President Barack Obama, determined to get his Fourth Reich off the ground, has taken another page out of Adolf Hitler's book, suggesting that all nation's lend a hand solving the world's problem. From the AP:
It is Obama's first address to the world body, and he is seeking to set a new tone in U.S. relations - one that separates his administration from the unilateralism of his predecessor, George W. Bush, which alienated many nations.
"Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone," Obama said in excerpts released by the White House that carried a remarkably blunt tone.
In essence, Obama's message is that he expects plenty in return for reaching out.
"We have sought in word and deed a new era of engagement with the world," Obama said, echoing the cooperative theme he promised as a candidate and has since used as a pillar of his foreign policy.
He said if the world is honest with itself, it has fallen woefully short.
"Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world," Obama said. "Protracted conflicts that grind on and on. Genocide and mass atrocities. More and more nations with nuclear weapons. Melting ice caps and ravaged populations. Persistent poverty and pandemic disease."
The president added, "I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: the magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our action."
Film director Michael Bay is allegedly furious at the president's call for global input in solving the world's problems and, in a fit of rage, had his special effects team level scale models of Paris, New Dehli, Hong Kong and Moscow.