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United States President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Obama's final UN speech warned Americans against building walls and ultra-nationalism



In his final speech before the United Nations Tuesday, President Obama delivered a warning to the American people. In the speech, he highlighted what he considers the consequences of embracing isolationism and ultra-nationalism in November's election.

Although he never mentioned Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, his final address to the United Nations General Assembly clearly targeted many of the GOP nominee's policies.  

Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.
President Obama

According to CNN, Obama foreshadowed a dark future for the American people if "aggressive nationalism" or "crude populism" were to win out in November. 

This address strayed away from the more idealistic tones of Obama's previous UN addresses, which focused on peace and the world without nuclear weapons.

"Time and again human beings have believed they finally arrived at a period of enlightenment, only to repeat cycles of conflict and suffering. Perhaps that's our fate," Obama said. 

"We have to remember the choices of individual human beings led to repeated world war," he continued. "Each of us as leaders, each nation can choose to reject those who appeal to our worst impulses and embrace those who appeal to our best. For we have shown that we can choose a better history." 

Obama's address Tuesday was more reflective of today's realities such as the UN has struggling to help prevent suffering in Syria and failed attempted to combat violent extremists. 

Obama highlighted some areas where the U.S. has fallen short in its practice of democracy, according to CNN. 

He said the U.S. and other developed nations have a responsibility to set a better example for emerging democracies. 

"Those of us who believe in democracy, we need to speak out forcefully. Because both the facts and history is on our side," Obama said. "We better strive harder to set a better example at home."

Most of Obama's warnings focused on government practices that damage democracy.

"There appears to be growing contest between authoritarianism and liberalism right now," he said. "And I want everybody to understand, I am not neutral in that contest."

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