATIONS DEPENDS ON THE SUCCESS OF THEIR PEOPLE. THEIR KNOWLEDGE, THEIR INNOVATION, THEIR IMAGINATION, THEIR CREATIVITY, THEIR DRIVE, THEIR OPPORTUNITY, AND THAT, IN TURN, DEPENDS ON INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE AND PERSONAL SECURITY. INTERNAL REPRESSION AND FOREIGN AGGRESSION ARE BOTH SYMPTOMS OF THE FAILURE TO PROVIDE THIS FOUNDATION. POLITICS AND SOLIDARITY THAT DEPEND ON DEMONIZING OTHERS, THAT DRAWS ON RELIGIOUS SECTARIANISM OR NARROW TRIBALISM OR GINGOISM MAY AT TIME LOOK LIKE STRENGTH IN THE MOMENT, BUT OVER TIME ITS WEAKNESS WILL BE EXPOSED. HISTORY TELLS US THE DARK FORCES UNLEASHED BY THIS TYPE OF POLITICS SURELY MAKES ALL OF US LESS SECURE. OUR WORLD HAS BEEN THERE BEFORE. WE GAIN NOTHING FROM GOING BACK. INSTEAD, I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST GO FORWARD IN PURSUIT OF OUR IDEALS. NOT ABANDON THEM AT THIS CRITICAL TIME. WE MUST GIVE EXPRESSION TO OUR BEST HOPES, NOT OUR DEEPEST FEARS. THIS INSTITUTION WAS FOUNDED BECAUSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CAME BEFORE US HAD THE FORESIGHT TO KNOW THAT OUR NATIONS ARE MORE SECURE WHEN WE UPHOLD BASIC LAWS AND BASIC NORMS AND PURSUE A PATH OF COOPERATION OVER CONFLICT. AND STRONG NATIONS, ABOVE ALL, HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO UPHOLD THIS INTERNATIONAL ORDER. LET ME GIVE YOU A CONCRETE EXAMPLE. AFTER I TOOK OFFICE, I MADE CLEAR THAT ONE OF THE PRINCIPLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS BODY, THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION REGIME, WAS ENDANGERED BY IRAN’S VIOLATION OF THE NTP. ON THAT BASIS, THE SECURITY COUNCIL TIGHTENED SANCTIONS ON THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT AND MANY NATIONS JOINED US TO ENFORCE THEM. TOGETHER WE SHOWED THAT LAWS AND AGREEMENTS MEAN SOMETHING. BUT WE ALSO UNDERSTOOD THAT THE GOAL OF SANCTIONS WAS NOT SIMPLY TO PUNISH IRAN. OUR OBJECTIVE WAS TO TEST WHETHER IRAN COULD CHANGE COURSE, ACCEPT CONSTRAINTS AND ALLOW THE WORLD TO VERIFY THAT ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM WILL BE PEACEFUL. FOR TWO YEARS THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PARTNERS, INCLUDING RUSSIA, INCLUDING CHINA, STUCK TOGETHER IN COMPLEX NEGOTIATIONS. THE RESULT IS A LASTING, COMPREHENSIVE DEAL THAT PREVENTS IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON WHILE ALLOWING IT TO ACCESS PEACEFUL ENERGY. AND IF THIS DEAL IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED, THE PROHIBITION ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS STRENGTHENED, A POTENTIAL WAR IS AVERTED, OUR WORLD IS SAFER. THAT IS THE STRENGTH OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WHEN IT WORKS THE WAY IT SHOULD. THAT SAME FIDELITY TO INTERNATIONAL ORDER GUIDES OUR RESPONSES TO OTHER CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD. CONSIDER RUSSIA’S ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA AND FURTHER AGGRESSION IN EASTERN UKRAINE. AMERICA HAS FEW ECONOMIC INTERESTS IN UKRAINE. WE RECOGNIZE THE DEEP AND COMPLEX HISTORY BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE. BUT WE CANNOT STAND BY WHEN THE SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF A NATION IS VIOLATED. THAT HAPPENS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE IN UKRAINE, IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANY NATION GATHERED HERE TODAY. THAT’S THE BASIS OF THE SANCTIONS THAT THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PARTNERS IMPOSE ON RUSSIA. IT’S NOT A DESIRE TO RETURN TO A COLD WAR. NOW, WITHIN RUSSIA, STATE-CONTROLLED MEDIA MAY DESCRIBE THESE EVENTS AS AN EXAMPLE OF A RESURGENT RUSSIA. A VIEW SHARED, BY THE WAY, BY A NUMBER OF U.S. POLITICIANS AND XHEN COMMENTATORS, WHO HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DEEPLY SKEPTICAL OF RUSSIA AND SEEM TO BE CONVINCED A NEW COLD WAR IS, IN FACT, UPON US. LOOK AT THE RESULTS. THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN EVER IN ALIGNING WITH EUROPE INSTEAD OF RUSSIA. SANCTIONS HAVE LED TO CAPITAL FLIGHT, A CONTRACTING ECONOMY, A FALLEN RUBLE. AND THE IMMIGRATION OF MORE EDUCATED RUSSIANS. IMAGINE IF INSTEAD RUSSIA HAD ENGAGED IN TRUE DIPLOMACY AND WORKED WITH UKRAINE AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ENSURE ITS INTERESTS WERE PROTECTED. THAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR UKRAINE BUT ALSO BETTER FOR RUSSIA, AND BETTER FOR THE WORLD. WHICH IS WHY WE CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR THIS CRISIS TO BE RESOLVED. IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS A SOVEREIGN AND DEMOCRATIC UKRAINE TO DETERMINE ITS FUTURE AND CONTROL ITS TERRITORY. NOT BECAUSE WE WANT TO ISOLATE RUSSIA. WE DON’T. BUT BECAUSE WE WANT A STRONG RUSSIA THAT’S INVESTED IN WORKING WITH US TO STRENGTHEN THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. SIMILARLY IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, THE UNITED STATES MAKES NO CLAIM ON TERRITORY THERE. WITH DON’T ADJUDICATE CLAIMS. BUT LIKE EVERY NATION GATHERED HERE, WE HAVE AN INTEREST IN UPHOLDING THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION AND THE FREE FLOW OF COMMERCE, AND IN RE RESOLVING DISPUTES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL LAW, NOT THE LAW OF FORCE. SO, WE WILL DEFEND THESE PRINCIPLES, WHILE ENCOURAGING CHINA AND OTHER CLAIMANTS TO RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES PEACEFULLY. I SAY THIS RECOGNIZING THAT DIPLOMACY IS HARD. THAT THE OUTCOMES ARE SOMETIMES UNSATISFYING. THAT IT’S RARELY POLITICALLY POPULAR. BUT I BELIEVE THAT LEADERS OF LARGE NATIONS, IN PARTICULAR, HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TAKE THESE RISKS. PRECISELY BECAUSE WE’RE STRONG ENOUGH TO PROTECT OUR INTERESTS IF AND WHEN DIPLOMACY FAILS. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT TO MOVE FORWARD IN THIS NEW ERA, WE HAVE TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHEN WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS NOT WORKING. FOR 50 YEARS THE UNITED STATES PURSUED A CUBA POLICY THAT FAILED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE. WE CHANGED THAT. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE DIFFERENCES WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT. WE’LL CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, BUT WE ADDRESS THESE ISSUES THROUGH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND INCREASED COMMERCE AND PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TIES. AS THESE CONTACTS YIELD PROGRESS, I’M CONFIDENT OUR CONGRESS WILL INEVITABLY LIFT AN EMBARGO THAT SHOULD NOT BE IN PLACE ANYMORE. [ APPLAUSE ] CHANGE WON’T COME OVERNIGHT TO CUBA, BUT I’M CONFIDENT THAT OPENNESS, NOT COERCION, WILL SUPPORT THE REFORMS AND BETTER THE LIFE THE CUBAN PEOPLE DESERVE, JUST AS I BELIEVE CUBA WILL FIND ITS SUCCESS IF IT PURSUES COOPERATION WITH OTHER NATIONS. NOW, IF IT’S IN THE INTEREST OF MAJOR POWERS TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, IT IS EVEN MORE TRUE FOR THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS. LOOK AROUND THE WORLD. FROM SINGAPORE TO COLOMBIA, TO SENEGAL, THE FACTS SHOW THAT NATIONS SUCCEED WHEN THEY PURSUE AN INCLUSIVE PIECE AND PROSPERITY WITHIN THEIR BORDERS AND WORK WITH COUNTRIES BEYOND THEIR BORDERS. THAT PATH IS NOW AVAILABLE TO A NATION LIKE IRAN, WHICH AS OF THIS MOMENT CONTINUES TO DEPLOY VIOLENT PROXIES TO ADVANCE ITS INTERESTS. THESE EFFORTS MAY APPEAR TO GIVE IRAN LEVERAGE IN DISPUTES WITH NEIGHBORS, BUT THEY FUEL SECTARIAN CONFLICT THAT ENDANGERS THE ENTIRE REGION AND ISOLATES IRAN FROM THE PROMISE OF TRADE AND COMMERCE. THE IRANIAN PEOPLE HAVE A PROUD HISTORY. AND ARE FILLED WITH EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIAL. BUT CHANTING “DEATH TO AMERICA” DOES NOT CREATE JOBS OR MAKE IRAN MORE SECURE. IF IRAN CHOOSES A DIFFERENT PATH, THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE SECURITY OF THE REGION, GOOD FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE, AND GOOD FOR THE WORLD. OF COURSE, AROUND THE GLOBE WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE CONFRONTED WITH NATIONS WHO REJECT THESE LESSONS OF HISTORY, PLACES WHERE CIVIL STRIFE AND BORDER DISPUTES AND SECTARIAN WARS BRING ABOUT TERRORIST ENCLAVES AND HUMANITARIAN DISASTERS. WHERE ORDER HAS COMPLETELY BROKEN DOWN. WE MUST ACT, BUT WE WILL BE STRONGER WHEN WE ACT TOGETHER. IN SUCH EFFORTS THE UNITED STATES WILL ALWAYS DO OUR PART. WE WILL DO SO MINDFUL OF THE LESSONS OF THE PAST. NOT JUST THE LESSONS OF IRAQ, BUT ALSO THE EXAMPLES OF LIBYA, WHERE WE JOINED AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION UNDER A U.N. MANDATE TO PREVENT A SLAUGHTER. EVEN AS WE HELPED THE LIBYAN PEOPLE BRING AN END TO THE REIGN HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE – TO FILL A VACUUM LEFT BEHIND. WE’RE GRATEFUL TO THE UNITED NATIONS FOR ITS EFFORTS TO FORGE A UNITY GOVERNMENT. WE WILL HELP ANY LEGITIMATE LIBYAN GOVERNMENT AS IT WORKS TO BRING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE MUST WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY IN THE FUTURE AS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, TO BUILD CAPACITY FOR STATES THAT ARE IN DISTRESS BEFORE THEY COLLAPSE. THAT’S WHY WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT LATER TODAY THE UNITED STATES WILL JOIN WITH MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES TO ENLIST NEW CAPABILITIES. INFANTRY, INTELLIGENCE, HELICOPTERS, HOSPITALS, AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO STRENGTHEN UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING. [ APPLAUSE ] THESE NEW CAPABILITIES CAN PREVENT MASS KILLING AND ENSURE THAT PEACE AGREEMENTS ARE MORE