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Obama Gets Mixed Reviews on World Stage

By Ben Pershing
President Obama has now crossed the midpoint of a week dominated by top-level international summitry on U.S. soil, temporarily distracting him from the twin challenges of health-care reform and Afghanistan that currently dominate the domestic political scene.

After an address to the United Nations Wednesday calling on other nations to reciprocate America's efforts to foster global cooperation on issues like climate change, Obama will use the Security Council meeting Thursday to call for increased efforts to combat nuclear proliferation (an issue he focused on during his term in the Senate). Then he moves on to Pittsburgh for the start of the two-day G-20 summit. "Obama comes to a global summit here pushing a slimmed-down agenda designed to prevent a repeat of the conditions that caused such panic a few months ago," the Associated Press reports. "Obama will tell world leaders that the global economy cannot continually rely on huge borrowing and spending by Americans and massive exports by countries such as China."

Will Obama's engagements with other nations help him in his own? "The thinking among many Democratic strategists is that Obama is at his best when he is on a big stage, looking and acting like a statesman," The Fix writes. Presumably the content of Obama's dialogue on stage is at least as important as the simple fact that he is on it, particularly if Republicans are seeking to make the case -- as they did during his past foreign trips -- that Obama is bowing to, or courting favor from, foreign countries at the expense of American values. Peter Wehner calls Obama's UN address "the latest stop on his American Apology Tour" where he "once again succumbed to what has become almost a clinical addiction: criticizing the United States in front of an international audience."

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Posted at 8:31 AM ET on Sep 24, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Obama is setting the stage for dealings amongst nations of the world- get the others to be more engaged and committed in helping to resolve global issues.

Posted by: joejunior1234 | September 27, 2009 12:45 AM

Like "Atlas" this president during his eight months in office has been carrying a whole lot on his shoulders. Who bats a l00 all the time? No one. Mixed reviews anticipated? Surely.

Yet, says very little to quibble about.

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 25, 2009 10:42 PM

Another thing, you know why the right is so negative about President Barack Obama's success at the UN, because it was the scene of their worst nightmare, their most singular abject moment"Iraq has WMD and we have the proof" wonder they are, to use a recent phrase "wee-weeing" themselves..Say what you will about the left, but, one thing is for sure they do have sense of modesty and self-control..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 24, 2009 10:39 PM

President Barack Obama showed what true leadership is all about at the UN this week, and sadly, some of those on the right are still haunted by the vision of W at the world stage..President Obama told the truth, and now it is time for the rest of the world to step up and stop blaming the US for all their ills..does that sound like a criticism of the US or of the rest of the world..Some of these right wingers are so warped..they can't even be honest with themselves..

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 24, 2009 10:35 PM

Obama really does have a busy week, which begs the question if, with so many things on his plate, he will be able to pay proper attention to any of them and bring about progress on the issues. This video, shows that people have mixed feelings on their confidence in Obama.

Posted by: ashaindra | September 24, 2009 5:46 PM

By people who are able to reason Obama got a good reception. To be criticized by someone who wants America to continue to be the bully of the world is to be criticized by someone who is himself mixed up.

Bullies are cowards, Americans have courage. The lesson of the last eight years will only be learned by those with the courage to re-evaluate in the face of failure.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 24, 2009 4:23 PM

As POTUS Plays Upon the World Stage...



• When will Team Obama realize that covert programs are subverting the rule of law and violating the civil and human rights of thousands of unjustly "targeted" Americans -- their lives and livelihoods ruined, a socio-political AMERICAN GENOCIDE conducted under the legal cover of the USA Patriot Act?

• These are CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CONSTITUTION -- enabled by federal officials who are either naive, misinformed, or complicit. OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 24, 2009 10:53 AM

In many ways I thought that our way of dealing with foreign governments was inappropriate under George Bush.

After ten months of observing Barack Obama handling foreign policy I am beginning to wish that Bush would return.

My main concern is President Obama apologizing for Bush's foreign policy. He might ot of always been right but he was looking out for the interests of the United States.

Posted by: mwhoke | September 24, 2009 10:20 AM

Lets not kid ourselves-- after several years of a different 'kind' of message, Obama is indeed the new 'statesman' on the block.

Not surprised by mixed reviews, but encouraged by the message he has for the G20 and pleased that he's bringing back the subject of nuclear non- proliferation, back to the table.

On the subject of his contant apology for America on the world stage-- I listened to his speech at the UN and heard something quite different. But I will do a re-play.

But 'interpretation' of any issue for most of us is 'subjective.'

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 24, 2009 9:46 AM

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