Tuesday marks the opening of the U.N. General Assembly and the world’s spotlight will be on President Obama. The President is expected to speak to the U.N. General Assembly about the recent unrest in the Middle East, the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and issue a new warning to Iran over its nuclear program. Even with all this international bedlam, however, the president is not slated to meet with any international leaders, yet he made an appearance with the First Lady on “The View.” CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott joins John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” this morning with more on the president’s address.
Labott says that the President will touch on the anti-American protests raging across the Middle East in recent weeks. "Secretary Clinton was speaking to the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, and she kind of previewed what the president was going to say about the need to not have extremists hijack the Arab Spring,” Labott says. “[Obama] has to voice U.S. outrage in this video decrying the prophet Mohammed, but at the same time say violence is not the answer and we need to really think about how the Arab Spring should go forward," adds Labott.
Berman points out that Secretary Clinton has been meeting with global leaders to do her part while President Obama is campaigning on "The View.” “It looked a little foolish for the president to be talking about some of the issues on “The View” with the girls on the couch, while Secretary was meeting with all of these leaders about all of these important issues yesterday,” Labott says.
While it is campaign season, Labott says the president is banking on his foreign policy credentials of ending the war in Iraq or killing Osama bin Laden, which could be better applied on meeting with world leaders. “It just seemed a little weird that here had this world stage to show how important he was as a world statesman and here he is talking on ‘The View’.” Labott says, “It might have been a little bit error in judgment, or his aides might have advised him a little badly on this one, because it does make a difference.”