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Obama Hits Some Stale Notes at U.N.
by Joseph Klein
Between taping an appearance on "The View," fundraisers and campaign events, President Obama managed to act the part of the leader of the free world by stopping by the United Nations on September 25th to deliver a speech in which he advocated the principle of free speech and called on "those who condemn" the "slander" of the prophet of Islam to "also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied." Although in certain respects Obama's speech was better than that of U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, some of his statements were more than eyebrow-raising.
There is nothing like a presidential campaign to focus the incumbent president's mind, particularly when his feckless policies in the Middle East have become a political hot potato for him. That said, it was a pleasant surprise to hear President Obama turn away from his apologetic 2009 speech in Cairo – even if only temporarily.
President Obama's strongest words came during his explanation of the rationale for our constitutional right of free speech:
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