President Obama spoke before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, condemning the protests that have swept across the Middle East and the attack that caused the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya.
"The attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded,” Obama said.
He also addressed the controversial anti-Islamic movie trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which played a role in many of the recent protests in the region. Reaffirming his disapproval of the video, Obama nonetheless affirmed his administration’s decision not to ban or inhibit the spread of the trailer.
“Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. As president of our country, and commander in chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so,” he said.