Right off the bat this morning, Barack Obama delivers his first address to the U.N. General Assembly as president (and unlike his illustrious predecessor, he won’t immediately leave a little cloud of Road Runner-like smoke at the podium a half-second after the last word in his speech). Following the President — as in right after the president — is Libya’s leader, the curiously-never-promoted-beyond-the-rank-of-colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Hopefully calm and composed even after being booted from his planned resting place on Donald Trump’s lawn, Gaddafi may find himself in the position of having to deal with a few cold shoulders in the wake of the recent Lockerbie terrorist release row. This despite the fact that Libya chairs the 192-member General Assembly this year.
But wait, there’s more. Immediately following Gaddafi is the second half of today’s Dictatorial Double-Feature: Iranian President and unrepentant lunatic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He spent yesterday amping up the already near-universal hatred for him around these parts by once again calling the Holocaust “a myth” and bombastically threatening to “cut off the hands” of anyone who dared challenge Iran. He’ll face just that outside the U.N., in the form of protests scheduled for later today.
President Obama isn’t expected to meet with either Gaddafi or Ahmadinejad; instead, he’ll go on to hold talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The day ends, by the way, with a gala reception this evening at the Waldorf Astoria hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Obama. Ahmadinejad isn’t invited.
Although if he’s looking for something to do, there’s always “Le Raunch” at The Hose down on Ave. B tonight. Pretty sure he’d enjoy that.