President Obama Delivers First Address to United Nations General Assembly, Urges New Era of Cooperation

President Obama's speech to the United Nations this morning borrowed thematically from Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.

It was an example of American idealism, and internationalism, at its soaring rhetorical best - a blending of principles and aspirations, hope and optimism.

The time has come for the world to move in a new direction. We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and respect, and our work must begin now.”

— President Obama

In a nearly 40-minute policy speech, the president cited, among other things, his orders to end any torture of detainees and close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and the appointment of senior envoy George Mitchell to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.