President Obama spoke today to a “town hall” gathering at the White House for fellows of his Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), which you probably didn’t know about. YSEALI shepherds young Asians from ASEAN countries — people from 18 to 25 years old — through a study and workshop program. There are 70-some fellows in the current group, with 500 total to cycle through in this, the inaugural year of the initiative.
The alert staff at Breitbart highlighted the encouraging news from the president’s town hall comments. America, it seems, is back. (Spelling in the transcript, apparently typed in haste, is corrected for readability here.)
Obama said, “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth. Part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect. It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and try to work with our partners in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction to normalize relations with Cuba and the nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.”
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