Video: Obama now “very concerned” about Iranian regime’s tone

posted at 5:35 pm on June 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

Mind you, this comes on a day when he used the words “rise up” in a plea to, um, America’s dads. Is this a step up or a step down from the “deep concerns” he expressed earlier this week? Doesn’t matter, really. Even at 40 seconds, this bit of diplomatic Obamaspeak feels like an eternity, but the gist of it is that the “international community” — i.e. Russia and China, the swing votes on the Security Council — is supposedly getting a hard lesson about just how brutal and corrupt Iran’s regime is, as if (a) that was ever in doubt, (b) Russia and China aren’t just as bad, and (c) there are any remaining sanctions that could still be imposed that would get Iran to give up its nuke program. Even reliable Obama fans like David Ignatius are now calling for firmer support for the protesters, but I have a hunch The One’s biding his time to see how things shake out tomorrow. There’s a massive rally planned for 4 p.m. to be led by Mousavi; maybe the reformists will back down, in which case encouragement now from Obama will look like an epic fail, or maybe they’ll follow through and end up in a de facto civil war with Iranian security (it’s not as unlikely as you think), in which case encouragement now from Obama will look like proximate cause. If the protests drag on through the weekend, in open defiance of Khamenei’s warning at prayers this morning — and it sure sounds like they will — The One will have to start taking them seriously and recalibrate accordingly.

In case Ed hasn’t mentioned it elsewhere today, the House passed a resolution supporting the protesters 405-1, with our libertarian Pope the lone no vote against liberty. See, he’s against commenting on the affairs of other sovereign nations as a matter of principle — except when it involves intercountry adoptions in Romania or jihadist attacks in Egypt. Or, of course, Israel.


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Justrand on June 19, 2009 at 6:02 PM

O-bey’s shifting positions sounds like a weather report.

Mon evening we expect a “troubled” front followed by a heavy movement of “very concerned“. By morning a pressure front will have moved in and “deeply concerned” will be expected until noon on Tuesday.

portlandon on June 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Remember,Hopey is

`excited about the robust debate taking place in Iran`!!!

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

He’s not just in over his head. He is an invertebrate eunuch and a poser. Shame on him.

doctormom on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years and am so very proud of everything he’s done in a short time and everything he will do in the future. God bless you, Mr. President!

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

HUH?
DC from West Va U?
I hear the cheerleaders have to stay off the football field because they are always trying to graze.

faol on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Obama now “very concerned” about Iranian regime’s tone

Oh, well I’m sure that will make them reconsider everything. What a dork.

MikeA on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Is it just me, or does Barack Obama look awful in this clip? He looks like he’s aged 5 years in a month.

Ed Morrissey on June 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Maybe it’s because of all the sleep he’s reportedly losing over the astronomical debt he’s saddled the nation with.

AZCoyote on June 19, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Obummer has been burning the midnight oil with Bill Ayers. They are writing a new book – “How to kill capitalism in 10 easy steps”

izoneguy on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Get with the program, O. Listen to your Secretary of State. She’s probably already “uneasy” by now.

Ronnie on June 19, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Ah come on Ronnie, don’t be so hard on Obambi, he’s just following protocol. Seriously, if he jumped from “concerned” and went right to perturbed” that would be like jumping from “I dare you” to “triple-dog-dare-you” and that faux-pa would not be good form or protocol for such an image conscious TOTUS…gotta have priorities ya know!

Liberty or Death on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Wow!

Very concerned

Shit, Barry’s serious! Better watch out mullahs. Pretty soon now Barry might get “irked”. That’s only one step away from “irritated”. Next thing you know, he’ll be positively “miffed”.

GarandFan on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The Flyswatter/Cipher in Chief is concerned that this might not end soon enough, so the TOTUS can get back onto center stage of the world.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2009 at 6:12 PM

dcwu:

And as for what Bush did last fall, Bush allowed the Treasury to use money allocated by Congress to shore up banks that were thought to be in danger of folding. But…that was nothing compared to the money that Obama has asked for and gotten, it was nothing compared to the intervention on the part of Obama in both banking and manufacturing.

I think just about any president would probably have intervened to try and stop collapse, but Obama has used a crisis to make a bad situation worse for no other reason than political gain.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 6:12 PM

BTW,Seriously,

where the hell is the ever concerned bleeding heart Liberals!