THAN WORDS ON PAPER. BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER. TOGETHER BEWE MUST STRENGTHEN O COLLECTIVE CAPACITY, TO SUPPORT THOSE WHO SEEK A JUST AND LASTING PEACE. NOWHERE IS OUR COMMITMENT TO INTERNATIONAL ORDER MORE TESTED THAN IN SYRIA. WHEN A DICTATOR SLAUGHTERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF HIS OWN PEOPLE, THAT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF ONE NATION’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS. IT BREEDS HUMAN SUFFERING ON AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE THAT AFFECTS US ALL. LIKEWISE, WHEN A TERRORIST GROUP BEHEADS CAPTIVES, SLAUGHTERS THE INNOCENT AND ENSLAVES WOMEN, THAT’S NOT A SINGLE NATION’S NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM. THAT IS AN ASSAULT ON ALL OUR HUMANITY. I’VE SAID BEFORE AND I WILL REPEAT, THERE’S NO ROOM FOR ACCOMMODATING AN APOCALYPTIC CULT LIKE ISIL AND THE UNITED STATES MAKES NO APOLOGY FOR USE OUR MILITARY AS A BROAD COALITION TO GO AFTER THEM. WE DO SO WITH THE DETERMINATION TO ENSURE THERE WILL NEVER BE A SAFE HAVEN FOR TERRORISTS WHO CARRY OUT THESE KRIMSZ. AND WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED OVER MORE THAN A DECADE OF RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF AL QAEDA, WE WILL NOT BE OUTLASTED BY EXTREMISTS. BUT WHILE MILITARY POWER IS NECESSARY, IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION IN SYRIA. LASTING STABILITY CAN ONLY TAKE HOLD WHEN THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA FORGE AN AGREEMENT TO LIVE TOGETHER PEACEFULLY. THE UNITED STATES IS PREPARED TO WORK WITH ANY NATION, INCLUDING RUSSIA AND IRAN, TO RESOLVE THE CONFLICT. BUT WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT THERE CANNOT BE, AFTER SO MUCH BLOOD SHED, SO MUCH CARNAGE, A RETURN TO THE PREWAR STATUS QUO. LET’S REMEMBER HOW THIS STARTED. ASSAD REACTED TO PEACEFUL PROTESTS BY ESCALATING REPRESSION AND KILLING, THAT IN TURN CREATED THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CURRENT STRIFE. AND SO ASSAD AND HIS ALLIES CAN’T SIMPLY PACIFY THE BROAD MAJORITY OF A POPULATION WHO HAVE BEEN BRUTALIZED BY CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND INDISCRIMINANT BOMBING. YES, REALISM DICTATES THAT COMPROMISE WILL BE REQUIRED TO END THE FIGHTING AND ULTIMATELY STAMP OUT ISIL. BUT REALISM ALSO REQUIRES A MANAGED TRANSITION AWAY FROM ASSAD AND TO A NEW LEADER AND AN INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT THAT RECOGNIZES THERE MUST BE AN END TO THIS CHAOS SO THE SYRIAN PEOPLE CAN BEGIN TO REBUILD. WE KNOW THAT ISIL, WHICH EMERGED OUT OF THE CHAOS OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, DEPENDS ON PERPETUAL WAR TO SURVIVE. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THEY GAIN ADHERENCE BECAUSE OF A POISONOUS IDEOLOGY, SO PART OF OUR JOB TOGETHER IS TO WORK TO REJECT SUCH EXTREMISM THAT INFECTS TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. PART OF THAT EFFORT MUST BE A CONTINUED REJECTION BY MUSLIMS OF THOSE WHO DISTORT ISLAM TO PREACH INTOLERANCE AND PROMOTE VIOLENCE, AND IT MUST ALSO INVOLVE A REJECTION BY NON-MUSLIMS OF THE IGNORANCE THAT EQUATES ISLAM WITH TERRORISTS. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS WORK WILL TAKE TIME. THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS TO SYRIA AND THERE ARE NO SIMPLE ANSWERS TO THE CHANGES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN MUCH OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. BUT SO MANY FAMILIES NEED HELP RIGHT NOW. THEY DON’T HAVE TIME. AND THAT’S WHY THE UNITED STATES IS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES WHO WE WELCOME WITHIN OUR BORDERS. THAT’S WHY WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE LARGEST DONOR OF ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT THOSE REFUGEES. AND TODAY WE ARE LAUNCHING NEW EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT OUR PEOPLE AND OUR BUSINESSES, OUR UNIVERSITIES AND OUR NGOs CAN HELP AS WELL. BECAUSE IN THE FACE OF SUFFERING FAMILIES, OUR NATION OF IMMIGRANTS SEES OURSELVES. OF COURSE, IN THE OLD WAYS OF THINKING, THE PLIGHT OF THE POWERLESS, THE PLIGHT OF THE REFUSE REFUGEES, DIDN’T MATTER. THEY WERE ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE WORLD’S CONCERNS. TODAY OUR CONCERN FOR THEM IS DRIVEN NOT JUST BY CONSCIOUS BUT SHOULD ALSO BE DRIVEN BY SELF-INTEREST. FOR HELPING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO THE MARGINS OF OUR WORLD IS NOT MERE CHARITY. IT IS A MATTER OF COLLECTIVE SECURITY. AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS INSTITUTION IS NOT MERELY TO AVOID CONFLICT, IT IS TO GA GALVANIZE THE COLLECTIVE ACTION THAT MAKES LIFE BETTER ON THIS PLANET. THE COMMITMENTS WE’VE MADE TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SPEAK TO THIS TRUTH. I BELIEVE THAT CAPITALISM HAS