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Statement from the President on Iran
Twitter | 20 June 2009 | The White House Press Office

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.


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1 posted on 06/20/2009 11:50:03 AM PDT by The Klingon
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To: The Klingon

Yeay!!! More ambiguity!!


2 posted on 06/20/2009 11:51:10 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: The Klingon

Strongest statement yet


3 posted on 06/20/2009 11:51:10 AM PDT by The Klingon
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To: The Klingon

Milquetoast.


4 posted on 06/20/2009 11:51:34 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (America is the best -- 20 million illegal immigrants can't be wrong.)
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To: The Klingon
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.

Except if you're a Republican.

5 posted on 06/20/2009 11:53:10 AM PDT by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: The Klingon
As I said in Cairo,.....

It is ALWAYS about him! Narcissistic piece o'crap.

6 posted on 06/20/2009 11:53:14 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: The Klingon
Statement from the Pres__ent on Iran's Pres__ent

There. Fixed the title.
7 posted on 06/20/2009 11:54:02 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: The Klingon

And blah, blah, blah.....HE SAID NOTHING!!!


8 posted on 06/20/2009 11:54:13 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: The Klingon
The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government.

And so shall we. Got it!

9 posted on 06/20/2009 11:54:26 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: The Klingon

Sounds like a UN Security Council “Stop, or we’ll tell you to stop again” resolution...


10 posted on 06/20/2009 11:54:42 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (ESPN MNF: 3 Putzes talking about football on TV while I'm trying to watch a game.)
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To: The Klingon

“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....


11 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:09 AM PDT by jessduntno (July 4th, 2009. Washington DC. Gadsden Flags. Be There.)
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To: The Klingon

His teleprompter must be broken.


12 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:21 AM PDT by califamily4W (Save the baby humans!)
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To: The Klingon

ooooh, aahhh That’ll make imanut job and the mullahs quake in their sandals and unravel their turbans.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:41 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: struggle

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.


14 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:43 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: tsmith130

Would he take a job as Egypt’s pres__ent?

Then he can yak from Cairo all he wants.

Though I imagine even the Sphinx would grow weary, stand up, and walk away.


15 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:47 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: The Klingon
The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights. ...it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Remember these words the next time Obama and his administration disses Limbaugh, Tea Parties, and "extremist right-wing veterans."

16 posted on 06/20/2009 11:55:47 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: anyone

President Pantywaste speaks!


17 posted on 06/20/2009 11:56:31 AM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: F15Eagle

Another “present” vote. Unbelievable, for the leader of the free world. Believable, however, with 0bama.


18 posted on 06/20/2009 11:56:33 AM PDT by abishai
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To: Choose Ye This Day

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.


19 posted on 06/20/2009 11:56:37 AM PDT by The Klingon
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To: Keith in Iowa

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...


20 posted on 06/20/2009 11:57:19 AM PDT by freeagle
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To: The Klingon
What the hell does all that mean?

"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?

21 posted on 06/20/2009 11:57:31 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: xkaydet65

To be fair, O thinks a “Christian preacher” is the imam “Rev.” Jeremiah Wright ...

Sooooo ....


22 posted on 06/20/2009 11:57:31 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: The Klingon

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.


23 posted on 06/20/2009 11:59:02 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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To: The Klingon

We mourn each innocent life....No....Of course we’re not talking about aborted babies.....


24 posted on 06/20/2009 11:59:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: The Klingon

25 posted on 06/20/2009 11:59:42 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: The Klingon
Pathetic.

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.

26 posted on 06/20/2009 12:00:07 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: The Klingon

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.


27 posted on 06/20/2009 12:00:15 PM PDT by fortunate sun (Tell me what books you want to ban and I'll tell you what type of politics you hold.)
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To: xkaydet65

I agree. This statement was for American consumption, make that Democrat consumption, only.


28 posted on 06/20/2009 12:01:11 PM PDT by abishai
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To: MaestroLC

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.


29 posted on 06/20/2009 12:01:44 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: The Klingon
As I said in Cairo

It is all about HIM.

Sick.

30 posted on 06/20/2009 12:01:59 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: MaestroLC

Do we even know he made this statement of is it out of his aides. Remember he doesn’t work weekends! :)


31 posted on 06/20/2009 12:03:12 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin for OK Governor/Coburn for Senate 2010 ! Mark Rubio for FL Senate 2010!)
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To: xkaydet65

“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.


32 posted on 06/20/2009 12:03:12 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: The Klingon

It’s better, but it’s not good enough.


33 posted on 06/20/2009 12:03:28 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama interferring in Israel but gives a green light to the mad mullahs to destroy Iranians.)
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To: ElayneJ

Someone needs to tell ZERO that MLK was a Republican and bet he would quit quoting him! :)


34 posted on 06/20/2009 12:04:35 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin for OK Governor/Coburn for Senate 2010 ! Mark Rubio for FL Senate 2010!)
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To: The Klingon

Twitter:

RT @freedomist White House pool receives notice to gather at 3:10 PM EST. #Obama #iranelection


35 posted on 06/20/2009 12:04:37 PM PDT by califamily4W (Save the baby humans!)
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To: abishai

I didn’t see your post - I completely agree with what you said. :)


36 posted on 06/20/2009 12:04:48 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: The Klingon

His “statement” was just a fart... all hot air, stinking of liberal claptrap, and lacking any substance.


37 posted on 06/20/2009 12:05:10 PM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: The Klingon

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.


38 posted on 06/20/2009 12:05:14 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (America is the best -- 20 million illegal immigrants can't be wrong.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Nice post.

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.

39 posted on 06/20/2009 12:06:38 PM PDT by Republic (Jedem das Seinesc)
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To: The Klingon

There’s one word I didn’t hear and that word is DEMOCRACY.


40 posted on 06/20/2009 12:07:12 PM PDT by TheThinker (America doesn't have a president. It has a usurper.)
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To: PhiKapMom
Do we even know he made this statement of is it out of his aides. Remember he doesn’t work weekends! :)

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.

41 posted on 06/20/2009 12:07:36 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: The Klingon

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.


42 posted on 06/20/2009 12:07:54 PM PDT by 4Speed
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To: xkaydet65

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.


43 posted on 06/20/2009 12:08:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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To: The Klingon

44 posted on 06/20/2009 12:09:01 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: DoughtyOne

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.


45 posted on 06/20/2009 12:09:51 PM PDT by The Klingon
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To: The Klingon; okie01

“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!”


46 posted on 06/20/2009 12:12:35 PM PDT by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: The Klingon
and we will continue to bear witness.

Meaning: We'll just watch. This is not giving testimony or providing evidence for anything. He's twisting the language.

47 posted on 06/20/2009 12:13:42 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: califamily4W
RT @freedomist White House pool receives notice to gather at 3:10 PM EST.

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.

48 posted on 06/20/2009 12:13:43 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: MaestroLC

You are right. Obama doesn’t get it. Iraqi’s have freedom because of the former president, and Iran wants it too!


49 posted on 06/20/2009 12:15:22 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Republic

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.


50 posted on 06/20/2009 12:15:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Obama post 09/11. The U.S. is sorry, we are a Muslim nation, and we surrender.)
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