PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKES LEAD IN KEY STATES, AND ADDRESSES THE UNITED NATIONS:
President Obama expanded his lead in the key states of Ohio and Florida according to the latest poll conducted by The Washington Post. The Post said “President Obama has grabbed a significant lead over Mitt Romney in holds a slender lead in the state of Florida. In Florida the presidents lead is now 51% to Romney’s 47%
The past few weeks have been challenging for Mr. Romney, and his advisers vowed to hit the reset button this week. However, with the first of three debates scheduled for next week, Oct. 3, Romney is under pressure to get his campaign refocused.
According to the Washington Post (9-25-12), the new polls add to growing evidence that Mr. Obama has benefited most from the two parties conventions, a series of sharp, long-distance exchanges and a barrage of television ads. Nationally, the polls continue to show a close race but it also shows that the Obama lead is expanding.
However, the president had to take some time off today to go before world leaders at The United Nations. He challenged world leaders Tuesday to condemn the violent attacks that have occurred against U.S. diplomats and missions in Libya and Egypt, suggesting that now is a key moment in the struggles for democratic freedom throughout the Middle-East and North Africa.
Speaking to world leaders at The United Nations General Assembly, the President told his audience that “it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism”. “It is time to marginalize those who – even when not resorting to violence – use hatred of America, or the West, or Israel as the central principle of politics,” the President said.
He used the appearance to defend the U.S. role in the Middle-East and North Africa to an extent that he has not done before, calling upon those gathered to help ensure that the unpredictable political transition under way in the region ends in Democratic rule and economic opportunity. The president cited the violent conflict in Syria, the Palestinian national movement and other regional struggles as opportunities to reaffirm American support for those seeking freedom.
The president also addressed the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, adopting a sterner tone. He said that time is running out on a diplomatic solution and echoed his previous position that The United States is committed to stopping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. “A nuclear Iran is not a challenge that can be contained”, he said. “It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of the gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear arms race in the region, and unraveling of the Non-Proliferation Treaty”. That is why, the President said, “The United States will do what it must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”, according to The Washington Post.
It is obvious that the President was not speaking to just those in the Middle East expressing doubt with the direction of the Obama Foreign Policy agenda, but also to doubtful voters at home, looking for a clear and refined Foreign Policy position from the Obama Administration.
While Romney flounders trying to regain his footing, Obama has apparently found his wings, and is pushing forward toward next weeks debates and the two following confrontations before the November elections. This week so far can be scored for Obama, and it is for Mr. Romney to show now whether he has the ability to regain the momentum necessary to win the election. If the current trend continues his chances of recovery will be slim in-deed.
That’s my view-point on the issues of the day. I look forward to yours as well. Until then, have a great day and as usual………….God Bless America!