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US indispensable in world affairs: Obama

Joining issue with those suggesting that Washington’s influence was on the decline, President Barack Obama has asserted that America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2012 00:02 IST

Joining issue with those suggesting that Washington’s influence was on the decline, President Barack Obama has asserted that America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs and he intended to keep it that way. “Yes, the world is changing; no, we can’t control every event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs - and as long as I’m president, I intend to keep it that way,” he said in his third annual State of the Union address to a joint sitting of the Congress Tuesday. “Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Obama said.


“That’s not the message we get from leaders around the world, all of whom are eager to work with us. That’s not how people feel from Tokyo to Berlin; from Cape Town to Rio; where opinions of America are higher than they’ve been in years,” he said.