Did you notice during the last press conference with President Obama that the questioners were a bit more aggressive in asking actual questions? Not quite where they should be, yet, but a glimmer of hope for some change in the slobbering adoration of this President and anything that he says or does.
The President was on the defensive and a bit testy when he was pressed for real answers, not pie in the sky generalizations. The man is thin-skinned. His skin has not toughened as he hasn't faced real opposition in his brief time on a national stage.
A terrific post by blogger The Anchoress, lists some questions that should have been asked by the adoring press corp at the White House yesterday of President Obama. As the White House is busy coordinating questions with the Huffington Post blogger allowed to participate in the session yesterday, it reminds one of the daily telephone chats that lay out the daily talking points for elected officials in the Democratic Party supplied by Rahm Emmanuel and company. It is quite the cozy arrangement. The liberal cheerleaders of President Obama, those who demand so much transparency in government are quite happy to go along to get along. Such change in this administration!
One question concerned the 'hot dog diplomacy' in light of the demonstrations in Iran. The Obama decision to invite Iranian ambassadors to American consulates around the globe for 4th of July celebrations - the first such invitations ever - is now seen as less than acceptable. First, no Iranian ambassadors accepted any invitations and then after some questioning, the White House quietly rescinded the invitations.
Something not being asked: where is the curiosity about the letter sent to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei several weeks ago - long before the elections - requesting dialogue and engagement between our two countries, as reported by CNN? Christiane Amanpour broke the news. Seems Obama assumed the Supreme Leader would succeed with his election plans and Obama wanted to sit around a table with him and talk things over.
According to The CNN Wire: "Khamenei made an indirect reference to the letter in his sermon on Friday at Tehran University: "The U.S. President said that we were waiting for a day like this to see people on the street," the Iranian leader said. "Some people attributed these remarks to Obama and the they write letters to say we're ready to have ties; that we respect the Islamic Republic and on the other hand they make such comments Which one should we believe?"
"One Iranian source said before the election, "We thought President Obama would send congratulations to President Ahmedinajad" and his senior advisers had already prepared a response to the anticipated note, which never came."
Far left Democrats have an odd acceptance of totalitarian dictatorships. It even confuses the dictators.
Obama was asked if the strong statements by Senators McCain and Graham in support of the Iranian demonstrators had strengthened his statements of support. He was embarrassed, as he should be. He is the leader of the free world and it is his job to promote freedom for all people, not kowtow and use respectful tones for dictators. He bowed to the Saudi King as he visited him and the left was fine with that. Remember when President Bush extended his hand to assist the feeble old man walk into his ranch? That was re-run over and over, mocking Bush for holding his hand. Simple courtesy is different than capitulation.
From Richard Cohen in The Washington Post: "If McCain, Graham and others have a valid complaint, it is not with Obama's words but with his music. The President of Cool seems emotionally disconnected from events in Tehran - not unconcerned but not particularly upset, either. This is a quality that will cost Obama plenty in coming years. He can acknowledge your pain, but he cannot feel it."