Magazine October 4, 2010, Issue

Obama’s U.N. Record

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. (Alex Wong/Getty)
Surprise: It’s not what it was supposed to be

Barack Obama will make his second address as president to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, and engage in the customary ceremonies, social events, and consultations with other heads of government. Twenty months into the tenure of our most multilateral president, what has he accomplished at the U.N.? The short answer: not much.

As with so much of the Obama administration, this U.N. thing isn’t turning out like it was supposed to. Initially, of course, the anticipation in New York was little short of euphoric. The General Assembly’s president, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a Marxist priest from

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