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Reactions to Obama's speech to the U.N. General Assembly

September 25, 2012|By Morgan Little and Xiaonan Wang
  • President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly.
President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)

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.

“There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy,” Obama added.

But how was the president’s speech received beyond the U.N.’s assembly hall? Look below for a peek into the minds of Obama’s critics, and supporters, following his remarks.

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