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Hot off the presses
The U.S. must step up—and in a stark, defiant, powerful sentence, the President promised we would: “We will do what we say.”
Global will is ripe. Leaders need to pluck it.
The Obama team has been here in force, with Cabinet Secretaries speaking every day to demonstrate American resolve. Mayors and Governors and NGOs and businesses from the U.S. are all over Copenhagen, showing the world a genuine, engaged face of America. Senator Kerry gave a good speech yesterday, full of resolve. But the world knows that the U.S. Senate stands in the way. Their eyes say to the Americans in the building “How could you let this go on?”
I wish every American could get lost for a few days in the Bella Conference Center and the events surrounding it in Copenhagen. I wish you could feel the desperate depth of the world’s hunger for America to step all the way up to its responsibilities here.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has a reputation as a sharp, levelheaded, practical leader — a no-nonsense numbers guy. It's a new day when a guy like that stands on a world stage, as Washington's former governor did last week here, and makes a powerful pitch for transformational change.