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September 23rd, 2009
02:02 PM ET

Obama calls for new era in world relations

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - President Obama made a forceful call Wednesday for a new era in global relations, urging the United Nations to move past old divisions and disputes to reassert itself as a leading force in confronting the most pressing issues of today.

President Barack Obama delivers his first address to the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters September 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama delivers his first address to the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters September 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In his first speech as president to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama sought to distance his young administration from unilateral policies of his predecessor, while pledging a U.S. commitment to work with the United Nations in forging a better common future for all.

"The United States stands ready to begin a new chapter of international cooperation - one that recognizes the rights and responsibilities of all nations," Obama said in concluding a speech that received strong applause.

He told the assembly that the world's countries, both individually and collectively as the United Nations, have failed to put aside old ways of thinking and acting as they confront threats to global security and stability.

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  1. jim vicalvi

    Couldn't have said it better Dave. And, mike-sey I have seen your previous comments repeated ad nauseum in this and other articles. One can only visualize where your nose is buried. Who is this "pastor dennis"? Is that his real name or title? If really a Pastor then maybe his church's tax exemption should be taken away just like that other "pastor" that wanted obama dead. What's the difference?

    September 24, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  2. Pastor Dennis

    Instead of adding a "positive" response, many members of the Republican party, as well as some commentary from a few reporters that are Republican- blasted the President for his speech before the United Nations. They just don't get it...WE do NOT want eight more years of what Bush put us through..and I'm an Independent! Everything from health care, to this speech, to our financial situation- of which are budget was balanced when Bush took office....or do THEY forget!

    Pastor D- Chicago, IL

    September 24, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  3. mike-sey

    Still haven't figured out what this so-called Iranian threat is. It's repeated ad nauseum, yet Iran has every right under the rules to develop nuclear technology. It has repeatedly denied it is developing nuclear weapons. So far it has none. There is no evidence that its enrichment program is producing weapons-grade material; Yet the drumbeat of threat rolls on from the usual suspects.

    And how is a mistaken skepticism of the holocaust relevant to the issue at all, let alone an indication of a "threat"?

    September 24, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  4. Dave

    This is what I don't like about Obama, he's trying to build himself up by tearing down this country. For him to come in and declare a 'new era' for the US and our relationship is to ignore most of history, as we have in fact always worked with the UN. CNN is only too happy to oblige Obama and his dissing of the US because that means they can sell more advertising overseas in countries that hate the US. If Obama could just be honest and stop trying to set fire to the building so he can bravely put out the fire, objective history might consider the man a great President someday. To the Obama sheep he is a hero, to the other half of the country he is a dangerous buffoon at this point.

    September 24, 2009 at 12:22 am |
  5. CHUCK

    THIS IS THE SAME REASON WHY A FEW MONTHS AGO I CALLED ON CNN TO GET RID OF HEIDI COLLINS BECAUSE SHE IS JUST PLAIN STUPID. THE FIRST QUESTION ASKED BY COLLINS AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH TO THE UN WAS -IS HE STILL PUSHING THE BUSH'S POLICIES. MY ANSWER TO COLLINS IS NO,GEORGE BUSH WAS A DICTATOR,BULLY,AND A THIEF WHILE BARACK OBAMA IS A GENUINE HUMAN BEING AND A TRUE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD.

    September 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm |