June 21, 2009

LET'S TRY OUT THAT SENTENCE WITHOUT THE UNICORN RIDER IN IT:

In Tehran, a Moment For Obama to Seize (Jim Hoagland, June 21, 2009, Washington Post)

By threatening and then delivering repression blessed by his religious authority, Khamenei has turned an election dispute into a crisis of legitimacy for a regime that claims to be divinely inspired. Obama's decision to stay out of the limelight is paying off by keeping the focus on those who cheat and maim Iranians.

But the president and his advisers still have not adjusted policies and tactics being overtaken by events. This is clear both from the initial "caught in the headlights" reaction by Obama as he temporized -- albeit with steely skill -- and from accounts of diplomatic and other official sources here.


Caught in the headlights, the deer temporized with steely skill.

A lot of the press corps is going to be embarrassed in a few years time, reading what they wrote in the midst of their Obamania.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2009 7:09 AM
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