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Great speech, but no meetings, for Obama at the UN

President Obama gave a fine speech extolling free expression and democratic values at the United Nations on Tuesday, but he ought to have taken the time to meet one-on-one with a few heads of state. Although the annual opening of the UN General Assembly is more like speed dating than diplomacy, it is customary for the president to make face time for our allies there.

The White House has yet to give a good explanation for why Obama hosted a reception for world leaders but opted not to arrange a single bilateral meeting during his stay in New York. His decision was made all the more conspicuous by the fact that he took the time to appear on the daytime TV show “The View.”

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