Sunday, September 26, 2010
Barack Obama was shocked - shocked! - to hear Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tell the United Nations that it was the United States which perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
Putting on his Frowny Face, the president declared Ahmadinejad's remarks to be "hateful" and "offensive." Mr. Obama said that the statement was especially inexcusable because it was made "in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero where families lost their loved ones." And if there's one thing the president is sensitive to, it's the feelings of the Ground Zero families... except when it comes to building mosques.
Still, the president's strong words would have been refreshing if they weren't so clearly hypocritical. Almost exactly one year ago, one of the big news stories was that Obama had hired Van Jones as the Whitehouse "Green Jobs Czar" despite the fact that Jones made exactly the same "inside job" allegations about 9/11.
But at least the president took a strong stand. Or did he? Although he declared Ahmadinejad to be hateful, offensive, and bereft of "not just common sense but basic sense," Obama made a point of saying "the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it."
And fortunately, the door to the Whitehouse remains open for the president's replacement to walk through in 2012.