BEEN THE GREATER CREATOR OF WEALTH AND OPPORTUNITY THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. BUT FROM BIG CITIES TO RURAL VILLAGES AROUND THE WORLD, WE ALSO KNOW PROSPERITY IS STILL CRUELLY OUT OF REACH FOR TOO MANY. AS HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS, REMINDS US, WE ARE STRONGER WHEN WE VALUE THE LEAST AMONG US AND SEE THEM AS EQUAL IN DIGNITY TO OURSELVES AND OUR SONS AND OUR DAUGHTERS. WE CAN ROLL BACK PREVENTABLE DISEASE AND END THE SCOURGE OF HIV/AIDS, WE CAN STAMP OUT PANDEMICS THAT RECOGNIZE NO BORDERS. THAT WORK MAY NOT BE ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW, BUT AS WE DEMONSTRATED IN REVERSING THE SPREAD OF EBOLA, IT CAN SAVE MORE LIVES THAN ANYTHING WE CAN DO. TOGETHER WE CAN ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY AND ERASE BARRIERS TO OPPORTUNITY, BUT THIS REQUIRES A SUSTAINED COMMITMENT TO OUR PEOPLE, SO FARMERS CAN FEED MORE PEOPLE, TO ENTREPRENEURS CAN START A NEW BUSINESS, SO YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THIS MODERN KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY. WE CAN PROMOTE GROWTH THROUGH TRADE THAT MEETS A HIGHER STANDARD, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING THROUGH THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNER PARTNERSHIP, A TRADE AGREEMENT THAT ENCOMPASSES NEARLY 20% OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, OPENING MARKETS WHILE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT THAT ENABLES DEVELOPMENT TO BE SUSTAINED. WE CAN ROLL BACK THE POLLUTION THAT WE PUT IN OUR SKIES. AND HELP ECONOMIES LIFT PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY WITHOUT CONDEMNING OUR CHILDREN TO THE RAVAGES OF AN EVER-WARMING CLIMATE. THE SAME INGENUITY THAT PRODUCED THE INDUSTRIAL AGE AND THE COMPUTER AGE ALLOWS US TO HARNESS THE POTENTIAL OF CLEAN ENERGY. NO COUNTRY CAN ESCAPE THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THERE’S NO STRONGER SIGN OF LEADERSHIP THAN PUTTING FUTURE GENERATIONS FIRST. THE UNITED STATES WILL WORK WITH EVERY NATION THAT IS WILLING TO DO ITS PART SO THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER IN PARIS TO DECISIVELY CONFRONT THIS CHALLENGE. AND FINALLY, OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS ASSEMBLY, MY BELIEF IN MOVING FORWARD RATHER THAN BACKWARDS, REQUIRES US TO DEFEND THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES THAT ALLOW SOCIETIES TO SUCCEED. LET ME START FROM A SIMPLE PREMISE, KA CATASTROPHES LIKE WE SEEING IN SYRIA DO NOT TAKE PLACE IN COUNTRIES WHERE THEY’RE UNIVERSAL DEMOCRACY AND THE VALUES THIS INSTITUTION IS SUPPOSED TO DEFEND. [ APPLAUSE ] I RECOGNIZE DEMOCRACY IS GOING TO TAKE DIFFERENT FORMS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. THE VERY IDEA OF A PEOPLE GOVERNING THEMSELVES DEPENDS UPON GOVERNMENT GIVING EXPRESSION TO THEIR UNIQUE CULTURE, THEIR UNIQUE HISTORY, THEIR UNIQUE EXPERIENCES. BUT SOME UNIVERSAL TRUTHS ARE SELF-EVIDENT. NO PERSON WANTS TO BE IMPRISONED FOR PEACEFUL WORSHIP. NO WOMAN SHOULD EVER BE ABUSED WITH IMPUNITY OR A GIRL BARRED FROM GOING TO SCHOOL. THE FREEDOM TO PEACEFULLY PETITION THOSE IN POWER WITHOUT FEAR OF ARBITRARY LAWS. THESE ARE NOT IDEAS OF ONE COUNTRY OR ONE CULTURE. THEY ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO HUMAN PROGRESS. THEY ARE A CORNERSTONE OF THIS INSTITUTION. I REALIZE THAT IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD THERE’S A DIFFERENT VIEW. A BELIEF THAT STRONG LEADERSHIP MUST TOLERATE NO DISSENT. I HEAR IT NOT ONLY FROM AMERICA’S ADVERSARIES BUT PRIVATELY I HEAR IT FROM SOME OF OUR FRIENDS. I DISAGREE. I BELIEVE A GOVERNMENT THAT SUPPRESSES PEACEFUL DISSENT IS NOT SHOWING STRENGTH. IT IS SHOWING WEAKNESS AND IT IS SHOWING FEAR. HISTORY SHOWS — [ APPLAUSE ] HISTORY SHOWS THAT REGIMES WHO FEAR THEIR OWN PEOPLE WILL EVENTUALLY CRUMBLE. BUT STRONG INSTITUTIONS BUILT ON THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNMENT ENDURE LONG AFTER ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL IS GONE. THAT’S WHY OUR STRONGEST LEADERS, FROM GEORGIA WASHINGTON TO NELSON MANDELA, HAVE ELEVATED THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING STRONG, DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS OVER A THIRST FOR PERPETUAL POWER. LEADERS WHO AMEND CONSTITUTIONS TO STAY IN OFFICE ONLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEY FAILED TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY FOR THEIR PEOPLE. BECAUSE NONE OF US LAST FOREVER. IT TELLS US THAT POWER IS SOMETHING THEY CLING TO FOR ITS OWN SAKE RATHER THAN FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THOSE THEY PURPORT TO SERVE. I UNDERSTAND DEMOCRACY IS FRUSTRATING. DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES IS CERTAINLY IMPERFECT. AT TIMES IT CAN BE DYSFUNCTIONAL. BUT DEMOCRACY, THE CONSTANT STRUGGLE