The Audacity of Obama

Assigned Reading: White House: Cairo Speech Inspired the Iran Uprising

Once again, HotAir’s Ed Morrissey writes a brilliant assessment of the arrogance and audacity of the Obama White House, this time regarding the assertion conveyed to The Washington Post that the protests in Iran should be credited to President Barack Obama, specifically because of his address to Islam in Cairo, Egypt a few weeks back.

So, when something looks promising, Obama will take credit. When something looks as though it is quickly en route to a horrible failure, he’ll blame former President Bush.

Slowly but surely, however, Obama and his flunkies will be forced to take ownership of an America in decline, of a global climate becoming increasingly unstable. At that point, it’s up to the American people to connect the dots.

Anyway, on this particular show of unbridled arrogance from the Oval Office, I’m not certain that anyone could say it better than did Ed Morrissey in this piece of assigned reading. In the interest of not taking away from what he wrote, I’ll let you read on.

Here’s the quote from The Washington Post:

Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic’s Islamic authority in its 30-year history.

And here’s the assessment from Morrissey. On target, as always:

This is the most despicable, self-serving, and arrogant spin I’ve seen yet from this White House, and that’s saying something. Obama gave a speech, and suddenly the people of Iran discovered that they’re being ruled by tyrants? Never mind that two weeks passed between the speech and the uprising, and that the very obvious trigger for the unrest was the incompetent manner in which the mullahs rigged the election for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Never mind the fact that this President took a full week to even sound like a watered-down Nicolas Sarkozy, let alone the leader of the free world.

This is very obviously an attempt at damage control. Obama has gotten hammered for staying behind the curve of Western leaders in the defense of liberty, freedom, and human rights. He has preferred to stay on the sidelines in the hope that silence will make the mullahs like him enough to grant him an audience, while Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and the Brits slam the mullahcracy for its brutal treatment of political opposition. Now, suddenly, Obama wants to claim credit for getting their first with his Cairo speech — which had nothing to do with overthrowing mullahs, and in fact had only a passing mention of democracy as an official US policy in the Middle East.

On the grand scale of things, I’d say that the establishment of democracy in Iraq had more influence on the Iranians than anything Obama’s managed to say, and I wouldn’t go so far to make it a proximate cause, or much more than a tertiary influence, after the stolen election and decades of repression by the mullahs.



  1. sharon says:

    I am listening to the president now, and I am saddened and embarrassed. To the people of Iran fighting today… I apologize

  2. Linda says:

    Sharon, you're better than me. I can't stand to hear him speak, see his face, or even read his name in print.

  3. Claudia says:

    Obama CAN'T possibly come out for the demonstrators because if he were to do so and not back Iran on whatever programme they are instilling onto the unsuspecting Iranian Citizens who need our help in becoming UNsuppressed, then he would be telling the IRAN, and any other government that we "meddle" in, that they can come in here and HOLD DOWN our government from the dissents and protests that are soon to start here in America. He can't afford that, he can't afford to go against the Government of Iran for anything because they can use that against him when he needs their help in HOLDING US DOWN!!! He wants, and is preparing for the time that he will need to USE our OWN TROOPS AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS!!! And he is forging the way to be able to force anyone from HELPING THE AMERICANS in defending ourselves. By saying that we don't Meddle in other peoples business or government therefore they have no right to do the same in our business or government. And he knows full well that there would be countries out there that WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP AMERICAN CITIZENS, if the help were truly needed. He is making sure that it won't be there. By preempting the complaint with it is their business, not ours, he is cutting off anyone else's interest in giving us anything but the same lip service that he has just given to them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Same lame Democrat tactic….remember how Al Gore invented the Internet?

  5. Dee says:

    How many more days until the next presidential election?


    All Al Gore has invented is the farce of Global Warming, or Climate Change, depending on it's latest name.

  7. Ian Thorpe says:

    I ought to sue this guy for plagiarism. I posted a comment on hot air last weeken linking Obama's Cairo speech to the troble in Iran but made it clear that Obama had incited the trouble by giving the impression that the USA would act in support of an uprising.

    Far from being something he can take credit for that speech and the message it sent to the middle eastern mindset was an unmitigated disaster for the west. The likely outcome in Iran now is the Islamist regime will survive, propped up by a military junta.

    Suddenly Mad Jad does not look such a bad option.

  8. D.A.Gust says:

    The reality of it all… Obama's words will have no real effect on world affairs, if any it will be quite small.

    I'm sure the Iranian people are a bit miffed at his response, but it will have no real effect on the outcome. They live in a theocracy, ruled by a committe of people that would readily whipe us away, if they could.

    The only real "Obama Effect" is how he some how obtained the US media's unprecedented willingness to abandon the basic responsibilities of a free press. Instead the media seems to favor acting as propagandists for this guy, we call president.

  9. Proof says:

    I liked your graphic! An alternative for this administration, considering how fond they are of "transparency" is "The Opacity of Hope"!

  10. Kevin says:

    Yeah, so I'm trying to figure out how Obama is going to blame the Bush Administration for the fact that the Uigers prefer Gitmo to freedom in Palau. Boy that Gitmo place must be really terrible huh? Imagine being in favor of remaining locked up at a torturous detention camp instead of freedom in some islands in the Pacific?

    Doesn't quite add up, does it. But whatever I'm sure it's Bush or Cheney's fault!!! LOL!

  11. ONE WEIRD TOWN says:

    More like the OddAssCity of Obama.

  12. Gail B says:

    I loved Jim Geraghty's comment under the linked story–about the uprising being about protesting the elections because of the difference in polls and election results.

    The curve I'd been thrown was from the White House. I thought I'd missed something somewhere. No, we were lied to–again!

  13. Anonymous says:

    You know your president is on the wrong track when France and Germany think the we are a bunch of *ussies.

  14. Gail B says:

    Here's the way out of the liberal/socialist nightmare:

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