Obama pokes fun at Iran deal crit­ics

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

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