Obama pokes fun at Iran deal critics
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama told comedian Jon Stewart Tuesday that critics of his Iran deal think he should have sent former Vice-President Dick Cheney to the negotiations with the Iranians. Obama poked fun at opponents of the deal during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” He said those critics think if only Cheney had been there, “everything would be fine.” Obama said Iran is an adversary that is anti-American and anti-Israel. But he said you don’t make peace with your friends. Obama added that the U.S. doesn’t have to give anything up in the Iran deal and said the next president will have more options because of the agreement. Stewart pressed Obama on a number of government missteps that have attracted controversy, including the Veterans Affairs scandal and IRS targeting of some political groups. Obama said he understands he will leave office without satisfying every one of his goals. But he said the country is better off than it was when he took office. “If we lose sight of that, then we’re feeding into this narrative that there’s nothing we can do,’’ Obama said.