Obama's Speech

'A New Era of Engagement'

The Republican Party quickly soured on President Obama’s appeals for a new, more civil era. Might world leaders be more receptive? Obama pleaded for “a new era of engagement” before United Nations leaders on Wednesday, saying that he understood “an almost reflexive anti-Americanism” in recent years but that it cannot be the basis for America’s international relations. “The time has come for the world to move in a new direction,” he said, “a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”