It seems to me,that the Lefty`s were willing to go to
Iraq,and be used as SHIELDS FOR SADDAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

This guy is depressing.

blatantblue on June 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Someone should whisper in Obama’s ear the old saying, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

patrick neid on June 19, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Wonder what his reaction will be if his kids are punished with a baby. Concerned is all he gets for a major world power engaging in a blood bath internal insurection. An Obama baby daddy might only get a raised eyebrow or something. But then I do suppose that problem is easy to fix with an abortion. Like the fly, you can just kill the sucker.

MikeA on June 19, 2009 at 6:15 PM

dcwvu on June 19, 2009

Either that was the best satirical channeling of getalife I’ve seen so far, or you desperately need to get a life. Whoa, Nelly!

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Do not think Obama is stupid. Not for a minute.

He does not believe in American exceptionalism. So what could we possibly have to say?

faraway on June 19, 2009 at 6:18 PM

If you think Obama looks like he has aged five years in a short time, let me tell you, mr. ziffel is aging by the hour seeing what this sap is doing to us and wondering how bad it is going to get. My bet is very bad. Also my liver cannot take much more vino but it is trying to keep up.

arnold ziffel on June 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

And lest you forget, HAMAS. One woman I read about got herself killed by an Israeli bulldozer by accident.

doctormom on June 19, 2009 at 6:10 PM

He’s worse than that. Bozo Hussein doesn’t believe in democracy, even less in capitalism. Remember while he isn’t a practicing Muslim, he did attend a madrassa in his youth. He may well support the mullahs…

dogsoldier on June 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years and am so very proud of everything he’s done in a short time and everything he will do in the future. God bless you, Mr. President!

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Oh, yes. The way he has thoroughly killed the entreprenueral spirit of America is astounding. And the bankrupting of the next three generations of Americans is extremely impressive. Thank Goodness for Hope and Change. I’m so happy!

jimmy2shoes on June 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Why are you all making fun of President Obama?

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

uh uh let me be clear uh uh we inherited uh uh let me be clear uh uh 8 years in the making uh uh let me be clear uh uh I am a muslim uh uh no wait I’m not a muslim uh uh we have a crisis uh uh no wait we dont have a crisis uh uh I can no longer support this than I can support that uh uh you all will have to make sacrifices uh uh I mean we have to make sacrifices uh uh present present present uh uh let me be clear uh uh yes no yes no uh uh

jaboba on June 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Sounds like Obama taking a few pages from the Clinton handbook on dealing with Farah Aideid in Mogadishu.

fourdeucer on June 19, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Typical Obama. Wait to see which way the wind blows before declaring support for which way the wind is blowing.

This guy needs to grow a pair if we have any hope of not being obliterated.

redfoxbluestate on June 19, 2009 at 6:22 PM

arnold ziffel

so funny.

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Don’t be mean to the President. Is it his ears?

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM

This guy needs to grow a pair if we have any hope of not being obliterated.

redfoxbluestate on June 19, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Or he can finish his gender re-assignment surgery and run as a female in 2012. He has options.

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years and am so very proud of everything he’s done in a short time and everything he will do in the future. God bless you, Mr. President!

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

AND

He’s a good man. He has the weight of the world on him to try and create world peace overnight while fixing all of Dubya’s financial messes here at home. It’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Wow so just how many 55 gallon drums of fool-aid did you drink dcwvu? I’d lay off of it, it’s obvious you’re delusional enough as it is! In fact all of your fawning and talk is starting to make me feel like this poor old lady from Airplane!

Liberty or Death on June 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM

It seems to me,that the Lefty`s were willing to go to
Iraq,and be used as SHIELDS FOR SADDAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

And they do the same thing here: Troll shields for Obama!

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM

http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/Obama_Democracy_Iran/2009/06/19/227155.html

Newsmax has learned that the Obama administration also has zeroed out funding for pro-democracy programs inside Iran from the State Department budget for fiscal 2010, just as protests in Iran are ramping up.

Funding for pro-democracy programs began in 2004, when Congress earmarked $1.5 million of the State Department budget for “educational, humanitarian, and non-governmental organizations and individuals inside Iran to support the advancement of democracy and human rights in Iran.”

The funding ramped up dramatically two years later, when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requested $75 million for pro-democracy programs. More than half of the $66.1 million Congress finally appropriated went to expand U.S. government-funded Persian language broadcasting services at Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

There’s got to be a four years after
If we can hold on through the night…

Mojave Mark on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

jaboba on June 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM

That’s uncannily close, but at some point you’ve got to work in a comment about how the protestors are equally to blame with the mullahs — moral equivalence and all, you know — and then top it off with a comment about how its all America’s fault anyway.

