President Obama at the UN

Text of the President’s remarks here

120 Responses to “President Obama at the UN”

  1. 7 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Best EVER!

  2. 8 Allison
    September 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Brilliant speech! Congrats Japa on 1st!

  3. September 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    With your indulgence…

  4. 18 utaustinliberal
    September 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    How much do I love this law? Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much!

  5. 19 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  6. 21 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  7. 22 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  8. 24 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  9. 28 yardarm756
    September 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    An in depth look at ALEC. Scary.

  10. 29 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  11. 30 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    • September 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      It makes NO SENSE to me that upping this ridiculous cap on Social Security contributions on earned income exists at all. But raising it a reasonable figure of say, $1 million seems like such a no-brainer.

      Worth repeating:

      Who can possibly deny that America’s 1% are plutocrats?

  12. 32 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  13. 33 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Three leaders of Germany’s Green Party have announced their resignations after the party came fourth in the election won by the ruling conservatives.

    The Greens’ leading spokesman, Juergen Trittin, said he was stepping down and would not seek a leadership post again.

    Claudia Roth and another leader, Renate Kuenast, have also resigned. The Greens will elect a new top team next month.

    A senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected holding any coalition talks with the Greens.

    Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer said the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) would be potential coalition partners, not the Greens, who got 8.4%.


  14. 34 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  15. 35 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  16. 36 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Todd Hughes is confirmed 98-0.

  17. 38 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  18. 43 Dudette
    September 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  19. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  20. 45 Vicki
    September 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Unconfirmed NYC News: President Obama is to meet with Bill deBlasio today.

    • 46 globalcitizenlinda
      September 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      highly probable;

      remember there will be a fundraiser for Dems in NY later this evening and PBO is expected to speak there

  21. 47 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Obama Enrages Republican Warmongers by Pursuing Nuclear Weapons Deal With Iran

    By: Jason Easley


    For what feels like millionth time, President Obama demonstrated that his foreign policy ideology is almost the opposite of George W. Bush. His address to the UN today was comprehensive and insightful. Obama laid out the damned if you do, damned if you don’t position that the United States faces on many foreign policy issues. He expressed no reluctance to act when necessary, but made it clear to the UN that after a decade plus of war, the American people are tired of military conflict, so we expect the rest of the world to step up and do more.

    It is a bad day to be a Republican warmonger. If Obama is successful, the entire Republican rationale for war with Iran will evaporate. After living through more than a decade of Bush instigated war, President Obama is attempting to lay the path for lasting peace.



    • 48 Lovepolitics2008
      September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      President Barack Obama not only enrages Republican Warmongers; he is going against the whole gang of war profiteers and their allies within the Pentagon. What we call “the military-industrial complex”. President Obama has so much COURAGE and INTEGRITY.

      Watch for the media to become EVEN MORE vicious towards him.

      I’ve always felt that the main reason why President Obama is met with such vicious opposition is because he is FEARED. People who benefit from the status quo, either on the domestic or the foreign policy front, have sensed since the beginning that Barack Obama is no ordinary leader. He is a REAL people’s president. And he CAN’T BE BOUGHT. He is patient, willing to compromise if he doesn’t have a choice. But his heart and his soul are in the right place. He will push as hard as he can to make this world a better one, with more peace and justice for all.

  22. September 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    • 53 GGail
      September 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Oh Bibi, grow up!!!

    • 54 Nena20409
      September 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Netanyahu is not a leader.

    • 56 globalcitizenlinda
      September 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      wondered about this in my comments on the earlier post today.

      Bibi is probably pushing for PBO to not shake hands with Iran’s President.

      PB has find a way around those who are resisting change

      • 57 Nena20409
        September 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Netanyahu has No such power at the UN. I just saw his face on TV shaking PBO’s hand and speaking to him.

        Iran’s president will not appear where Alcohol is served. Their religion prohibits it.

        • 58 globalcitizenlinda
          September 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

          I was thinking more about Bibi’s influence with many in the foreign policy establishment and in through some people who are influential in the congress. reports indicate that Bibi has been pushing back against overtures to Iran.

          one thing I know for sure is that PBO is not a push-over and that Bibi has no huge independent influence at the UN.

    • 59 Lovepolitics2008
      September 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Netanyahu further isolates Israël. He’s like the GOP; he doesn’t GET IT. Yet.

    • 61 ericfive
      September 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Netanyahu has never shown respect for PBO and I don’t expect him to start now. He as serious ISSUES. GWB was and remains extremely popular in Israel, largely because he allowed Israel to do whatever it wanted during his presidency. PBO refuses to play that game, so Netanyahu feels the need to act out like a spoiled brat. I found GWB kowtowing to Israel very unseemly, seemed like the tail wagging the dog.

