Disgrace: Gibbs says Ahmadinejad is the elected leader of Iran

posted at 3:50 pm on August 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart. He could have dodged this question a dozen ways. He could have said the election’s irrelevant from our standpoint since we have to play the cards we’re dealt; he could have noted, as Obama’s often done in the past, that true power resides in the supreme leader so it’s only his legitimacy that’s at issue; or he could have told the truth and said that all Iranian elections are shams since true reformers aren’t allowed on the ballot. Instead, so desperate are these tools to get Iran to the bargaining table and show Americans some sort of dividend from Hopenchange diplomacy that Gibbs actually acknowledges Ahmadinejad as the “elected leader” — the same lie the regime’s been telling the world and the same lie Iranians have been dying in the streets to challenge. As a de facto — and entirely gratuitous — endorsement of their corruption, it’s the lowest moment of The One’s presidency so far. And the only thing that’ll take the sting out of it is watching all the dumb liberals who painted their Twitter avatars green two months ago in solidarity with Mousavi’s supporters hemming and hawing now over how our lord and savior really had no choice but to kiss ass here.

Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, Obama himself has already set a September deadline for negotiations to happen before he starts pushing for a new round of sanctions against Iran. Which means Gibbs endorsed the election result to preserve the possibility of talks for another eight whole weeks. Eight weeks.

Update: Iranian dissident Raymond Jahan has a question: “How can Obama recognize Ahmadinejad as the ‘chosen’ leader? Chosen by the minority & by cheating, yes.”

Update: More Jahan: “It wasn’t an election. It was a one-way road to continous dictatorship. American ppl should question their president.”


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Someone get this guy a doctor!

He’s crazy!

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

“Thanks for everything, Gibbsy.” –Neda & her family

What. A. Piece. Of. Crap.

Abby Adams on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Whenever he speaks

I hear the following in my mind

“You’re killin’ me, Smalls!”

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

The time for robust debate has ended, I presume.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Illegitimate criminals sanction illegitimate criminals. Zelaya anyone?

elduende on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Is there a Chicago in Iran?

artist on August 4, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Come on Mr. Pundit. Of course Ahmadinejad is the elected leader of Iran. He was elected by the people with guns, the only votes that count.

Skandia Recluse on August 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

They
just
don’t
care

joe_doufu on August 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Just setting the Precedent for our own leader…

Legitamacy is not the point… only the “election” results.

Romeo13 on August 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

And Im the King of England.

hanoverfist on August 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

At least they’re consistent. Achmadinejad is the elected leader of Iran. Zelaya is the elected President of Honduras. And the idiot messiah is the elected Precedent of the US.

Constitutions, eligibility, electoral shennanigans, or the murderous rage of governments against the populace be damned.

They won! Each and every one of them.

progressoverpeace on August 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Ahmadinejad tries to steal an election and kills people outright who disagree – Obama says we have to follow the rules of the law of the country.

Zelaya tries to steal an election and is caught and legally kicked out by his country – Obama says Zelaya’s power must be restored as international law must prevail…

Huh… what’s similar here?

Obama likes dictators who usurp authority and control their populace.

Not a good sign.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Now that is change we can all believe in!

nazo311 on August 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Barack Obama = Gutless Turd

JohnGalt23 on August 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Man, it feels soooooo good to be an international laughing-stock again—just like we were under BJ Clinton…. Obama will show us for having the temerity for being the lone world super-power and beacon of freedom….

Delaware Vol on August 4, 2009 at 3:58 PM

And Im the King of England.

hanoverfist on August 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Cool. I got you this neat-o iPod nano for a gift.

Daggett on August 4, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Just Like Pinnochio will be the lected leader in 2012!

After HealthScare passes and Amnesty passes, Acorn fixes the census and gets out the vote, Pinnochio will have a lock on it. I think I’ll move to Canada or Mexico.

After all,all the mexicans will be here getting free healthcare

dhunter on August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Maybe he should have a beer summit with Neda and A-jad. Oh wait.

cjtony97 on August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

You didn’t really expect an Obama flack to be concerned about a few election “irregularities,” did you? After all, if Obama starts raising questions about how some president got himself elected by votes from voters who don’t actually exist . . .

AZCoyote on August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Some people just want to watch the world burn.

Kid from Brooklyn on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Does anyone else get the feeling that Gibbs’ job tenure is rapidly approaching its close?

Abby Adams on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

it’s the lowest moment of The One’s presidency so far.