Cicero43 on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

And lest you forget,Hamas.

dogsoldier on June 19,2009 at 6:20PM.

dogsoldier: Ya I remember that,religion of peace,hi-jacked
the bulldozer and went on a murder spree,till
thankfully,he was shot dead!:)

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I’ll bet Michelle is generally on top.

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Troll shields for Obama!

Loxondonta on June 19,2009 at 6:26PM.

Loxodonta:

Me thinks you better trademark that! Its brilliant!

Acronym: TSFO!!

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Source: Examiner

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

Today in his syndicated column on WorldNetDaily Norris reiterates the point: “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”

He continues; calling on a second American Revolution; “…we’ve bastardized the First Amendment, reinterpreted America’s religious history and secularized our society until we ooze skepticism and circumvent religion on every level of public and private life.

How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority according to America’s Declaration of Independence, which states: That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”

Norris claims that; “Thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation.” The right wing cells will meet during a live telecast, “We Surround Them,” on Friday March 13 at 5 p.m.

He closes with the words of Sam Houston followed by a plug for his next martial arts event.

“We view ourselves on the eve of battle.”

Read this and all I could think was “WOW.”

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Don’t be mean to the President. Is it his ears?

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Npe. It is mostly theat big empty space between them.

MikeA on June 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Obama Erases Pro-Democracy Money for Iran – Yet he wants to send $900 Million to Gaza????

http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/Obama_Democracy_Iran/2009/06/19/227155.html

izoneguy on June 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

He’s a good man. He has the weight of the world on him to try and create world peace overnight while fixing all of Dubya’s financial messes here at home. It’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I REALLY HOPE you are kidding???

How Democrats Created Financial Crisis

http://www.redstate.com/nikitas3/2009/06/18/how-democrats-created-financial-crisis/

and

http://www.redstate.com/kansasmeadowlark/2009/06/19/dr-mark-hendrickson-the-next-great-depression-and-the-attack-of-the-watermelons/

izoneguy on June 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM

The Lord of the Flies is a doofus.

Daggett on June 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM

I just hope the military hasn’t been in the orchestra with Obama fiddling while Iran burns.

swatter on June 19, 2009 at 6:37 PM

What is so pathetic in Obama’s remarks is that he refers to “what the international community thinks that Iran is… and is not.” I don’t believes that the mullah powers-that-be in Iran really care a fig about the “international community’s” thinking, nor will they shape their politics to appease other nations. The mullahs are interested only on maintaining their strong grip on their theocratic society.

It really is difficult to fathom what the Iranian protestors want. As a contender, Mousavi as one of the limited choices that the mullahs permitted to run in the election. Do the younger Iranians prefer the devil that they don’t know (Mousavi) to the one that they do know and hate (Amadinejahd)? Are they protesting the repressiveness of the whole theocratic regime?

It appears that the Iranians hate Amadinejhad and Khatemei, who hand-picked him because the pursuit of developing nuclear weaponry has crippled the country’s economics.

Pardon me if I seem cynical, but Obama’s sympathies appear to lie with whoever will emerge as the strong man in Iran. He stands more with the theology of Islam than he does the principles of Western civilization, given his speeches.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM

I don’t necessarily agree with sucession, but there is more and more talk about it. That would be a choice of last resort.

There are a lot of p**sed off Texans and the numbers are growing by the day. Most of us would rather corrrect the course of the good ol’ USA.

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM

To add to my 6:38 PM post, I think that Obama assumed that Amadinejhad would win the presidency after Iran went through the motions of conducting a “democratic” election. With that confidence, Obama also assumed that he and Amadinejhad would sit down as “reasonable brothers” over tea and hammer out a “peace in our time” memorandum of understanding while sprinkling their discussion in agreement with how awful the Great Satan Bush is.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Personally I think Obama would welcome talk of states leaving the union and militias and all that. It just makes it that much easier for him to blame conservatives for every crackpot out there and discredit them and their arguments.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years and am so very proud of everything he’s done in a short time and everything he will do in the future. God bless you, Mr. President!