      • 62 Nena20409
        September 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        POTUS is solid. Determined. Nobody’s fool. Netanyahu is trying to please his base in Israel and his supporters in US.

        He wants US to keep supporting all the Modern version Apartheid form of governance that he has pursued for many years. He helped derail the peace in the 1990s and he is at it again. The Citizens of Israel have got to stand up and reject pure nonsense.

  23. 63 GGail
    September 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This is to our TOD brother, Jovie.

    Jovie, I am so sorry your baby has passed on. I hear the pain and sorrow in your writing. I also have heard the love you and your lab shared and the joy she brought into your life.

    While you are grieving, would you share pictures and stories with us so we can help you through the process? We are your family and we want to be here for you.


    • 64 57andfemale
      September 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I second that.

    • 65 theo67
      September 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Very sad news – just hearing about this now. Jovie, having sadly lost a beloved dog several years ago, I certainly can feel your pain. You have so many happy memories with your lab, over time, they will certainly become a comfort and a joy. Hang in there.

  24. September 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    #TrustBarack Yes We Can

  25. September 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Dear Jovie,
    Regret the news of the loss of your dearly loved lab. What my wife and I have found to be the most important way to recover from the grief of the death of one of our cats is sharing our home with a newly born kitty.
    You have a wonderful TOD family supporting you, please just know that.

  26. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    thinking about the many heads of state who were present during PBO’s first speech at the UN (some hoarding the cameras) and how many are no longer there (dead or out of office)

  27. 72 JER
    September 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    POTUS is speaking now.

  28. 73 JER
    September 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Jovie: I am so sorry to hear the news that you lost your dear lab. I know how much you loved your baby. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  29. September 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Jovie, Thoughts, sympathy and big (((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))) sent your way. Our family has had to say goodbye to 3 cats and two dogs over the years. The pain of the loss will eventually lessen…….never go away completely. A new pet will not replace the one you lost, but it will let you share your love and devotion. Know that we love you and understand your pain and loss.

  30. September 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Rouhani did not show up at the luncheon. Why? Chickening out? Ugh

  31. 77 Jovie
    September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hey guys just checking in… Thanks for all the nice responses, I appreciate it.
    I want my dog back so bad.
    She has addisons and she started panting, but she had her shot yesterday.
    But she had yet another addisons crash, called doctor at 6 this morning, she didn’t have a good night.
    By the time he got there, she had stopped breathing.
    I keep wondering what if I brought her to another 25 hour vet etc. it’s killing me, beating myself up.
    Anyways, just stopping by to say thanks for the support, it helps, trust me.
    10/03/03 Jovie!!!

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I wish you peace as you mourn her.

      • 79 carolyn
        September 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Jovie, please don’t beat yourself up with “what ifs”…..I know by your writing you did everything you could for her. We had a little schnoodle who had Cushing’s…..our vet said the opposite of Addison’s. Eventually her life because almost unbearable…she lost her sight, and so much more. We let her live too long because we just could not let her go. What happened to your precious is really a compassionate outcome. If she had Addison’s she was suffering, and I know your love did not want her to suffer more.
        She will always be part of you, Jovie. Treasure her sweet life.

        • 80 57andfemale
          September 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

          I had the same experience with my Calliope. the balance between our not letting her go for us and not for her. Mercifully, she made the decision for us. I have been braver, more selfless since. Jovie, you did everything possible. You will know that, in time.

        • September 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

          Exactly what I was thinking, Carolyn. Jovie, you don’t know that a swift passing wasn’t a huge mercy to your lab — if it got bad you’d have never known until she had been through an awful lot of unnecessary pain. Instead, you did all you could not just to sustain life… but to give her a life worth living.

    • 82 GGail
      September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Jovie, thanks for stopping by.
      Be good to yourself and remember – we’re here for you!

    • 83 Nena20409
      September 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Jovie. I hope you are doing as well as can be expected.


      We are all sending you our TOD collective LOVE.

    • 84 Dakota
      September 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Very sorry for your loss Jovie. I know how sad you are. Hopefully thinking of all the joy she brought you will help to ease her passing for you.

    • 85 57andfemale
      September 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      jovie, wonddring what you did right or wrong – that, unfortunately is part of this process. I have haunting guilt about a mistake I might have made with my beloved Pilgrim.

      I said on the chat room for his type of cancer that I was wracked with guilt. I had not made perfect choices, and he deserved Perfect.

      A friend on the chat said, “Pilgrim didnt expect perfection. He expected your love, your best intentions. You never wavered in that.”

      It was time. She knows that. She was secure in your love and best intentions.

    • September 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I don’t comment here, but read this blog daily. It is indeed sad when one loses a pet. Take comfort in knowing that you gave your lab a
      good and loving home, that is the best medicine. I lost my dog 4 years ago and still grieve, but it helps me when I remember that I showed her an awful lot of love and received an awful lot of love in return

    • 87 taiping1
      September 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Jovie: so sorry for your loss. I lost my two dogs last year to cancer and miss them still. Got a cat who thinks she is a dog which has helped. Dogs are our best friends.

    • September 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      So sorry for your loss Jovie. She was blessed to have you. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet and yet it is easy to second-guess ourselves when the outcome is so tragic.

    • 89 sjterrid
      September 25, 2013 at 1:36 am

      {{Jovie}} I’m so sorry you lost your lab. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please don’t blame yourself, it was just her time to go. You are lucky that you had her for 10 years, and remember all the good times you shared together.

  32. 90 yardarm756
    September 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  33. 92 sherijr
    September 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hey folks, do we know if the US delegation plans to remain for Iran’s speech? I read above that Netanyahu has called for his delegation to walk out.

    • 93 Nena20409
      September 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      It has not been said. But the anticipation is that they will stay and hear the Iran pres out. But should he say something off, no doubt, the US delegation will depart.

    • September 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Wordered about this in my earlier comments here. I hope the US delegates stay and listen

    • 95 theo67
      September 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      I believe the main reason the US delegation used to walk out on Ahmadinejad was because he denied the holocaust. Given that there have been overtures to the Jewish community, I doubt we’re going to see this stuff again.

  34. 96 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The guy they interviewed at bbc gave proper props for pbo for his diplomacy in ME affairs while the anchor phillipa thomas, was acting more like rachel maddow with her stupid hand gestures and hish school girly voice intonations. Guess her stint in america taught her some ‘journalism’.

  35. 102 Nena20409
    September 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Okay….This is funny. I know that some here do not like Bill Clinton and Bono.

    But this is funny. It is only a few seconds.

  36. 105 Ladyhawke
    September 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts McCain, Graham: ‘Bordering On Being Traitors’


    Wilkerson continued:

    And then you come to this country and you find Netanyahu’s allies in people like Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham — from my home state — and others, who are bordering on being traitors in my view, because they won’t let this president have room to achieve a diplomatic solution. They’re all angry now that he didn’t bomb Syria. . . . And so they’re moving on to Iran.
    Wilkerson laid out what he considers to be a reasonable compromise: Iran would “limit its enrichment to what would be normally done under a civilian program,” he said. In addition, the country would submit to “very rigorous inspections” for a period of around five years to guarantee that any program is “purely civilian.”


    Full post including video here ……


  37. 106 Nena20409
    September 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Todd Hughes 98-0 Unanimous consent Votes….. Wow!

    There, There:

    Hope and Change.

    And Sarah Palin, wept 😦

    All I Great!

  38. 107 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    ratzi, the nazi denies any child abuse cover up. Rrriiight.


  39. 110 Nena20409
    September 24, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I suppose Rafael Edward Cruz is now on his pretentious Filibustering?



    • September 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      From TPM:

      Ted Cruz is reportedly about to take to the Senate floor for what can most charitably be called a mock filibuster. We’re still sorting out the particulars, but it appears that under the rules governing the Senate’s current debate, on the continuing resolution that would either defund Obamacare or shutdown the government, a true talking filibuster is not permitted.

      There are 30 hours for debate, 15 for each side. Cruz may be able to talk for quite a while, consuming the rest of Senate Republicans’ allocated time, but it’s not a filibuster. The technical term for it is … grandstanding.

  40. 114 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    sarkozy loses yet another court appeal over bettany campaign corruption case. hope he meets the same fate as his rw italian bro.

  41. 115 amk for obama
    September 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Nairobi nightmare is finally over. Or is it? Now they are saying many bodies are buried in the rubble after three floors collapsed due to yesterday’s fire.

  42. September 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Jovie, best wishes to you from me and the missus. We lost two kitties within a week of each other two years ago. We know the pain you feel.

  43. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    September 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    It may be in the best interests of the pursuit for global peace that Iran’s President Mr. Rouhani did not show up at the UN luncheon.

    While the photo of a handshake between him and PBO may have been good for diplomacy, I think that their preliminary meetings need to happen out of sight.

    There are so many people in the US and abroad who would be callous enough to use ANY gestures towards reconciliation as political football.

    We know how the usual suspects would behave – they would become very vocal in their attempts to undermine any progress between US & Iran – as long as they know PBO wants it.

  44. 120 GGail
    September 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I just heard President Obama’s UN speech. It shows that he has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on and his ear to the ground to hear what is being said and the understanding of how it is being perceived around the USA and the world. He also is very clear about what the USA will and won’t do.

    God bless President Barack Obama.

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