Obama at the UN: Eloquence Is Not Enough
The president may face tough questions on N. Korea, Iran, and climate change
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 5:53 PM CDT
President Barack Obama answers a reporter's question during his meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Not shown, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – President Obama will get a respite from America’s rancorous political scene when he appears at the United Nations next week, but he may find international squabbles just as heated, Economist writes. An enthusiastic multilateralist, Obama is loved by leaders around the world. But topics like North Korea, Iran, and climate change could blow a little chill into their international love-fest.

Thus far, Obama's friendly geopolitical stance has failed to curb nuclear ambitions in North Korea and Iran, or overturn Iran's contested national elections. On climate change, the Democrats are unlikely to pass a cap-and-trade-bill before summit talks in Copenhagen. So once the world's smile has faded, Obama may have to explain why the US is unable to reduce its own carbon emissions.