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June 22nd, 2009
12:45 PM ET

President Obama too hands off on Iran?

President Obama is taking a lot of heat from Republicans and conservatives for not being more critical of the Iranian government as protesters face violence from security forces in Tehran.

Citing sources in the administration, the New York Times reports Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would like him to take a stronger stand.

Filed under: Iran • Politics
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Cory Harris

    Obama's poll numbers are droping not because of the republicans it's because of the weak democrats because they simply have no heart. They talk all of this crap to get elected but a dam wimp now on getting things done. Its ok for the tax payers to pay for there health care but there to dam chicken to pass a bill for 47 millions Americans to get health care. What a bunch of punks.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Todd Kelsey

    Jim, please see my ireport about Iran at:

    June 23, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  3. Bernice

    Thank you "laughable"! I did also need a good laugh this morning! Your comment took care of that for me, sweetie! Slowly, the American people are "waking up" to the reality of what this president and his administration is all about! His outrageous spending needs to be put under control and should NEVER be allowed to happen again! Why is it that our administrations feel that WE....the American people, are responsible for paying for the worlds problems?? We can barely even pay our own bills, so why is it that we are paying for everyone elses?? In my opinion, I think Obama will go out as ABSOLUTELY the worst of the worst! That is if he does not destroy our country and way of life before he gets to that point! He wanted to rule us for 40 years?? We will be lucky to financially survive the first 4 ...and, hopefully the LAST 4! Again, laughable, thank you so much! It is a good thing to be able to find something to laugh about in a day, with our economy as devestated as it is! I do hope that the rest of US....(the people), WAKE UP! See all of the irresponsible decisions that our vote has caused! Let us all NOT REPEAT HISTORY in 2012!! Hopefully we have something better to vote for on the opposing team!! I will hold out for that!

    June 23, 2009 at 6:03 am |
  4. Jacqui

    laughable..... methinks the joke's on you. You seem to be in the minority..... along with the GOP???

    June 23, 2009 at 4:54 am |
  5. laughable

    "President Obama will probably go down as the best president this country has has ever had."

    hahahahahahaha. whew. thanks, Larry. needed a good laugh today. history will not look favorably upon weakness & inaction. nor will it look favorably upon out of control spending. not only will Obama not be viewed as one of the best presidents ever, he will likely before his first (and only) term be understood to be one of the worst US presidents ever.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  6. ahmad

    If the US should keep hands off and the world not to buy oil from Iran, will be the best solution for the collapse of the regim in Iran by the people of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  7. Larry

    How much longer are we going to beat this topic up?

    He's doing exactly the right thing.

    The Republicans need to rename their party and start wearing disguises.

    President Obama will probably go down as the best president this country has has ever had.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  8. Henrik Sørensen

    Obama is proving that he have a brain. If US should support then only covertly. This is the Iranian peoples fight. We should all support them as we can, but keep governments out. Especially the US government.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  9. S. Hill

    It amazes me that people are actually calling for the U.S. to do more about the Iranian elections. The U.S. is not about to invade Iran to support the demonstrators. . .we are in no position to do so. The pundits and politicians calling for the President to do and say more in support of the demonstrators seem to forget what happened when President Bush Sr. urged the Kurds and Shia to rise up in Iraq in 1991. . .it led to the deaths and displacement of thousands. . . not to the end of Saddam Hussein's regime.


    June 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  10. sheila

    No President Obama is doing the right thing, we do not need knee jerk reactions – this was Senator McCain's problem during the election. Remember the erratic responses to the fiscal crisis etc.?

    June 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  11. Kline

    To date, I have disagreed with most of what Predisent Obama has done. In this matter, however, I think that Obama is doing the right thing by limiting America's rhetoric regarding the situation in Iran. His reasoning for the limited response from the U. S. is absolutely justified. I am almost certain that some members in Congress will make sure that a strong statement regarding Iran is released on their behalf. This would be most unfortunate, because I think that the President actually gets this one. Republicans in Congress should save their energy. Trust me, they will need it later.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Jacqui

    The Republicans are playing politics as usual. I have seen Lindsey Graham's comments several times about the US being leaders and not followers. If he would just think about it, we are being leaders in advocating caution in the Iran conflict.
    Being a leader does not necessarily mean jumping in without any thought of consequences.
    President Obama must hold his ground and not be swayed by the idiotic comments of the GOP.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm |