Obama's New World Order Speech-Fiction!

Obama’s New World Order Speech-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Video of a speech made by President Obama talking about new world order and “how ordinary men and women are too small minded to govern their own affairs.” Obama is also alleged to have said “order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all powerful sovereign.”

The Truth:

This is real video of a speech made in Belgium by the president on March 26, 2014, but it was edited and its meaning was taken out of context. 

In the first part of the speech the president says:

Leaders and dignitaries of the European Union, representatives of our NATO alliance, distinguished guests, we meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States and for the international order that we have worked for generations to build. Throughout human history, societies have grappled with fundamental questions of how to organize themselves, the proper relationship between the individual and the state, the best means to resolve the inevitable conflicts between states.

In the second section of the speech the president continues:

And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal.

But those ideals have also been tested, here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign. Often this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others and that individual identity must be defined by us versus them, or that national greatness must flow not by what people stand for, but what they are against.

A full transcript of the speech can be read on the Washington Post.

The entire speech may be viewed on YouTube by clicking this link.

Posted 05/27/14