Bolton: Obama's UN Address Naive, 'Post-American'

Ex-UN rep not impressed by president's focus on 'interests that unite us'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:52 AM CDT
President Obama addresses the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – President Obama's address to the United Nations yesterday was long on uniting nations and short on looking out for American interests, complains Bush administration UN representative John Bolton. The "Wilsonian" address was "a post-American speech by our first post-American president," and was "very revealing of Obama’s foreign policy," he notes.

The president packed his talk with references to UN bodies and treaties, signaling "just how much of US foreign policy he wants to run through the UN," Bolton tells the National Review. Obama was so apologetic for the actions of past administrations that the speech became "yet another symbol of American weakness," Bolton argues. "It was all extremely naïve," Bolton concludes. "The president did everything he could to say: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’”