TO EXTEND RIGHTS TO MORE OF OUR PEOPLE, TO GIVE MORE PEOPLE A VOICE, IS WHAT ALLOWED US TO BECOME THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD. [ APPLAUSE ] IT’S NOT SIMPLY A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE. IT’S NOT AN ABSTRACTION. DEMOCRACY, INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY, MAKES COUNTRIES STRONGER. WHEN OPPOSITION PARTIES CAN SEEK POWER PEACEFULLY THROUGH THE BALLOT, A COUNTRY DRAWS UPON NEW IDEAS. WHEN A FREE MEDIA CAN INFORM THE PUBLIC, CORRUPTION AND ABUSE ARE EXPOSED AND CAN BE ROOTED OUT. WHEN CIVIL SOCIETY THRIVES, COMMUNITIES CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT GOVERNMENTS CANNOT NECESSARILY SOLVE ALONE. WHEN IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED, COUNTRIES ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND MORE VIBRANT. WHEN GIRLS CAN GO TO SCHOOL AND GET A JOB AND PURSUE UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITY, THAT’S WHEN A COUNTRY REALIZES ITS FULL POTENTIAL. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE IS AMERICA’S GREATEST STRENGTH. NOT EVERYBODY IN AMERICA AGREES WITH ME. THAT’S PART OF DEMOCRACY. I BELIEVE THAT THE FACT THAT YOU CAN WALK THE STREETS OF THIS CITY RIGHT NOW AND PASS CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES AND TEMPLES AND MOSQUES, WHERE PEOPLE WORSHIP FREELY, THE FACT THAT OUR NATION OF IMMIGRANTS MIRRORS THE DIVERSITY OF THE WORLD, YOU CAN FIND EVERYBODY FROM EVERYWHERE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY, THE FACT THAT IN THIS COUNTRY EVERYBODY CAN CONTRIBUTE. EVERYBODY CAN PARTICIPATE NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE OR WHO THEY LOVE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES US STRONG. AND I BELIEVE THAT WHAT IS TRUE FOR AMERICA IS STRTRUE FOR AMER IS TRUE FOR VIRTUALLY ALL MATURE DEMOCRACIES. THAT IS NO ACCIDENT. WE CAN BE PROUD OF OUR NATIONS WITHOUT DEFINING OURSELVES IN OPPOSITION TO SOME OTHER GROUP. WE CAN BE PATRIOTIC WITHOUT DEMONIZING SOMEONE ELSE. WE CAN CHERISH OUR OWN IDENTITIES, OUR ETHNICITIES, OUR RELIGIONS, OUR TRADITIONS, WITHOUT PUTTING OTHERS DOWN. OUR SYSTEMS ARE PREMISED ON THE NOTION THAT ABSOLUTE POWER WILL CORRUPT. BUT THAT PEOPLE, ORDINARY PEOPLE, ARE FUNDAMENTALLY GOOD. THAT THEY VALUE FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP, FAITH, AND THE DIGNITY OF HARD WORK. AND THAT WITH APPROPRIATE CHECKS AND BALANCES, GOVERNMENTS CAN REFLECT THIS GOODNESS. I BELIEVE THAT’S THE FUTURE WE MUST SEEK TOGETHER, TO BELIEVE IN THE DIGNITY OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL, TO BELIEVE WE CAN BRIDGE OUR DIFFERENCES, AND CHOOSE COOPERATION OVER CONFLICT. THAT IS NOT WEAKNESS. THAT IS STRENGTH. [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A PRACTICAL NECESSARY IN THIS INTERCONNECTED WORLD. AND OUR PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS. THINK OF THE LIBERIAN DOCTOR WHO WENT DOOR TO DOOR TO SEARCH FOR EBOLA CASES AND TOLD FAMILIES WHAT TO DO IF THEY SHOWED SYMPTOMS. THINK OF THE IRANIAN SHOPKEEPER WHO SAID AFTER THE NUCLEAR DEAL, GOD WILLING, NOW WE’LL BE ABLE TO OFFER MANY MORE GOODS AT BETTER PRICES. THINK OF THE AMERICANS WHO LOWERED THE FLAG OVER OUR EMBASSY IN HAVANA IN 1961, THE YEAR I WAS BORN, AND RETURNED THIS SUMMER TO RAISE THAT FLAG BACK UP. [ APPLAUSE ] ONE OF THESE MEN SAID OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE, WE COULD DO THINGS FOR THEM AND WE COULD DO THINGS FOR US. WE LOVE THEM. FOR 50 YEARS, WE IGNORED THAT FACT. THINK OF THE FAMILIES LEAVING EVERYTHING THEY’VE KNOWN BEHIND, RISKING BARREN DESERTS AND STORMY WATERS, JUST TO FIND SHELTER, JUST TO SAVE THEIR CHILDREN. ONE SYRIAN REFUGEE WHO WAS GREETED IN HAMBURG WITH WARM GREETINGS AND SHELTER SAID, WE FEEL THERE ARE STILL SOME PEOPLE WHO LOVE OTHER PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE OF OUR UNITED NATIONS ARE NOT AS DIFFERENT AS THEY ARE TOLD. THEY CAN BE MADE TO FEAR, THEY CAN BE TAUGHT TO HATE, BUT THEY CAN ALSO RESPOND TO HOPE. HISTORY IS LITTERED WITH THE FAILURE OF FALSE PROPHETS AND FALLEN EMPIRES. WHO BELIEVED THAT MIGHT ALWAYS MAKES RIGHT. AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CASE. YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT. BUT WE ARE CALLED UPON TO OFFER A DIFFERENT TYPE OF LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP STRONG ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE THAT NATIONS SHARE COMMON INTERESTS AND PEOPLE SHARE A COMMON HUMANITY. AND, YES, THERE ARE CERTAIN IDEAS AND PRINCIPLES THAT ARE UNIVERSAL. THAT’S WHAT THOSE WHO SHAPED THE UNITED NATIONS 70 YEARS AGO UNDERSTOOD. LET US CARRY FORWARD THAT FAITH INTO THE FUTURE. FOR IT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN ASSURE THAT FUTURE WILL BE BRIGHTER. FOR MY CHILDREN AND FOR YOURS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

100 comments

  1. Yeah…just put a Saudi in charge of the Human Rights Commission, for sure beheading will scare of the violators big time ūüôā UN = NWO !

  2. These people are behind the creation of isis. They tried to get boots on the ground in Syria with the whole gassing trick, but it didn't work, so they released the hounds. They must topple the countries that aren't playing ball with the west. It's the only way to create their new world order. Iran has been on the agenda to take down for a long time as well, let's hope they bow down to the west, otherwise this will end in a major war. Nothing but lies from this man, he is a sale out to humanity. He's just an actor and he's great at it.

  3. Well Mr. president you've made clear that you're planing to send thousands of American boys to die for an Israeli cause, and If you don't care about your own, I don't know if I should mention those thousands of brave Syrian men who defend their country from Islamist terrorists, whom you've supported, both financially and politically. .

  4. Over 6,000 drone strikes with no oversight. Who is the real terrorist Saddam Hussein Obama? Who created this vacuum the great divider. I am ashamed to be an American under this tyrant. How many people have you killed Obama with a war you declared without congress? Obama needs more credit cards he can MAX out and leave our country a 3rd world nation run by foreign corporations and wall street.

  5. Trillions of dollars of debt for what? This proves more money more problems. Saudi Arabia and Israel are the real puppet masters of the middle east. America is not a mercenary force that can be bought by foreign interests stop selling out our country Mr. President

  6. Is he the first peace prize winner to appoint himself the power to indiscriminately murder anyone on the planet ?

    Certainly not the first politician to do the exact opposite of what he said he would do.
    Why would anyone believe anything this puppet has to say ?

  7. Great orator? Sounds like a computer generated voice only with less natural passion or fluency. This man is a vacant headed puppet who was supposed to mimic a great leader to deceive the masses with superficial change but the experiment didn't work and now this ridiculous figure is spending his final days in the role as nothing but a shallow celebrity while the control centre considers their options in turning the puppet in chief post into a full on celebrity show starting with the preposterous Trump and aiming it at the noisy low intelligent masses while they get on with the serious business of globalisation, individual control and agenda based neo-fascism using their sheeps clothing techniques.

  8. c'mon ppl, is this guy really that bad?
    I only read "hate" in the comments below.
    What about his achievements? Should have at least one.

  9. Obama/Barry Bush/Barry Soetoro campaign slogan in his first term was "YES WE CAN" Played backyards=Thank you Satan. I thought it was untrue till I backmasked my own voice saying it… It says it for sure. That wasn't on accident. This man and leaders and big money families around the world are evil and care nothing for human life. DO NOT BE DECEIVED.

  10. Isis is a creation of american and israeli intelligence to create chaos and division in the middle east,to turn sunnis and shiites against each other,to damage the image of muslims and to depose so called enemy regimes.Countries who want be sovereign and free from american and zionist control

  11. I see him and Putin telling almost the same thing. I am wondering whether the same guy or group of people wrote their script.

  12. I must say. Obama is quite a hypocrite and I believe he is misjudging some international and domestic situations. But there are some really stupid and outlandish comments on here. Most of them totally unconnected from this speech.

  13. They must have edited out the part of the speech where Obama said, death to America the great Satan is a term of endearment. We will eradicate the infidels of the west by breeding them out by exodus labeling our Muslim brothers as political refugee's. America now turns a blind eye to our Muslim brothers that are chaining little boys to their beds so they can be raped on U.S. military bases. Americans now accepts Muslims having nuclear bomb capabilities. We have now indoctrinated an entire generation of their children with commoncore pharmaceuticals Hollywood and music. And the MSM  extremely helpful in socially engineering the infidels by brainwashing and assimilating the simpleton's on a daily bases just so we can achieve our goals on a global scale, and its working. And all western countries have been programed/conditioned to condone us doing this tyranny in their own country or risk being labeled a racist. They value conformity now more than justice, and that's been the plan for the last 10 years now. Allah Akbar!! ((APPLAUSE)) ((STANDING OVATION)) ((DRAMATIC APPLAUSE))

  14. Somewhere in the world another drone strike happens.
    Can anyone say "bypass congress with executive orders"?
    I wonder who this guy's handler is?

  15. The war crimes, financial terrorism, and crimes against humanity committed by the USA and NATO since WWII will greatly outweigh the crimes committed by The Axis Powers in WWII. Reject these liars. Warn and wake up our brothers and sisters. Act out of Love Рteach those who act out of Fear the better path. Hence the clichè: More flies are caught with Honey than Vinegar.

  16. It is SO DIFFICULT to listen to SO MUCH FUCKING BULLSHIT and try to finish it!
    What we are witnessing is THE UN and President Obama RATIONALIZING the SLAUGHTER of 95% of Humanity with WW3.

  17. Did any of these trolls that commented actually listen to what he is saying or are they catching a few Fox headlines and deem themselves experts at international foreign policy? Damn.

  18. I'm surprised he didn't say something about we should killed all innocent blacks and arabs to achieve greater israel. Fuck obama we need another John F Kennedy. but men like him are killed by bastards like this.

  19. Obama is a treasonous lying coward. Licking the boots of his handlers. The U.N. needs to be exposed for the the tyrannical organization it is. These people are not about the forward progress of humanity in the least. Only the forward progress of the so called elite. Who hide behind organizations such as this. Rings within rings. Obama's right you can't turn lies into truth.

  20. Greetings from Japan.
    I don't like the Obama Administration, but I like America.
    In my opinion, Obama is a wimp and incompetent.

  21. The U.N. is a bunch of maniacs… You play the love game while you drone strike areas of the world.. Then want us to drive hybrids to cut emissions for the earth hahaha sounds like you dont live under the laws you want us to have

  22. We do not need your democracy pidirskie us Idit you their democracies on dick!!!

  23. This piece of shit OBAMA ENDORSES CHILD RAPE. He is "suppose" to be Commander in Chief of the Armed Services and they just threw out a Green Beret for beating an Afgan Army Commander who chained up a child to his bed on a MILITARY BASE. This Green Beret, Charles Martland beat the shit out of the guy for raping an eleven year old child over and over again and his commanders told him to look the other way. FUCK YOU OBAMA. YOU'RE A LOSER AND AS PUTIN PUTS IT, an "AMATURE" and in my eyes, PATHETIC and USELESS. Fucking asshole. Obama gives the deserter BURGDHAL and his family basically a ticker tape parade AND RELEASES FROM GITMO, 5 evil killers of Al Qaeda to go and fight and kill AMERICANS. OBAMA IS A GODDAMNED JOKE. IMPEACH HIM NOW! He has killed this country and our standing in the world. THE USA is a JOKE now. A FUCKING JOKE. He just loves our enemies and shits on our allies while his fat assed wife spends billions on fucking vacations. FUCK HIM AND ESPECIALLY, FUCK THAT FAT ASSED WIFE OF HIS.

  24. if this guy isnt being so darn hypocritical … he hasnt kept this country out of drama. why must we keep hearing such lies. the only change obama had for us was to make the USA look even more incompetent than even a third world country. omg he just needs to sit down, and give back the peace prize while hes at it.

  25. LIKE I TOLD MY WIFE WHEN THIS ASSHOLE STARTED CAMPAIGNING, HE IS NOTHING BUT A USED CAR SALESMEN. NOTHING MORE. AMATURE. ALSO. IF YOU WERE TO VOTE FOR THE IDIOT BIDEN, YOU'RE DOING NOTHING BUT VOTING FOR OBAMA OVER AGAIN. JUST A BIGGER IDIOT WHO IS FROM THE OLD DAYS OF WASHINGTON. SAME-O SAME-O. We need someone with balls. NOBODY. I MEAN NOBODY LIKE THE PUSSY OBAMA. HE HAS ZERO BALLS.

  26. President Obama is a strong, dignified and highly intelligent leader. To understand the real values we in America have always fought for requires understanding our history and how far we have come. Progressive ideas have made America great and President Obama is a great leader who well respected by other world leaders. All you haters are nothing more than small brains regurgitating extreme right wing garbage fed to you by Fox Noose. No matter as you will never comprehend true greatness and no one cares.

  27. The New World Order will dominate the earth. It will be new era of global prosperity. The people who oppose this, will be on the loosing side of history. Resistance is futile, so cease your conspiracy nonsense and realize the true ambitions of the One World Government..

  28. Either Obama is real idiot, has no idea of how US foreign policy in the world works or he is a cold blooded psychopath murderous corrupt liar (he is like a serial killer at night while preach out at church in the morning, he like to do evilest thing while in the dark while put up a calm wise smiley face while in the spotlight) I think he is the later. USA funded and trained terrorist group around the world to overthrow governments, destabilize the region and its economy. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-21/secret-cable-reveals-us-plan-overthrow-assad-exploiting-extremist-groups

  29. CNN, thanks for not deleting comments from Lokhs, trolls and neadekvates – it's interesting to see and know reaction from them to President's speech. ūüôā (y)

  30. The more I think about it – HOW THE HELL will Donald Trump talk like this when elected. I just can't imagine him doing this!

