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President Barack Obama at a press conference to promote the Iran deal.

After the thunderstorm of criticism launched almost immediately after the Iran deal was announced on Tuesday, July 14, President Barack Obama held a press conference the next day, in an effort to quell the storm and sell the deal.

It did not really work.

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For one thing, after a brief, assertive pitch in which Obama relayed “yesterday’s historic, comprehensive” deal, accomplished with “our allies…and partners” – more on that word* below – the deal “cuts off all pathways to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” The president reiterated the same points he made at the press conference announcing the deal, and then he opened it up to selected media representatives for questions.

The first journalist called on, Andrew Beatty of the AFP, asked whether the deal would lead to a more moderate Tehran. The president then did something incredibly odd.

He started over.

Obama said he was sure Beatty would forgive him, but he just wanted to tell everyone…and then he launched into another, fuller version of his just-completed – we thought – sales pitch.

The twittersphere exploded with comments, many wondering if something happened to their news feeds.

After about ten minutes of grinding away at the same points he made the day before and even just moments before, the president seemed to remember he was in the middle of a press conference and had already begun allowing questions.

The answers to the questions posed were simply replays of his Iran deal talking points – no surprise, that’s why he was holding the press conference.

But then everyone tuned in to watch the press conference, and everyone in the briefing room, watched as the president revealed his fury at a journalist who dared to do his job and ask a tough, pointed question.

The question came from Major (that’s his first name) Garret, from CBS. Garrett pulled himself up, shoulders back, and asked about the American hostages being held in Iran. Obama did not like it. Not one bit.

Here’s the question: “As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. … Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”

“Content?” Obama spat out, while fixing Garrett in his steely gaze. Obama than incredulously restated Garret’s question as if it were why he was out celebrating the deal while American hostages were still being held.

“That’s nonsense. And you should know better,” the President said.

The president went on to lecture Garrett and the rest of the reporters about why the American hostages were not made a part of the deal. The reason he gave was that if the hostages were made a part of the deal, then the Iranians would want to add their own issues to the deal. There’s one problem – the Iranians did add non-nuclear aspects to the deal.

So the president’s news pitch to seal the Iran deal sales pitch went badly awry. But you won’t learn about that from the mainstream media which dutifully reported Obama’s bottom line claims that no one else – meaning, especially, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – has come up with a different plan, and that the only alternative to his deal is war. Those are still the sales pitch sound bites. The fact that they are not true does not seem to matter one whit.

*President Obama’s use of the word “partners” appeared to be an intentional inclusion after Trita Parsi of the National Iranian-American Council wrote an article decrying the fact that the U.S. and the other P5+1 parties did not give Iran enough respect. Parsi specifically bemoaned that Iran was not referred to as a “partner” by the other parties.

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115 COMMENTS

  1. We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  2. John We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  3. Frankie We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  4. John We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  5. Moshe We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  6. Beila, thanks, but I am in favor of this deal. I am burdened with two pro war Senators in my state so cannot urge them to vote rationally. Get a grip, release your paranoia and pray for peace. You must be smart enough to know there are many Iranian’s doing the same. When the sanctions are lifted, which worked, the populace will not want them to return. The leadership is not mentally ill like ISIS so regardless of what they say the reality is different. Shalom

  7. Beila, thanks, but I am in favor of this deal. I am burdened with two pro war Senators in my state so cannot urge them to vote rationally. Get a grip, release your paranoia and pray for peace. You must be smart enough to know there are many Iranian’s doing the same. When the sanctions are lifted, which worked, the populace will not want them to return. The leadership is not mentally ill like ISIS so regardless of what they say the reality is different. Shalom

  8. Susie We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  9. John We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  10. Nonsense. He never lost his temper, and his reasoning was sound. Long-winded, maybe? Sure. But, he solidly held his own, for sure. Just because that jerk from Fox tried to ‘get’ him, that does not mean that to any right-thinking adult, the President “lost his temper”.

  11. The ONLY way for Hillary to be defeated is if she comes up against Dr. Ben Carson. The latter will get a majority of the black vote, some of the Hispanic vote and a large chunk of the white conservative vote. That should see him beat Clinton comfortably, imho.

  12. You need to know who the 2 senators are of your state. Then you google their names and you will see a place on the bottom that says contact. It’s kind of hidden. Then the phone numbers are there. They have local numbers in your state too. The 202 numbers are Washington, D.C. Offices. I suggest you call Washington offices. Each senator has his own office and own phone number. You can post them to your friends that live in your state. I hope you have tons of friends. If everyone does what your doing we would have a chance of getting this done. We are not united anymore. Your the first person who offered to do something to help get this done.

  13. We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  14. He obviously a wonderful president that didn’t just free up billions of dollars so Iran can buy conventional modern weapons on the open market to share with Hamas and Hezbollah. The holiday they just had to burn the US flag was our imagination. Which part of death to America confuses you.

