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Obama, In Final UN Speech, Calls For World Course Correction, Makes Jab At Trump

UNITED NATIONS (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that the forces of globalization have exposed “deep fault lines” across the globe, calling for a “course correction” to ensure that nations and their peoples don’t retreat into a more sharply divided world.

Obama, in his final speech to the U.N. General Assembly, lamented that the world has become safer and more prosperous at the same time that nations are struggling with a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism and a breakdown in basic order in the Middle East.

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He said governing had become more difficult as people lose faith in public institutions and tensions among nations spiral out of control more rapidly.

“This is the paradox that defines the world today,” Obama said. “We must go forward, and not backward.”

Obama sought to use his last appearance before the global body to define how his leadership had put the world on a better trajectory over the last eight years. At the heart of that approach, Obama said, is the notion that the biggest conflicts are best solved when nations cooperate rather than tackle them individually.

In a less-than-subtle jab at Donald Trump, the Republican running to replace him, Obama said, “A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.”

Obama’s parting words to the global body contained a grim assessment of the challenges he’s leaving behind: a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism, financial inequality and a tendency to make immigrants and Muslims scapegoats. Across the Middle East, he said, “basic security, basic order has broken down.”

It’s a theme that Democrat Hillary Clinton has put at the forefront of her campaign for president, casting herself as the natural continuation of Obama’s legacy. In a subtle reference to her opponent, Donald Trump, Obama bemoaned how terrorist networks had spread their ideology on social media, spurring anger toward “innocent immigrants and Muslims.”

The president cited his administration’s outreach to former adversaries Cuba and Myanmar as key examples of progress, along with global cooperation to cut emissions blamed for global warming.

At the same time, he said he sought not to “whitewash” challenges across the globe, some of which he attributed to deepening anxieties about the profound shifts inflicted by technology and growing international interdependence.

“In order to move forward though, we do have to acknowledge that the existing path to global integration requires a course correction,” Obama said.

Hanging over the U.N. gathering was the weekend bombing in Chelsea that Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared an act of terror. Security in Manhattan, already high in light of the U.N. summit, was further tightened.

On Monday, suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, who authorities believe is also behind a bombing in Seaside Park, New Jersey, was captured following a shootout with police after he was found sleeping in a doorway of a bar in Linden, New Jersey.

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One Comment

  1. Spamf Roming says:

    He has harsher words for Trump and Republicans, and everyday Americans who hate his destructive and tyrannical executive orders, than he does for Al Qaeda, ISIS, North Korea and Iran combined. Traitor. Also, stay out of my city you big jerk! You keep coming here and screwing up the whole city. You aren’t loved by New Yorkers, Dear Leader, aside from the loud elite minority who swoon for you, just because of your race. It’s a pity they run the media and city hall. You are a disgrace and a tinpot dictator. Go away!!!!!!! And take your Klingon wife with you!

  2. After recently affirming that climate change is the number one threat to humanity, he said not one word about it in this speech to the UN.

  3. Still stumping for open borders. What a disgrace

  4. The Facts says:

    Obozo remains delusional until the end!

  5. Les Deplorables says:

    What a POS One World Gov’t advocate!

  6. All I can say is read between the lines. The way he subtlety addresses his agenda towards Globalization.

    1. No, his agenda is to make America into a one-party third world hellhole

  7. Shut your yapper and get to packing, your done.

  8. obo says:


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