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

He’s a good man. He has the weight of the world on him to try and create world peace overnight while fixing all of Dubya’s financial messes here at home. It’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

dcwvu’s identity revealed

obladioblada on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Pardon me if I seem cynical, but Obama’s sympathies appear to lie with whoever will emerge as the strong man in Iran. He stands more with the theology of Islam than he does the principles of Western civilization, given his speeches.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Well said…

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Lot’s of pissed off Montanans around my neck of the woods also. I witnessed a guy “in the face” of an Obama supporter in the parking lot at Home Depot yesterday. This guy was all over this lady with some heated words. I stopped to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. The guy stated his case and left in a huff. I suggested to the lady that she remove the Obama stickers from her car immediately.

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Ron Paul and Barack Obama are virtually identical on national security, so I don’t want to hear it. (For the record, I have problems with both of them.)

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Or he can finish his gender re-assignment surgery and run as a female in 2012. He has options.

JiangxiDad on June 19, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I wonder if his fabulous new public option healthcare plan will pony up for that??

redfoxbluestate on June 19, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Obama now “very concerned” about Iranian regime’s tone

Is this a step up or a step down from the “deep concerns” he expressed earlier this week?

On the standard concern level scale of 0 to 10, I believe “deep” is an 8 and “very” is a 7. However, when one divides by the politician inflation concern factor, which is usually figured at a 10, although for Obama it could be much higher, they become, respectively, a 0.8 and a 0.7 on the standard concern level scale of 1 to 10, or in other words, again respectively, “what-the-hell-do-I-care” and “I-dont-give-a-flying-leap”. In any case, he seems to be a little less concerned than he was before. I hope that helps to clear things up.

MB4 on June 19, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I haven’t witnessed anything like that, but you know how us aaragant Texans are. There is unrest that our state which has run fine, relatively speaking, will be taken down by the policies in Washington. Us gun totin’ bible clingin’ redrecks have a low BS threshold.

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 6:54 PM

obladioblada on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

LOL Sometimes I think DCWVU is a lesbian, but I’m not sure. I ignore most of their comments. As someone who grew up in WV, I get the impression the parents took a job in WV and moved from DC around the time DCWVU was in junior high. Now they’re at the state university. High school was probably lackluster.

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 6:54 PM

t’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

To do what exactly? What will be the “wise” action?

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 6:57 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

9 years ago today, on June 19, 2000, Bill Clinton was the President.

Obviously you majored in math at Moe Howard Community College.

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Keemo on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Yet we gave a billion dollars to Hamas. Disgusting.

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Ah, yes, the old Hope-a-Dope routine…

T J Green on June 19, 2009 at 6:58 PM

dcwvu’s identity revealed

obladioblada on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

too funny !!!!

patrick neid on June 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Protestors in the streets trying to bring down an oppressive regime that has destroyed their economy and dictates every aspect of their lives… Oh.. wait. That’s Iran. If only it were the United States!

NNtrancer on June 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I took it to mean DCWVU was offended by Clinton, but liked him before Lewinskygate and Pardongate.

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

On the standard concern level scale…..

MB4 on June 19,2009 at 6:25PM.

MB4: Liberals Foreign Policy=.0000000000000001%!

Liberals Domestic Policy,trying to buy
a second term=99% !:)

canopfor on June 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Personally I think Obama would welcome talk of states leaving the union and militias and all that. It just makes it that much easier for him to blame conservatives for every crackpot out there and discredit them and their arguments.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Maybe there will be anarchy, if the dollar collapses.

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM

I have a President for the first time in 9 years and am so very proud of everything he’s done in a short time and everything he will do in the future. God bless you, Mr. President!

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:56 PM

So he has made good judgments in the past and he has made good judgments in the future. We have the greatest President in the world!

MB4 on June 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM

I took it to mean DCWVU was offended by Clinton, but liked him before Lewinskygate and Pardongate.

alliebobbitt on June 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

No, she was definitely referring to Bush.

As for Clinton, what exactly did he “accomplish” in his 8 years in office? He can’t claim credit for the 1990s economy, as the recovery he claimed credit for started 18 months before the media elected him, in March of 1991. The media covered it up so they could elect him.

Other than welfare reform, which he vetoed twice before finally caving on, he did absolutely nothing, except leave his successor the 9/11 attacks (which were in fact supposed to happen on his watch) and a beligerent Iraq.

