The President’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly

Sep 23, 2009 6:35am

"Some of our actions have yielded progress," President Obama will tell the United Nations General Assembly, according to speech excerpts provided by the White House. "Some have laid the groundwork for progress in the future. But make no mistake: this cannot be solely America’s endeavor."

Taking on critics of the US, the president will say, "those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone. We have sought – in word and deed – a new era of engagement with the world. Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Says the president, "If we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility. Consider the course that we are on if we fail to confront the status quo. Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world. Protracted conflicts that grind on and on. Genocide and mass atrocities. More and more nations with nuclear weapons. Melting ice caps and ravaged populations. Persistent poverty and pandemic disease.

"I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: the magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action," he will say.

– jpt

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