I’m glad you qualified that with a ‘so far’…because it’s going to get worse. The One has yet to really probe the depths of which he is capable. Honduras was a nice appetizer to the full meal. This is just the first course.

AUINSC on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cowardly slime acquiesces while protestors keep getting vaped in Tehran.

In the new age of Hope and Change, America appears more timid and weak than it has in decades.

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Brilliant.

To borrow from Brendan Fraser in The Mummy: “This just keeps gettin’ better and better…”

ScaryBiscuits on August 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

After watching Gibbs…………

……… I just had to watch this little ditty.

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Abby Adams on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

He’d have been gone long ago if the media were doing it’s job. So would Geithner and a host of others.

Compliant media will really be the undoing of Obama. They are allowing incompetence to stick around far longer than it should.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

They’ve finished Carter’s work at last.

Dr. Manhattan on August 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

A debate in Iran? Missed that one. Was it before or after mass arrests, tear bombs and government crackdown on peacful protest and independent news?

clorensen on August 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Do they think that no one in the US is listening? I just do not get this kind of stupidity (stupidly).

ORconservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Neda goes under the bus.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

……………Check the birth certificate again.

ThePrez on August 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Come on Mr. Pundit. Of course Ahmadinejad is the elected leader of Iran. He was elected by the people with guns, the only votes that count.

Skandia Recluse

Now there’s an idea! I’ve got lots of guns and am ready for my vote to start countin!

dhunter on August 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

A communist recognizing another communist? Who would have thought?

This was a long time coming. These jerks love their dictators.

jencab on August 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I’m glad everyone is done debating and is getting along just fine now in Iran

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Barack Obama = Gutless Turd

JohnGalt23 on August 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Plz don’t insult turd

macncheez on August 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Carter embraced the Shah, and it ended in disaster.

Obama embracing Dinner Jacket will end the same way.

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Noo no!!! Those aren’t protests, those are celebrations! Everyone is just so happy now!

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Illegitimate criminals sanction illegitimate criminals. Zelaya anyone?

elduende on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

EXACTLY.

/Great interview with the Constitutional Honduran President Micheletti @ PJTV for people to see.

maverick muse on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Disgraceful

Worst. Administration. Ever

Sugarbuzz on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Seriously? WTF is wrong with this guy?

Shock the Monkey on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Hey everybody! Meet Scott McClellan’s long-lost brother!

NathanG on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Does anyone else get the feeling that Gibbs’ job tenure is rapidly approaching its close?

Abby Adams on August 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Well, when Bush’s numbers started getting bad he kept going for prettier people…

Neda goes under the bus.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

No, for that to be so, he would have had to have supported her at one point.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

I know a lot of Iranians and they are going to be even more crushed by this latest WH development…They have been really disappointed by the WH’s response thus far… If only the election had been a year ago…

CCRWM on August 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

It’s actually much worse than you think. They have no idea they made a gaffe until someone like this blog tells them. That is what is scary about these folks.
They have no concept of what the words they say do in the outside world.

kangjie on August 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

No, for that to be so, he would have had to have supported her at one point.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

True dat.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Do these guys have something in common that no one is mentioning?

d1carter on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

So Iran didn’t act stupidly?

the_nile on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I wonder how secure the Israeli’s feel, how did they come up with September as a deadline?

fourdeucer on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I hope Gibbs runs in 2012 against Obama. I’d vote for him.

daesleeper on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Shameful. We can either stand with the people or the dictators and Obama picked the dictators. The return of realpolitick is upon us.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I thought Obama stated this awhile back. Was there ever any doubt? If we claim it’s not the legitimate government, then we’re DOA as far as any nuclear negotiatons go. Right?

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I can’t wait til Gibbs steps down

Teh thread on this site is going to be HUGE

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

To quote Winston Churchill’s prophetic condemnation of Neville Chamberlain:

“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

Khorum on August 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Worst “White House Mouth” ever.

Red Cloud on August 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Khorum on August 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Love Churchill

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

What’s wrong with that?

The Obama Administration is simply standing by a Democratic-ally elected leader, just as it did when it condemned the Honduras coup perpetrated by that country’s military, legislature, and judiciary in support of its constitution.

malclave on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Just Like Pinnochio will be the lected leader in 2012!

After HealthScare passes and Amnesty passes, Acorn fixes the census and gets out the vote, Pinnochio will have a lock on it. I think I’ll move to Canada or Mexico.