Oh, and he left Bush a recession, and a corrupt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Del Dolemonte on June 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Allahpundit: thanks for your outstanding continuous coverage of the Iranian situation.

chipandcharge on June 19, 2009 at 7:06 PM

alliebobbitt:

If the dollar actually collapses there could be anarchy everywhere. It is not as if we won’t take a lot of people with us. And talk of leaving the union will not help or change that in anyway. I also doubt very much if most people would ever support something like that. They want things to get better, not crazier.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 7:06 PM

DelDolemonte:

Clinton also accelerated the housing bubble and ignored AlQaida.

All president inherit problems. It is not as if any one of them governs in a vacuum.

Clinton raised taxes retroactively and if not for Gingrich working with him to balance the budget he would not have gotten that done.

Clinton did not deal with Saddam or Osama, just kicked that can down the road. He did not exactly settle things with North Korea or Iran as far as that is concerned.

And yet all these little Obamabots act is if it just so unfair that their guy actually has to deal with the problems inherent in a job he spent %400 million to get. He wanted this job, so why the whining?

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Wake me up when his concern about Iran reaches the level of his concern about building new rooms in houses in Israeli settlements.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 19, 2009 at 7:12 PM

I too, am very concerned, very concerned there is a spineless idiot running the United States. I actually have grown pissed off, and soon will be completly irritated.There isn’t a single day that goes by without this moonbat doing something either tremendously stupid,of questionable legality,or not doing something(voting present) that make me sick.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on June 19, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Is that a microphone in his ear? Watch that space for the whole vid.

debg on June 19, 2009 at 7:17 PM

chipandcharge on June 19, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Ditto. He’s done an outstanding job.

I can’t imagine GW being so silent about the treatment of these protesters. We should not interfere but we should call out support for the people and we should not recognize their leadership.

scalleywag on June 19, 2009 at 7:17 PM

I don’t necessarily agree with sucession, but there is more and more talk about it. That would be a choice of last resort.

There are a lot of p**sed off Texans and the numbers are growing by the day. Most of us would rather corrrect the course of the good ol’ USA.

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM

As a fellow Texan, I would only welcome succession if:

1) The federal government was so out-of-control and intrusive that it threatened to bankrupt even the responsible states that aren’t drowning in debt. We’re not quite there yet.

2) Texas weren’t alone in seceding. We’d need at least 10 other states joining us for me to feel comfortable with the thought of leaving the union.

Just the fact that a quarter of Texans are for secession(and that poll was taken months ago) scares the crap out of me. It shows how dangerous our politicians have become.

Doughboy on June 19, 2009 at 7:19 PM

This is so bad I have to think Pelosi has a hand in his silence.

scalleywag on June 19, 2009 at 7:19 PM

It takes his staff a week to figure out how he should respond to Iran, and this soaring rhetoric stuttering bit of generic fluff is the best they could come up with?
We are in deep doo-doo, my friends.

PoodleSkirt on June 19, 2009 at 7:21 PM

He is SOOOO far in over his head.

Cicero43 on June 19, 2009 at 5:38 PM

That’s not really the problem. Most Presidents are over their head when it comes to foreign policy, as most of them have very little foreign service or diplomatic experience.

The real problem here is that, when Obama was choosing his foreign policy people, from the top on down, he didn’t choose them because of their foreign policy chops. If he had, Anthony Lake would be SecState instead of Frau Pantsuit.

Obama let his inclinations as a two-bit Chicago ward heeler take over, and appointed people based on political considerations. There is very little problem doing that for domestic politics. But statecraft is exactly that – a craft. It is something that takes years of interest in and practice of to master. And Hillary and her second rate cohort are way out of their league.

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Doughboy on June 19, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Well spoken!! Agree 100%

HoustonRight on June 19, 2009 at 7:26 PM

3AM RRRIIIINNNGG, it’s the red phone. Red phone says: “Mr president, there are incoming missiles. We have 35 minutes before impact”. The One calls Rahm…… and says, “Rahm, I need a poll, quick”!

PaCadle on June 19, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Check out this related Onion-style parody entitled “Obama Sends Sterner Message to Iran from His Personal Blackberry, But Experts Say His Use of Emoticons ‘May Cloud Message’: http://www.optoons.blogspot.com/ (June 19 entry)

Mervis Winter on June 19, 2009 at 7:36 PM

He’s a good man. He has the weight of the world on him to try and create world peace overnight while fixing all of Dubya’s financial messes here at home. It’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Okay; let’s unpack this one:

He’s a good man.

This is a fact not yet evidenced; what has he done that is demonstrably “good?” How has he shown any innate compassion, or sacrificed for the good of others?

