Even the Guardian (UK) calls Papa Obama's Nopenhagen speech lackluster The Guardian The lacklustre speech proved a huge frustration to a summit that had been looking to Obama to use his stature on the world stage and his special following among African leaders to try to come to an ambitious deal. But his speech offered no indication America was ready to embrace bold measures, after world leaders had been working desperately against the clock to try to paper over an agreement to prevent two years of wasted effort and a 10-day meeting from ending in total collapse. Many reactions were strongly critical of Obama. Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela, described Obama's speech as "ridiculous" and the US's initial offer of a $10bn fund for poor countries in the draft text as "a joke". Friends of the Earth said in a statement, "Obama has deeply disappointed not only those listening to his speech at the UN talks, he has disappointed the whole world."