After all,all the mexicans will be here getting free healthcare

dhunter on August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

And then the SCOTUS pulls out of it’s backside that term limits are unconstitutional and the left’s collective wet dream is a reality as BO becomes president for life. All hail King Obama.

jmarcure on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

the same lie the regime’s been telling the world and the same lie Iranians have been dying in the streets to challenge. As a de facto — and entirely gratuitous — endorsement of their corruption, it’s the lowest moment of The One’s presidency so far.

How about telling Honduras to stuff its constitution?

Count to 10 on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Even Khameni seems to be hedging his bets on Ahmadinejad. But not Obama.

Carl in Jerusalem on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Obama embracing Dinner Jacket will end the same way.

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

For him or for us?

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

I can’t wait til Gibbs steps down

Teh thread on this site is going to be HUGE

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Record setting…

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Of course they want to lend legitimacy to the process used in Iran. They want to import the system here.

MarkTheGreat on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

LOL Daily Kook is practically orgasmic that Clinton “freed” those two reporters in North Korea. If you didn’t know this was already arranged to happen, you would be hopelessly brain damaged.

Speedwagon82 on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

kangjie on August 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Systematically Naive.

Abby Adams on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

This shouldn’t be surprising; after all, Ahmadinejad has always been Obama’s best buddy. This government is sick.

rplat on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

And then the SCOTUS pulls out of it’s backside that term limits are unconstitutional and the left’s collective wet dream is a reality as BO becomes president for life. All hail King Obama.

jmarcure on August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

The libs will have to try something else. Since Presidential term limits are a Constitutional amendment, they are Constitutional.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

LOL Daily Kook is practically orgasmic that Clinton “freed” those two reporters in North Korea. If you didn’t know this was already arranged to happen, you would be hopelessly brain damaged.

Speedwagon82 on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Why , Clinton came over and said “Dont feel ronry” .

the_nile on August 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I think it’s Gibbs Haiku time.

Gibbs fails at his job
He makes McClellan look good
He is Barry’s Mouth.

portlandon on August 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Hitler was actually elected. Ahmadinejad was selected.

No justice, no peace.

Mojave Mark on August 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I thought Obama stated this awhile back. Was there ever any doubt? If we claim it’s not the legitimate government, then we’re DOA as far as any nuclear negotiatons go. Right?

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Nuclear negotiations? Those were “DOA” the instant Iran became an “Islamic Republic.” Even if you believe that there is/was a chance for negotiations, Gibbs could’ve used a little tact and not legitimized the elections and still kept open the possibility of negotiations. Don’t bother rationalizing this because Gibbs is an idiot. It’s okay to admit that the press secretary royally “screwed the pooch” on this one.

Shock the Monkey on August 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Maybe he should have a beer summit with Neda and A-jad. Oh wait.

cjtony97 on August 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Did you realize the second problem with that?

Count to 10 on August 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Someone get this guy a doctor!

He’s crazy!

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, maybe?

Del Dolemonte on August 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I don’t think this was necessarily just to keep to door open for nuke talks to happen either. I think Obama preferred Ahmadinejad all along. He was very reluctant to criticize Amadinejad weeks ago, during the violence and had to be publically shamed into into cancelling his July 4th party with the Iranians. Those events have now been off the radar screen long enough that it’s safe for Obama to endorse the one he wanted to deal with anyway. And nobody on the left has the cajones to criticize it, of course.

AUINSC on August 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

The libs will have to try something else. Since Presidential term limits are a Constitutional amendment, they are Constitutional.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Nope. They will find that the amendment was invalid because they found that someone picked their nose at the signing. They will claim the nose picking clause was in the same section that has the abortion and health insurance rights.

jmarcure on August 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

The libs will have to try something else. Since Presidential term limits are a Constitutional amendment, they are Constitutional.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Wouldn’t put it past them to try and change that, though with approval ratings in the 40s already, I can’t imagine they’ll try it with Obama.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I really, really detest these people.

powerpro on August 4, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Sad.

sammypants on August 4, 2009 at 4:18 PM

The libs will have to try something else. Since Presidential term limits are a Constitutional amendment, they are Constitutional.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Which is why he wrote the “pulls out of their backside” part.

Count to 10 on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

For him or for us?

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Both. Things like this should make 2012 easier, though it still means whatever limp-wristed worthless GOP laphound gets nominated will win. On the other hand, we can look at returning to the weakened global position we occupied about 100 years ago.

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Gibbs could’ve used a little tact and not legitimized the elections and still kept open the possibility of negotiations.

Hmmmm*….I’m trying to picture how. But, in general, I don’t agree with sidestepping legitimate questions.

I am surprised it is even a question. Obama did announce just that when he commented on the situation.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

If we claim it’s not the legitimate government, then we’re DOA as far as any nuclear negotiatons go. Right?

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Are you under the impression that those have any hope of succeeding anyway?

Did you realize the second problem with that?

Count to 10 on August 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM

What, that Neda’s dead and was a Muslim? Wouldn’t put it past Ahmadinejad to have a cold one, though not publicly.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Disgrace is too kind of a word.

crosspatch on August 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

4:05 PM
Carter embraced the Shah as the “island of stability” two years before the Islamofascist revolution that destroyed the modern Iran’s Constitutional Monarchy, to become the Theocracy it remains today that Carter made certain to enable.

The Politico article references Carter’s allowing the Shah medical treatment in the US. Actually, Carter evicted the Shah from US hospitalization, and kicked the Shah out of the US once the Americans in Tehran were taken captive. Although Carter toyed with the Shah thereafter, promising to permit further US medical treatment, Carter always denied the Shah re-entry; and the Shah died ill in Egypt.

Obama’s MiddleEast agenda will destroy Israel. Whoever he supports in Iran, it will be someone of the same mind.

maverick muse on August 4, 2009 at 4:21 PM

The end is near. Viva La Revolución!

BierManVA on August 4, 2009 at 4:21 PM

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

You’re so bleak, Madison. I’m dreaming lustfully of the 2012 Armageddon.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:21 PM

AnninCa:

Oh please. What negotiations? The idea is that if we kiss the mullah’s behinds then maybe they won’t make a bomb. yeah right.

And what happens when and if the protesters prevail? Will they appreciate our efforts to legitimize their oppressors?

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

My head just effing exploded.

Ferris on August 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

My head just effing exploded.

Ferris on August 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Gonna have to wait a few months to get that fixed.

Sorry!

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Okay, guys (BHO + Robert Fibbs), we know you’re incompetent. You do not have to keep bending over backwards (or is it forwards) to prove it.

We GET IT already!

Take the pledge: No more press conferences and no more press briefings until you’re potty trained.

IndieDogg on August 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Before we get down to the brass tacks, let us first acknowledge the absolute perfection of tone by Allah on this. Spot-On.

“It wasn’t an election. It was a one-way road to continous dictatorship. American ppl should question their president.”

We do, Shotzi. We most certainly effing do.

Jaibones on August 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Hmmmm*….I’m trying to picture how. But, in general, I don’t agree with sidestepping legitimate questions.

I don’t know if you read the article, but AP offered a few suggestions that would’ve worked well. Also if you don’t agree with sidestepping legitimate questions, I hope you don’t enjoy watching the president give a press conference.

Shock the Monkey on August 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Of all the time Gibbs giggles without an answer, that would have served him better this time than his response will.

maverick muse on August 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

As Obumbler is making Carter smile, Gibbs is making McClellan smile.

jukin on August 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM

The libs will have to try something else. Since Presidential term limits are a Constitutional amendment, they are Constitutional.

ladyingray on August 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

They’ve got the Vichy Right screaming to ignore the Constitution on eligibility. They’re halfway to getting people to ignore some “stupid amendment”. Besides, there are very simple ways around the 22nd amendment, since it only addresses being “elected to the office of the President”, not serving as President.

I don’t think this is a concern, anyway, because this nation won’t last that long with The Precedent in power, but they could dodge the 22nd in a million different ways, some of them actually legal.

progressoverpeace on August 4, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Rock bottom.

If only.

World B. Free on August 4, 2009 at 4:25 PM

One of many incompetent stooges….. Baghdad Bob resurrected, no less……

ultracon on August 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I think they have a way to go before we can call rock bottom.

Vashta.Nerada on August 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Un. believable. Do they live on the same planet as we do? For the love of God and all that’s holy I hope someday we can undo all the damage this administration is causing.

scalleywag on August 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

All right, this time I’ll give the devil his due. Kudos to Allah on this one. He hit it out of the park. Gibbs is a disgrace to his office. Obambi is an even bigger disgrace to his for continuing to support that child molesting freak in Iran.

Percy_Peabody on August 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

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