He has the weight of the world on him

He has the “weight” of an office he sought –

to try and create world peace overnight

There’ll be no overnight here; there’s evil in the world. If he acts to defend us from it, and promotes freedom, peace will eventually follow. If not, not.

while fixing all of Dubya’s financial messes here at home.

Dear “random talking point generator;” the current financial mess, as you call is, is complicated; (I know, I’ve lost you already,) and is owned by many people in leadership positions, including current congressional leadership, as well as both the current and prior administrations.

It’s a tough job

Okay, you’re right about this one.

and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

And, you’re right about this one as well.

Glad to be of service. Stop by anytime.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Barry: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU.

bloggless on June 19, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Uh Oh! the mullahs have really screwed the pooch this time… we are now one step away from the dreaded “gravely concerned” status.

elduende on June 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Spineless.

rollthedice on June 19, 2009 at 7:46 PM

IIRC Ed actually called this on TEMS yesterday. That he was going to upgrade his “Troubled” to “Concerned”, but said it as a joke. Scary that it was called to the exact word.

- The Cat

P.S. Might have been someone else though.

MirCat on June 19, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Obama let his inclinations as a two-bit Chicago ward heeler take over, and appointed people based on political considerations….

JohnGalt23 on June 19, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Well these considerations turn out to be voices from the Carter, George senior(the Snowcraft crowd who openly criticized junior’s policy) and the Bill Clinton admins.

These folks, I might add, all have one main connection, they disliked Reagan and George W’s approach to foreign policy. Especially W, Reagan without the charm.

They are definitely not into “tear down this wall”.

patrick neid on June 19, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Blah blah blah rattle rattle rattle blah blah blah…

ladyingray on June 19, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Check out this related Onion-style parody entitled “Obama Sends Sterner Message to Iran from His Personal Blackberry, But Experts Say His Use of Emoticons ‘May Cloud Message’: http://www.optoons.blogspot.com/ (June 19 entry)

Mervis Winter on June 19, 2009 at 7:36 PM

LOL, great link

patrick neid on June 19, 2009 at 8:32 PM

We are in the early stages of looking into forming a task force to consider the feasibility of issuing a reasonably strong statement reflecting our concern over the tenor of the Iranian regime.
Say something O wise one. Please

swede7 on June 19, 2009 at 8:35 PM

At last!! Obama has finally graduated from voting “Present!!”

Now he’s voting, “Concerned.”

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on June 19, 2009 at 9:04 PM

His behavior is positively Wilsonian.
Escallating sternly worded letters – that’ll fix it!

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM

obladioblada on June 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Thanks. LMAO! I had forgotten about that vid. Could be right on the id.

freeus on June 19, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Let me know when he gets to pissed off

proudteadrinker on June 20, 2009 at 12:43 AM

If Obama gets any more irritated, the mullahs won’t rename Tehran to Obamayousexaymanyouville.

Just saying.

Pomme143 on June 20, 2009 at 4:26 AM

’s a tough job and millions of prayers are going up for him everyday for wisdom and strength.

dcwvu on June 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Why in the hell would God even listen to those prayers? Barry doesn’t believe in a higher authority beyond himself. And he certainly wouldn’t give thanks to God for any success he would miraculously attain. Those prayers are futile.

Fed45 on June 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Why do you want the US to provoke more backlash against the protesters and fire up the hard-liners even more?

Mere weeks after the United States invaded Iraq, Richard Perle said publicly of neighboring Iran and any other country who would dare to oppose the United States: “You’re next.” Behind the scenes, the Iranians are reported to have approached the Bush administration in the spring of 2003 with an offer to negotiate an end to their nuclear program in exchange for normalized relations (Nicholas Kristof posted the docs on the NYT blog).

The Bush administration’s response? “No comment.” Instead, they effectively let Richard Perle do the talking for them. Within a few years, the small circle of reformers who had been willing to reach out to the United States were gone from power, replaced by Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Since then, pro-democracy advocates in Iran have had a simple message for the Americans who purport to be their saviors: butt out. Most notable among this group is Nobel-laureate Shirin Ebadi, who has been outspoken in calling the elections a fraud, but has been equally clear in urging American leaders not to anoint the Iranian reform movement as America’s choice. Ebadi has praised Obama’s approach. A more outspoken, or even hostile, posture by Washington would certainly evoke a counterreaction among fiercely nationalistic Iranians.

Rae on June 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Does Obambi want to be a martyr?

Cybergeezer on June 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

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