Obama’s address served as an election-year defense of free speech and indictment of intolerance to a body of international leaders whose applause was often tepid at best.
The president condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, telling the gathered leaders that “violence and intolerance” that occurred there “has no place in our United Nations.”
Obama called on the gathered leaders to “seize this moment” and “speak out forcefully against violence and extremism,” adding that “real freedom is hard work.”
He spoke repeatedly of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed with three other Americans in the Benghazi attack. Obama said the diplomat “embodied the best of America” and was “deeply invested in the international cooperation that the United Nations represents.”
Read more on Obama's U.N. speech on The Hill.