President Obama had strong words for the Republicans who signed the letter Iran. The president said in the trailer for his interview with Vice that Republicans embarrassed themselves by sending the letter to a government that they consider to be their “mortal enemy.”
In the trailer for an interview with HBO’s Vice that will air on March 16, President Obama said that Republicans embarrassed themselves with their letter to Iran:
I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is, don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement. That’s close to unprecedented.
President Obama told Republicans that they embarrassed themselves, while calling out the hypocrisy of the letter itself, and suggested the act of trying to sabotage a negotiation with a foreign government was unprecedented.
The president was correct. The letter was an attempt to sabotage Obama while undercutting the president on the world stage. Instead of asserting their power, each of the 47 Republican senators embarrassed themselves and their country with their childlike letter to a foreign government. The president referenced the fact that the Senate Republicans who are pushing for war consider Iran to be America’s mortal enemy.
Apparently, though, the Senate Republicans view President Obama as a bigger enemy than an Iranian regime that funds and sponsors terrorism. The letter is a complete humiliation for the entire Republican Party. It was a reckless attempt to destroy a potential international agreement for domestic partisan political gain.
The letter was not an embarrassment for President Obama. In fact, the letter has helped Obama gain support from Democrats for any potential agreement by making the choice clear. Either Democrats support the diplomatic process, or they side with the Republicans who are pushing for a war with Iran.
The Republican senators took the potential Iran agreement from an executive versus legislative branch issue and turned it into a question of war or no war.
The few words that the president said in the Vice trailer were enough to understand that the Senate Republicans who signed this letter made a huge political mistake. The Republicans failed to embarrass this president, but they did manage to humiliate themselves in front of the entire world.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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