In an anti-Iraq war speech at DePaul University on October 2, 2007, Senator Obama promised to give an annual State of the World address if he was elected.
I will always tell the American people the truth. I will always tell you where I stand. It's what I'm doing in this campaign. It's what I'll do as President. I'll lead a new era of openness. I'll give an annual "State of the World" address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy. I'll draw on the legacy of one our greatest Presidents - Franklin Roosevelt - and give regular "fireside webcasts," and I'll have members of my national security team do the same.
This is a campaign promise, made by then Senator Obama, that President Obama has failed to keep. May of the promises he made are difficult to deliver because they require Congress to enact legislation. This promise only requires President Obama to set up his teleprompter and assemble the press. Not only has Obama failed to deliver on this promise, the full video of this speech has been scrubbed from his website. This promise made by Senator Obama has been thrown down a dark hole without any explanation or discussion in the media. Why wouldn't Obama keep such an obviously easy promise? President Obama has been accused by many of being too global; even to the point of being un-American. This perception was heightened after President Obama made his July 2009 speech in Berlin. The many in the press dubbed it 'The New World Order' speech. Although, Obama never used those exact words in the speech, he did highlight his belief in global citizenship. Under the current depressed economic conditions, most voters are more concerned about the economy than global citizenship. Don't look for President Obama to fulfill the 'State of the World' address speech promise anytime soon.