  15. Alice We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  16. Wendy We must have a veto proof vote in the senate please call your senator and tell him you are against this deal. Even if he is a democrat that is more reason to call. They want to get reelected. The numbers are posted in the internet.

  17. Obama said he wanted the Republicans to read the deal b/4 they oppose the deal. Well, Obama, you need to wait for them to offer an alternative b/4 you declare that you will veto their offer. You don’t even know what they will offer, but you have your veto pen ready. Can you say “Double Standard?”

  18. Obama said he wanted the Republicans to read the deal b/4 they oppose the deal. Well, Obama, you need to wait for them to offer an alternative b/4 you declare that you will veto their offer. You don’t even know what they will offer, but you have your veto pen ready. Can you say “Double Standard?”

  19. Call Chuck Schumer know matter where you live. His number in Washington DC is (202) 224-6542. He can stop this deal. Also we need a veto proof vote in the senate. Democratic senators would like to be reelected in our life time. Please tell them you do not trust a nuclear deal with Iran.

  20. Call Chuck Schumer know matter where you live. His number in Washington DC is (202) 224-6542. He can stop this deal. Also we need a veto proof vote in the senate. Democratic senators would like to be reelected in our life time. Please tell them you do not trust a nuclear deal with Iran.

  21. Six world powers who laboured for a long time and came up with this deal cannot all be that naive to have signed a bad deal.The British Foreign secretary was right When he said Netanyahu didnt want any deal with Iran and thats not in everyones interest.The mere fact that the foreign ministers of Britain,Germany and the US all had tough words to say about Netanyahus criticism of this deal is a clear indication that the World is becoming disenchanted with this man ,Whatever vote the US Congress will hold it seems sanctions against Iran are gone and gone for good and thats good news for the world.

  22. ….I don’t know what they have to say–It makes no difference anyway–Whatever it is, I’m against it!–No matter what it is–Or who commenced it, I’m against it!—–Your proposition may be good–But let’s have one thing understood–Whatever it is, I’m against it!–And even when you’ve–changed it–Or condensed it –I’m against it!….” (Groucho Marx)

  23. The president definitely got un nerved by his questions and seemed to want to shame the man for asking it when he "has already met with the families of the American prisoners in Iran. I would not exactly say that he lost his temper exactly but he really clearly did not like the line of questioning he was getting from him. This "deal" stinks and the president and his party are in for a rude awakening when Iran develops their bombs and hold nations hostage with them. Obamas legacy will be worse then Nixon, LBJ, Ronald Reagan and Andrew Jackson even . Hes just another Nero.

  24. America have you seen what Radio Biafra was saying about as being a moslem and a terrorist but you people heed not to the warning before voting the devil into power now be serous about religion less islam overrun America as a whole as they did to Turkey(Constantinople)

  25. HE SHOULD B IMPEACHED 4 TREASON ….INSTEAD OF DEFENDING US AGAINST IRAN HE IS DEFENDING THEM .WE DONT WANT NONE OF THAT MUSLIN CRAPT HERE N THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..WE R AMERICANS ….WE NEED A TRUE LEADER ….THE WAY HE TREATES ISRAEL IS AWFUL WE NEED 2 STAND BY ISRAEL WE ALWAYS HAVE …HE NEEDS 2 QUIT MAKING HIS OWN RULES & GO BY OUR CONSTITATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & DO WHAT WE THE PEOPLE WANTS NOT WHAT HE WANTS …………

