Much Ado About Nothing: The President’s Speech Before the United Nations

Posted on September 22, 2011


Forget that the internet was buzzing with the possibility that Obama would discuss his Administration’s controversial policies toward Israel and of Palestinian statehood.  The President, per usual, was not listening  to “we the People.”  He breezed into a bland discussion of yet another website in his name and challenged the members to support a program said to mirror his administration’s actions since day one:

The United States Releases its Open Government National Action Plan

Source: WH, 9-20-11

“In all parts of the world, we see the promise of innovation to make government more open and accountable. And now, we must build on that progress. And when we gather back here next year, we should bring specific commitments to promote transparency; to fight corruption; to energize civic engagement; to leverage new technologies so that we strengthen the foundations of freedom in our own countries, while living up to the ideals that can light the world.”

–President Barack Obama, September 23, 2010

On September 23, 2010, President Obama challenged the members of the United Nations General Assembly to work together to make all governments more open and accountable to their people.  To meet that challenge, in July 2011, the United States and Brazil announced the creation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – a global initiative that supports efforts to promote more transparent, effective, and accountable institutions globally.  The OGP effort builds directly on steps President Obama has taken since the first full day of his Administration to strengthen democracy and promote a more efficient and effective government through greater openness.

Now who can take issue with the above?  For openers most countries would not have time to bother while others don’t have this on their agenda at any time and in any place.

Full text of his speech may be found here.

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