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Ben Johnson

Obama's Applause Lines Tell Us Everything

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Posted on September 23 2009 9:25 am
Click to watch Obamas UN speech.

Click to watch excerpts of Obama's UN speech.

David Horowitz commented on The One’s sellout speech to the UN this morning. Sometimes one stray fact is enough to tell a whole story: The biggest applause lines by far were his declaration that “America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” and his pledge to end the Israeli “occupation that began in 1967.” The chamber erupted at the words, and the applause lasted longer than any other interruption.

The following section of his speech — describing U.S. actions to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio, H1N1, and global economic squalor — received no applause whatsoever:

America will continue our historic effort to help people feed themselves. We have set aside $63 billion to carry forward the fight against HIV/AIDS, to end deaths from tuberculosis and malaria, to eradicate polio, and to strengthen public health systems.

We are joining with other countries to contribute H1N1 vaccines to the World Health Organization. We will integrate more economies into a system of global trade. We will support the Millennium Development Goals and approach next year’s summit with a global plan to make them a reality. And we will set our sights on the eradication of extreme poverty in our time.

Clearly, the audience is more motivated by the death of the modern Israeli state than the deaths of the world’s poor.

Read a transcript of the president’s speech, which accurately notes applause.

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