Skip to comments.Statement from the President on Iran
Posted on 06/20/2009 11:50:03 AM PDT by The Klingon
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary _______________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 20, 2009
Statement from the President on Iran
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
Yeay!!! More ambiguity!!
Strongest statement yet
Except if you're a Republican.
It is ALWAYS about him! Narcissistic piece o'crap.
And blah, blah, blah.....HE SAID NOTHING!!!
And so shall we. Got it!
Sounds like a UN Security Council “Stop, or we’ll tell you to stop again” resolution...
“Martin Luther King once said - “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
He also said;
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
I wish we had one now....
His teleprompter must be broken.
ooooh, aahhh That’ll make imanut job and the mullahs quake in their sandals and unravel their turbans.
Does the haloed one think the mullahs give a flying fig newton what Martin Luther King said. One hint to Obama. King’s title.earned and practiced, was the Reverend Martin Luther King. I am so sure that Khahmeini is eagerly willing to follow the words of a Christian Reverend. Our student of history POTUS once again shows his finger is on the pulse of world events.
Remember these words the next time Obama and his administration disses Limbaugh, Tea Parties, and "extremist right-wing veterans."
President Pantywaste speaks!
Another “present” vote. Unbelievable, for the leader of the free world. Believable, however, with 0bama.
You where expecting something more?, I wasn’t.
The interesting thing is I don’t think the Iranian Governments tactics will work. If the people strike, the next step and continue to protest what is the government going to do? I think we are watching a real revolution in real time and when its over there will be only one regime let in the Axis of Evil.
Perhaps this is his confused version of “Walk softly, and carry a big stick.” ? Of course, it depends on what his definition of “stick” is...
"As I said in Cairo"...arrogant ass. He thinks every speech he gives is the Sermon on the Mount.
"arc of the moral universe"...has to be the dumbest MLK quote ever. What the heck does it mean? What is the "moral universe"? What difference is it how long it is?
As the death toll rises, I wonder how many in Iran will look to Iraq and think how lucky they were, to have the U.S. come in, take out the trash, and return the nation to it’s people.
We mourn each innocent life....No....Of course we’re not talking about aborted babies.....
Obama is a week late. He has no moral standing now to make any statement on liberty and freedom. It is clear that political pressure is why he is making this statement.
Mr. Obama, you could have sided with those that cry for freedom and liberty. Instead, you prefer to dine with tyrants and dictators.
Your silence was compliance. Now see the result: the brutal massacre of the Iranian people today.
How cool would it be for something along the lines of: I have just outlawed the Soviet Union. The bombers leave in 5 minutes.?
Obama proves once again his stature as a tool.
I agree. This statement was for American consumption, make that Democrat consumption, only.
Yeah, if he can’t say for a week, a few kind words for their freedom, why would we think he would for ours? He doesn’t.
It is all about HIM.
Do we even know he made this statement of is it out of his aides. Remember he doesn’t work weekends! :)
“Does the haloed one think the mullahs give a flying fig newton what Martin Luther King said.”
My thoughts too. He’s speaking to an American audience here, not to the Iranians, IMO. Altogether an odd speech.
It’s better, but it’s not good enough.
Someone needs to tell ZERO that MLK was a Republican and bet he would quit quoting him! :)
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I didn’t see your post - I completely agree with what you said. :)
His “statement” was just a fart... all hot air, stinking of liberal claptrap, and lacking any substance.
Why would I expect anything but milquetoast from the Empty Suit?
I wish I could be more optimistic about this revolution. If it had happened a year ago, we would have had a president who would have helped fund and arm the freedom fighters. Now, we have a Chamberlain who wants to appease the Persian Nazis.
Uhbama is pathetically cowardly. I really hate having a coward in the WH. Who has chosen people of equal cowardice to advise him...the unethical and weak have to surround themselvew with the same in order to function unchallanged.
He has no balls. I really don't think he does.
He certainly does not hear the cries of the Iranian people. He wants a Supreme Ct justice who understands compassion...we want a PRESIDENT who understands the importance of FREEDOM in every human's life and who understands fully that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
What a dolt.
There’s one word I didn’t hear and that word is DEMOCRACY.
If he really believed in this statement, he would be before cameras saying it.
One thing we know about him that he loves to hear himself talk and loves the camera.
This statement is political BS. It is not going to take the heat off of him. He's too late.
What a long winded pile of BS.
I’d like to see the Translation on this one in Farsi....
“President Obama is STUPID”
Reagan’s “Tear down this Wall” was more direct and understandable.
I know this is going to come as a massive blow to Obama, but I doubt the people of Iran idolize MLK to the degree he thinks they do.
That is the point, one of the reasons this is happening is because we went into Iraq, established a Democracy and WE ARE GOING HOME. While I don’t believe we will completely pull out (we are still in Germany and Japan after all) We are and will turn the country and its resources back to the people. This is not lost on the citizens of Iran and speaks volumes.
Freedom is rising in the Middle East because of W and the US Military, which remains one of the greatest forces for good in the world. As this plays out, US policy for the last 8 years will look better than ever and the foolishness of the last six months will bring discredit to O and his supporters. God still has a sense of humor.
“As I said in Cairo,”
It’s about ME!
We were to have a debate! With ME!
I am the world! ME! and my liberal gang that think our thoughts equal “the world!”
Meaning: We'll just watch. This is not giving testimony or providing evidence for anything. He's twisting the language.
Well, ok. If he just reiterates this statement on TV, I doubt it will change opinions considering the images we are now seeing out of Iran. He's a day late and a dollar short.
Damage control statement.
I don't see how this is going to quell any criticism against his week-long silence. In fact, it might exasperate it.
You are right. Obama doesn’t get it. Iraqi’s have freedom because of the former president, and Iran wants it too!
I can’t see a scenario where the U.S. would enter Iran and fix things. For that reason I believe our support for the Iranians (from the top) must remain somewhat muted.
The last thing I want to see, is the Iranian people put their lives on the line thinking the U.S. will swoop in and rescue them. If they were given hope, and that didn’t happen, it would be a betrayal of sorts.
Trying to shame the government of Iran into submission may be the right thing to do here.
I’m willing to listen to folks who may have a better idea. Our people are certainly making it clear that they support the Iranian populace.
I guess Obama and the international community could talk about sanctions. We’ve seen what good that does. And who would that hurt in the end anyway..., the people we support.
I’m not sure what alternatives we really do have right now.