How do you like your fancy new "rational," "calm," "cool," "collected" president now, America?
There's an historic uprising sweeping the streets of Iran. Millions of people have turned their Twitter icons green in solidarity. The Ayatollah declared war on Andrew Sullivan. And for days POTUS hasn't even broken a sweat, let alone called up John McCain to start drafting plans for the invasion.
By yesterday afternoon, all this coolness was making lots of people hot under the collar, among them GOP leaders, who seized the opportunity to grandstand pledge support for the Iranian people…
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor released a statement Monday that calls on Mr. Obama to "take a strong public position in the face of violence and human rights abuses." Cantor suggests the lack of a statement from the president cuts against America’s responsibility "to lead the world."
Hours later, finally, Obama finished his game of bocce with the Italian prime minister and spit out this mush…
"We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran," Obama said, adding that in the past, America had become a "political football" in the domestic politics of its arch-foe.
"I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability for folks to peacefully dissent, all those are universal values and need to be respected," Obama told reporters after meeting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. [...]
But Obama said he was committed to his plan to offer a diplomatic opening to Iran, and to discuss the country's nuclear program, despite finding the anti-Jewish rhetoric of Ahmadinejad "odious."
Christ, you've got to be kidding me. Sovereignty? Respected? A diplomatic opening? Doesn't this guy understand that his responsibility is to lead the world, as in, demonstrate the values of democracy to the world, as in, invade asap or at least seize control of a recount?
I mean, how else will people learn how the democratic process works?
Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Barack Obama, Eric Cantor, Iran, Twitter