It didn't take me a whole helluva lot of googling to find a negative review of The One's efforts this morning in New Yawk, but I did have to wade through quite a bit of leg-tingling prose. That said, here's Nile Gardiner, writing in The Telegraph (UK):
Was this though Obama’s most naïve speech ever? It is a very strong candidate, but I think there is intense competition for that accolade. The president’s speeches in Cairo, Strasbourg and Prague would all vie for that title. Still, his address today will go down in history as one of the weakest major addresses by a US president on foreign policy in a generation, by a leader who seems embarrassed, even ashamed, by the power and greatness of his own country.
This was an exceedingly dull, poor speech that overwhelmingly failed to advance US interests on the world stage, or project American values and principles onto the rest of the globe. As Barack Obama will eventually discover, soft power will only get you so far when you have to confront and defeat brutal enemies that seek America’s destruction.
Did I watch the speech? Not only "no," but HELL no. I'm beyond tired of listening to Obama... I'm sick-to-frickin'-DEATH of him. I just wish there was some way I could put myself in a state of suspended (political) animation for the next three-plus years. I believe I wrote in this space... once upon a time... that America is strong enough to survive four years of this sort of world-class incompetence and naïvete. I'm not so sure now. We all have a LOT of praying to do.
Update, 20 minutes later: I went off googling on my own to find fodder for the above, rather than consult the usual source. About which, this:
Heh. There's more realism there than you can shake a stick at... chase the "usual source" link above. Mr. Crittenden is particularly good.