Obama Thinks On His Feet About Iran

President Barack Obama points to a reporter during his first prime time televised news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 9, 2009. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

We got to see something last night during President Obama's news conference we really haven't witnessed in awhile - Mr. Obama was thinking on his feet.

When the president was asked about Iran, you could see him think through his answer. There were no note cards. No talking points.

The president knew he was speaking not only to the press but, also to the American people and to the people of Iran.

His answer was a framing of American foreign policy toward a country that has bedeviled the United States for thirty years. This was not shooting from the hip.

Nor was it a stock answer from a stump speech. It was the synthesis of his philosophy along with the cold hard reality of the current Iranian state.

This morning, Iranian president Ahmadinejad responded not with the usual bellicose baloney, but with the idea that a change in relations with the U.S. is possible. This isn't rapprochement, but may be an opening.
By Harry Smith
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