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The World And Obama

Bin Laden, Iran, Russia, drones—China.  We look at Obama’s global imprint.

President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP)

President Barack Obama speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP)

Bill Clinton brought the charm to Charlotte last night.  Brought his case for Barack Obama on the economy, on health care, on values.  Brought the house down with adoring Democrats.  And he talked at one point about the world.  About how his wife Hillary and President Obama, and how they have, he said, worked to build a world with “more partners and fewer enemies.”

Last week Mitt Romney called for a tougher, large and in charge America. Today we look at Obama’s take on Iran, China, Russia, drones, Bin Laden, Afghanistan.

This hour, On Point: from Charlotte, Obamas’ global imprint.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, former editor at Newsweek, now executive editor at Random House.

Joyce Karam, Washington correspondent for al Hayat.

Ed Luce, chief U.S. correspondent for the Financial Times.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times.

From Tom’s Reading List

Foreign Policy “Obama clearly smelled blood in the water. The president made the military, the war in Afghanistan, and national security the focus of his Friday event, his weekly Saturday radio address, and a nice chunk of an Ohio campaign stop on Monday.”

New York Times “Even though he could have done a better job highlighting his friendship for Israel, there’s no denying that by every tangible measure, his support for Israel’s security and well-being has been rock solid.”

CNN “The Republican National Convention that wrapped up last week made two things clear: foreign policy will be at best a secondary theme in the GOP push to unseat President Barack Obama, and when the Romney campaign does turn to foreign policy, it will be heavy on criticism and light on specifics about its preferred policies.”

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