  26. As a student of history especially WW2 and Middle East, I cannot think of a more dangerous deal to our nation and children that the one Obama and Kerry announced with Iran this week. Let’s talk facts and not emotion:
    • The leadership of the Iranian revolution murder their and oppress their own people similar to Nazi Germany.
    • They are apocalyptic and call for both America and Israel to burn since 1979.
    • They use terrorist proxies who are suicidal and would not hesitate to smuggle a bomb aboard a container ship or another means to inflict more casualties on the US than I can even comprehend. It would make 9/11 look like a scratch.
    • Obama and Kerry have proven to be corrupt and they lie and have lost all credibility with so many in this nation. They have weakened the USA and our allies.
    • The apologists of this deal follow a blind loyalty to this administration and are in denial about all the appeasement and concessions make to get this deal.
    • Iran shows absolutely no signs of moderation. Under this so called more moderate regime, Iranian aggression has increased and they have increased torture and execution of dissidents. Just like Nazi Germany. Rouhani spent last week attending a death to America parade.
    • History has taught us that when despots announce their genocidal intentions, you must take them at their word. My dad shared experiences with all those Americans who minimized the danger from Hitler. They were proven wrong and the leadership of Iran has far more dangerous military technology and are more insane than the Nazi’s.
    • Iran has never lived up to an agreement and this will not be different.
    • Obama and Kerry backed off all their demands around the Fordo enrichment center in a hardened mountain, the need for spot unannounced inspections and Iran developing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. These missiles have but one use, to hit the USA and Europe.
    • Iran says their quest for nuclear technology is for peaceful purposes, yet they were just caught trying to purchase military use nuclear technologies from the Czech republic.
    • The sanctions were working, Yet our so called negotiation’s only resulted in appeasement.
    • Iran will build and use bombs. Israel and the Sunni Arab states will have no choice but to prevent this. Obama has set the seeds for the worst war our planet has ever seen, even worse than WW1 and WW2.
    • The Apocalyptic Ayatollahs even acknowledge that it does not matter if Iran is destroyed, as long as they destroy Israel and kill as many Americans as possible.
    • If pushed too far, Israel will have to decide if they will allow another 6 million Jews to die, or if they will destroy Iran. Don’t think Israel has Atomic Bombs, they have Hydrogen bombs.
    • Just like in the 30’s, Americans were tired of war. It is debatable that we needed to fight WW1. But WW2 was different. Like Iran the Nazi’s were after world domination.
    • I pray to God that our next president immediately corrects this and starts healing America. This is not a time for silence. We need our own Churchill. History will be very unkind to those leaders that supported this administrations corruption and lies.

  27. Enough is enough! You hate President Obama and EVERYTHING he does is always wrong! Unless of course he is only benefiting Israel. If he does something to benefit the US he is a Islamist and you hate him!
    Everyone already knows that you are anti Obama and as a mater of fact anti everyone in the world that has anything that contradicts what you think and want for Israel. This is wrong and a major reason contirbuting to hatred of Jews around the world. You need to stop it before every American Jew stops supporting you because we are tired of being told how bad we are when in fact we are not bad not are we evil!

  28. Kathleen Warner – You are beyond stupid and ignorant you are simply an idiot! What you say is wrong, 100% wrong! You have no idea what Treason is or what Impeachment means! Obama has not committed Treason nor has he committed and impeachable offense! He has guarentted the world that Iran will have to wait at least another 10 years to begin work on a nuclear weapon. The 4 other powers involved all agreed to this treaty and could have stopped it at any time! It would have taken only one of them to stop the deal and they did not. Guess all the leaders of France, Great Britta, China, and Russia are all committing Treason and need to be removed form office! I would like to know who appointed you to speak for everyone in the UNited States? Last I saw and heard President won 2 national elections (both in landslide histroic proportions) and is indeed representing what the people of the United States want!

  29. Zachery Swain – If you had a brain I would say you are stupid, but only someone with an IQ of 50 would say what you said! He NEVER looses his cool. The little bit President Obama may have forgotten in his life is more than you will ever know because your brain is too smal to understand! You did not understand the issue with the Prisoners being held in Iran and Obama's comments were spot on. Your real problem is that everyone now knows ust how stupid and ignorant you are and before you go on another stupid rant you should have at least some idea of what you are talking about!

  30. We are in the three weeks during which we know there are no good outcomes for Jews. This Iran deal was determined to be done during this time. We are not given to understand all. Only Hashem can help us. All of your negative posts serve no purpose.

  31. Alan Kardon Alan you continue to be wrong! Enough is Enough with the Obama Bashing! It is wrong and shows just how ignorant the paper is. As for you, well I have come to expect you to say stupid things! Of all the people currently running for president who do you think will make the best leader?

  32. Alan Kardon BTE, calling Netanyahu a real leader just goes to show how ignorant you really are. He is partially responsible for the Iraq war which murdered so many American's for no reason and has made the Middle East and in fact the rest of the world living on pins and needles waiting to be attacked by the enemy of the day!

  33. You kinda remind me of myself when I blindly fallowed the democratic party Ed. I to was full of hate and contempt for others that did not share my idea of leftist paradise then something funny happened to me. I grew up. I realized that people who badger others and demean people are the stupid ones and the sad thing is I though I was smarter then everyone else. I'm glad I'm recovering from thar leftist mental disorder I had and you seem to be suffering badly from. The point here is the president is negotiating with a terrorist state period and if we had let or help the Israelis take out there nuclear infrastructure then we won't have to worry about a nuclear bomb ten years from now will we?

  34. It's not only the nuclear aspect that is concerning- guaranteeing that Iran will have nuclear capability in 10 yrs but releasing $150 billion so they can wreck havoc on the world thru Hezbollah and their other terrorist networks is just as frightening in the short term.

  35. Congress should dumb this blind deal since US is kept out of the inspecting team by the mullahs of Iran. Mullahs know how to cheat others by giving a piece of the leftovers (little bones ) from the dinner tables of the mullahs

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