Publicado el 09-26-2012
in New York
This Tuesday, September 25th, both presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, were in New York speaking before important forums.
The President Obama spoke first before the General Assembly of the United Nations and later during a luncheon of the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization founded by former President Clinton. Romney spoke at a public meeting on education, where he answered questions from the moderator and the public, mostly educators and students, about his ideas and plans to improve education, which was broadcast on television. Later, he also spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative.
President Obama’s speech at the United Nations tried to convey a message that would interest a domestic audience as well as the world leaders convened in the General Assembly. In a thirty-minute speech he affirmed that there are values that “are not simply American Values or Western values – they are universal values.” He said very clearly that the United States “will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”, although he said that the situation should be solved through diplomacy and that he felt that there was still time to do so.
Freedom of expression was another topic President Obama spoke about at the United Nations, explaining why the infamous video about Muhammad was filmed in the United States, reaching every corner of the world by way of the Internet. In many countries and, of course, in the Islamic countries in the Middle East, it is hard to understand the concept of freedom of expression upheld in the First Amendment of the
U. S. Constitution.
Obama mentioned the attack in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and four other Americans were killed. Actually, he began his speech speaking about Stevens and said that “there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents… there is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy…”
The media have commented that President Obama did not take advantage of his visit to the United Nations to meet in private with other world leaders. Perhaps this is the first time that this has happened.
In this 67th General Assembly, like in all previous one since the UN was founded, there is world-wide expectation to know what is said and also to know what left unsaid.