  31. Everyone can contribute and participate. But what about domestic terrorism. Mass shootings in the U.S.? We have to walk cautiously these days.

  32. Obama has ignored entrance of Christian refugees to the United States and is totally selective of those immigrants who will follow his own self-interests. Split tongue. Selfishness and corporate greed supercede any climate change problems.

  33. What a junior college professor speech. Americans are humiliated by this man. Putin made him a basic bitch.

  34. Does anyone watch CNN anymore? What kind of morons elect a Narcissistic Manchurian Butt Pansy and his transexual wife TWICE?

  35. I respect the American people, there are many good and kind people. But your President and your government I hate. They have their hands in the blood.

  36. but believe anything that Lying Blockhead Fool Jerk Obams has to say all that comes out of his mouth is nothing but lies and only more lies to us the American people this Jerk must be on drugs he must smoke them a lot and that because of this i think he lives in some kind of a Dream World where he thinks that there is nothing wrong but i got a news flash for you there is but this Fool just won,t believe it he has cause many problems around the World as well as here in this country for which i blame him for everything that has happen ever since this Blockhead took office in 2009 i feel he is a Coward and has a yellow line running down his back side in my view he should resign or be put in Prison behind Bars where he belongs,

  37. AL CAPONE gone wild
    "As much troops the United Nations will need in order to KEEP THE PEACE"
    Because planting seeds is out of the question.

    I talk to my children about Obama, and teach them about how to listen to this guy. The master of double talk. After listening to his Nobel Peace speech I was mindboggled, but now I'm afraid

  38. So lets ask this who the fuck do you think you are to have a say so in our behalf. Bitch shut up and go fuck your self we the pepole dont want to live in your fairy tale world aint nothing you got to offer us but lies and enslavement. So againg FUCK YOU!!!!

  39. I watched this again just to compare the speech the people’s President Donald Trump with this lying satanic demon no comparison!!! Father God Almighty take this Obama demon down and his Clinton goons with him In Jesus name Amen !!! GOD BLESS OUR TRUMP !!

  40. I just came here to see if anyone laughed at my last President and look no laughs. Hope you Dotard followers are proud of the POS you and Russia put in the WH.

  41. More lies from.CNN the speech was 2 hours long fake fucks at CNN .how can yoy be such hypicrites ,well actually its easy when the cock suckers at yputube make sure you cant fibd tge whole real speach by this communust forked tougned faget

  42. https://youtu.be/RNha3nabZeI we saw this to asshole to bad CNN hidrs it from there brsin dead snowflakes . 2 genders mother fuckers man and woman yoy got more ? lets see sone facts to back it up .

  43. Oh tea bitch tell us abput Iran and this prick is such a hypicrite that this was afyer he got caught red hamded giving them money and went as far as exchaging US dollars for other countries curranct to try to hide it , mother fucjer your problem is yoy actually think everyone is as dumb asx the idiots that one day we will find out what you did to there poor dumb asses .

  44. Help lLibya my ass you and that cunt clinton stoled alll his gold and where filtering the all his weapon stash through Bengazi , and giving them to Isis . thats why they got no help you wanted all the evidence gone, you evil mother fucker .

  45. https://youtu.be/RNha3nabZeI yea that not what you say here about isis thar you call isel so your dumbfuck snowflakes dont understand you . Mr closet fag you wil soon be at the. Disneyland for homos ,im jail mother fucker , by the way what happen to the parts of this speech wbere you insultall of us in the USA and talk about how stupud we are? no asshole your stupid cause now your trying so hard to convince us what a great presudent yoh whete , like if we dont remember what a worthless piece of shit you are . Die slow and in. pain faget .

  46. What you do with all the Russian weapons thay Kadafy had in Lybia faget ? Trained isis or should i say isel , this prick is a hypocrite be got caugth delivering billions to Iran radical muslin clericks and listen to this cock sucker spew shit . Your not going to last for much longer with out bars around you. Lets hear some more pc about illegals that at the same tine you had brainless dumbfucks swallowing your lies ,you deported more people than any other President in our history , fuck you for 50 years The asshole you callled a hunanitarian destoyed and murdered the people of CUBA you communist prick . Thats why this 2 faced cock sucker talks so well ,lije the rest of the evil communust dictators always have . You. will pay for all you did you 2 faced evil bitch . And i cant wait to see it .keep taking credit for what Trumps doing , stupid fuck do you really think everyone is as stupid as the snowflakes you created by fucking up our school system ? Common sence destrooying common core .we saw the results of what you did to kids when Trump beat your evil twat comrade Clinton ,kids crying saying they where goung to get killed , you where behind that , had the kids doing that , never in the history of any election have we seen any of that happen ,a good moral man whould of gone on tv and asked the public to stop protesting ,and you said nothing about the adds offeting 15 bucks an hour to protest Trump , ans what was that about the intervkew the day before the election telling illegals it was ok to vote bevase they live hear ,what bitch you tnink mo one saw that , fuck you fuck your tranny wife and fyck those skamks you call your kids , you tried real hard to fool everyone but thank God allot of us have common sence still . Pack alot of lube faget your going to fahets disneylamd soon bitch . Prison you ignorant hypicrite

  47. Fugures CNN putt this shit hear and like always lied about it being the whole speach
    , the whole thing lasted way longer than this . Where all the parts that he insults everyone that in the USA , you idiots allow CNN to show you edited videos , smh

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