September 23rd, 2010
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

A world stage with a domestic backdrop


New York (CNN) - President Obama's address to the United Nations covered a lot of ground, but the Mideast peace process dominated his remarks.

Obama delivered 1,082 words on the subject, as he issued an urgent appeal for all nations to help push the peace process across the finish line.

According to Mideast expert Aaron David Miller, this heavy focus demonstrates the Obama administration's deep desire to see a breakthrough on its watch.

This latest push, he said, signifies an attempt to show world leaders that he "cares about it." And that despite a tough year on the domestic front, he's just as committed as ever to seizing a critical window of opportunity.

But Miller also warned about the pitfalls of a "putting it all on the line" strategy. "When rhetoric goes up so does expectations," he said.
With so much domestic turmoil, particularly when it comes to fixing the U.S. economy, Miller suggested that President Obama sounded "like a guy who understands his domestic handicaps," and is searching for a big win on the international stage.

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  1. angry liberal

    The idea being pushed to get Obama elected was that he would change the way America is seen. Great idea! He even got the Peace Prize in the hope he could deliver.

    Sept 2010 – new threats from terroists and extremists, US troops killing people in continuing wars (despite the propaganda), bigger internal partisan bickering. Unlike his starry eyed supporters, I did not expect miracles, but couldn't we see a little progress?

    Thanks but we have enough words now.

    September 23, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |