On The Sean Hannity Show today host Sean Hannity claimed that Obama has remained silent after the Iranian election, and thousands of people are growing outraged with Obama. Hannity said that Obama doesn’t want to make Adolf Jr. mad. The problem is that President Obama was on television this morning talking about….the Iranian election.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Hannity said, “It was funny that President Obama took credit on Friday for what looked like a historic upset in Iran sayinging that his speech in Cairo made the difference, well that now all appears that Ahmadinejad, Adolf Jr. as we call him, that he stole the election, and since then Obama is silent, and the outrage is now starting to build over the White House’s refusal to support Iranian democracy. Now apparently, there are hundreds of thousands of people now taking to the streets in Tehran angry over what’s happening here.”
Hannity said the White House doesn’t want to make Ahmadinejad angry, “In other words we don’t want to go out on a limb and take the wrong side of this. We don’t want to make Adolf Jr. mad. After all we wanted to negotiate with the guy without preconditions.”
However, here is video of Obama talking about the Iranian election this morning:
Obama said, “It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections. … I do believe that something has happened in Iran where there is, there is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community that have taken place in the past, and that there are people that want to see greater openness and greater debate and want to see greater democracy.”
Does Hannity not watch the news? How can he claim that Obama is staying silent, when he was on TELEVISON this morning talking about the Iranian election? You know television Sean. You are on it every weeknight at 9 PM Eastern. Hannity’s comments are example of how desperate Republicans are to attach something negative to Obama.
They don’t care that the correct approach to take is one that avoids the appearance of meddling in the domestic affairs of another Middle Eastern country. People like Hannity are only interested in making Obama look weak, and uninterested in democracy. Obama’s comments on this situation demonstrate more insight about the Iran and the Middle East than the Bush administration ever showed.
The attitude in the majority of the GOP is still reflective of the Bush era cowboy diplomacy. We have already seen the results of this policy in Iraq and North Korea. It is a failed approach that is more interested in playing domestic politics with foreign policy, instead of doing the right thing for the United States.