A Handsome and Eloquent Man Makes a Brilliant speech at the UN
"Stunning" would be a euphemism.
The Libyan leader, making his first trip to America, is obviously discomfited by his jet lag. He complains to the General Assembly that he woke up at 4am New York time "because it was morning in Libya". Mr Gaddafi has the answer: Move the UN somewhere "comfortable'.
That would have the added advantage of security, he says, suggesting al-Qaeda may try to attack the UN in New York. "American may be targetted again, perhaps by a rocket, and tens of heads of state may die," he warns. Moving the UN "is not an insult to America. This is a service to America."
He tells the assembled world leaders: "You will thank me for the proposal of (reducing) the suffering of flying for hours to come to this place."
For Mr. Obama personally, however, he had only warm words, calling on the collected nations to welcome “our son” on the occasion of his first United Nations appearance. “We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of America,” he said, and added that he feared America would return to its old ways after the end of Mr. Obama’s term.