Statement from the President on Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2009

Statement from the President on Iran

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

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22 Comments

  1. Getting real crazy there now.
    Folks are willing to die for this.

  2. Some have died for this.

  3. “As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away”

    A written statement? What, the teleprompter is broken? And people still dare to praise his “oratorical skills”…. And what with the reference about what he “said in Cairo”? What a narcissist. I just read Ronald Reagan statement about the situation in Poland in 1981, when the goverment declared martial law. Not a single “I” or “me”. But in all fairness, Reagan was just human, not some “sort of God“…

  4. Alex, looks like they will continue to die….

  5. Well, it was Obama who said the words in Cario, would be kinda silly for him to say,

    as Obama said in Cario…

    Ulisis, Obama is handling this situation as he should…cooler heads always prevail.

  6. By the way.

    Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s out there in blogland

    HUGS and KISSES !!

  7. Michelle,

    First on the light side…I’m aware that went natural English speakers pronounce my name they miss-pronounce it “ulisis”, but this is the first time I’ve seen someone…well miss-write it. That’s why I tell everyone to call me “uli”; it sounds the same way in Spanish and English….now, back to the conversation…

    Michelle, my beef with his “I said in Cairo” is that he is putting himself at the center of the Middle East universe based on a mediocre speech. It was never his intention in Cairo to give comfort to the people in the middle east that are suffering under tyranny and/or religious inspired repression. That is what a true liberal (in the classic meaning of that word, not the new distorted meaning that it has now) would do.

    In Iran he’s not handling anything. People, young people, and dying on the streets of Tehran. Women have bear the brunt of the oppression of the Iranian theocracy, they’ve had enough and they are fighting and dying for their rights. You want to paint Obama’s silence as a “cool heads” aproach, go ahead and keep deluding yourself.

  8. “Neda, I hope that your death is not in vain.”

    From CNN. Remember her when trying to justify the “cool head” approach of holding up for negotiations with her killers.

  9. I apoligize for misspelling your name, the text is quite small on my computer, and with age, the eyes go first, Uli it is….

    like my cat…her name is Yuli.

    Don’t misunderstand me when I say, cooler heads…to me, I feel, that things are going on, that we may not even be aware of when dealing with this situation. If we amp up the rhetoric, I fear, it will make things worse for those in Iran. I do not feel, Obama is being “silent” on this matter in the least.

    You feel we should negotiate with the current leaders in Iran? How can we at this point, to do so, would send the message, that we reconize the the false winner, with legitimacy.

    I liken the plight of the people in Iran, with our own fight for demoracy, I try to place myself in their shoes, how would I feel, if the same was happening in our country? This is a fight for demoracy, its fragile and is trying to grow in the most unlikely of places. I only hope, this isn’t another Tiananmen Square, when little by little, the voices are drowned out by tanks and guns, to slowly watch the seed of demoracy die, before our eyes.

    Don’t think for a second, I think we should sit back and just “let” this happen, but in reality, there is only so much we can do, without making the situation far worse.

    Are you willing to die for this cause?

    We see everyday, people who ARE willing to do just that. I was watching footage, of the member of the militia who was hurt after his motorcycle was wrecked and lying in the street….one lone woman, was doing her best to protect him from the angry mob…as if to say, this is not the man we should be upset with, the fight goes beyond this one man unprotected in the street. I was moved to tears over her efforts. The footage you speak of, I have not been able to bring myself to view. Im just left with a sick feeling over the whole issue.

    I have it on good authority, that much is being done, that we are not privey to….call it “deluding” if you like, but I hear the call of ‘death to America” coming from their supreme leader…and I do not doubt for one second, that he would dearly love to tag this uprising on us…and how will that serve those that are dying in the streets? This is about THEM, not us and our might.

  10. the ideas or influence of less emotional people prevail

    the meaning of the phrase

    “cooler heads prevail”

  11. The ideas or influence of less emotional people is called apathy. It’s passion that fuels revolutions and exacts real change, not the hopey-changey thing we keep hearing about.

  12. I do not see it as apathy at all…

    You folks go ahead and just keep thinking that crap, that others just don’t care because they choose to handle situations differently.

    Do your really think, that brute force and cowboy ways is the only way to handle things??

    Thats just stupidy.

  13. Drama.

    No room for it in Diplomacy.

  14. In a statement yesterday…

    Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a statement….in closing he said,

    “Keep Hope ALIVE!”

    more of that hopey changey thing I suppose….

  15. Its hope that makes a person fight, that is the first emotion that brings about change.

    Its the hope of a better day, that causes people to take to the streets, to fight and die for what they believe.

    What is happening in Iran, has everything to do with hope and change.

    Don’t even get me started!

  16. That’s my girl! You rock Texas!!!!

  17. Hope is NOT a neccesary ingredient for change.

  18. Hopey changy?
    My GAYDAR just went off.

  19. What gets the person even thinking about change in the first place?

    A desire for something better….a hope of something better…

    hope allows us to focus on what we want in life, and change is very much something that we want, and it appears we are not alone in that.

  20. Back atcha, Cali.

    Much love…

  21. Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. Hopefulness is somewhat different from optimism in that hope is an emotional state, whereas optimism is a conclusion reached through a deliberate thought pattern that leads to a positive attitude.

    How does change not come out of hope?

  22. Daddy Time

    Later folks…


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