pression of solidarity with the people of Iran — though you’ll find plenty of solicitude for their rulers. The president bends over backwards to reassure the mullahs that our government wishes them well,” Mr. Kristol said.
“You’ll find a paragraph addressed to ‘the people and leaders of Iran,’ as if the people and leaders were in harmony, and shared a need to be reassured that we seek ‘a future with … greater opportunities for partnership and commerce.’
“You’ll find two paragraphs devoted to speaking directly to Iran’s leaders. Obama reassures them of his commitment to diplomacy, and to an engagement grounded in ‘mutual respect.’ Of course expressions of respect for the people of Iran are nothing new — President Bush reiterated our respect for the people of Iran many times, including a year ago on the occasion of Nowruz, as they call their New Year. No, what’s distinctive about Obama’s statement is his respect for the ‘leaders,’ the clerical dictatorship.
“Indeed, ‘the United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations.’ Note: ‘the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ Does Obama routinely refer to Pakistan as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, its formal name? Of course not. But Obama goes out of his way to mention (twice) ‘the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ He’s kowtowing to a regime that is anything but republican, implicitly forswearing any plan — any hope — of regime change to free the Iranian people.” can, but is President Barack Obama.”
Mr. Impomeni added: “However shrewd and revolutionary it may be from an organizing standpoint, the government is not, and ought not be a community organizing group. It’s creepy. Campaigning is what Obama does best, however. We are likely to see many more pledge drives like this one, and equally likely to hear absolutely nothing about it from the media and the left.” “One of the many bummers of our ongoing miseries at the moment is that they have deprived Obama devotees of their expected post-electoral nirvana,”
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“Stem-cell research is restored, torture is stopped, diplomacy is back, high-speed rail is on the way! But where are the balloons and high fives and Yes We Did parties? Buried under an avalanche of toxic assets,” the writer said.
“Obama is the only person walking around with a big smile on his face. That onset of wild laughter on ‘60 Minutes’ about how humorous it is that no one in America, I mean no one, wants a bailout for the auto companies was one of the more surreal presidential performances lately.
“Why has Obama suddenly turned into the of teachable moments? We realize he’s just trying to shore up his poll ratings so he can distance himself from Pelosi’s pitchfork mob, but a ‘60 Minutes’ sitdown right after the Leno armchair session on the preceding Thursday seemed — for him — strangely tone-deaf to the risk of overexposure. (Thank God he skipped the Gridiron Dinner.)”