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September 24, 2013 - 12:24 pm

After much speculation about whether President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would meet, perhaps photographed shaking hands together, the Islamic Republic was the one that turned down the U.S. president.

Senior administration officials told the White House pool about half an hour ago that the White House had offered to have “an encounter” on the sidelines of UN General Assembly with Obama and Rouhani, but the Iranians informed the U.S. today that it is “too complicated for Iranians to do at this point.”

“There will be no meeting,” one official said, according to the White House pool report. “It was clear that it was too complicated for them.”

They stressed that Secretary of State John Kerry would press relations with his Iranian counterpart.

Still, officials tried to downplay the snub, saying that they were publicly and privately “open to having discussions on the margins of UNGA.”

“The Iranians have an internal dynamic that they have to manage and the relationship with the United States is clearly quite different than the relationship that Iran has with other Western nations,” a senior administration official said.

Rouhani, who speaks at the UN this afternoon, engaged in other sidelines meetings with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and French President Francois Hollande.

Rouhani skipped the UN leaders’ lunch for a reason that one of his official news organs, Iran’s Press TV, got high and mighty about:

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Rouhani declined to attend the luncheon because they served alcohol, and he wanted to forcefully make the point that he doesn't like alcohol.

So maybe declining to meet with Obama was to make the point that he doesn't like....What??

Bisexuals, maybe?
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And here, in Israel, I was having a bad trip about how Big Satan will now become best pal with the mad republic and help them nuke Little Satan with ease. Guess some miracles can't be performed even by Da Wan.
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of course they did

Obozo is now just a just a punching bag for despots and fascists to make look foolish - and since they and Putin are smarter fascists than the "most intelligent president evvvvvvver" they can make him dance like the cheap empty suit puppet he truly is
1 year ago
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While the Iranian leadership is evil by most standards, the leadership is intelligent. They are in full 'rope-a-dope' mode now. Nuclear weapons production means are well in place. Progress is just fine, as referenced by mimi jacques on this thread. They can offer to shut down Fodor because they have installed large new numbers of centrifuges, and they have multiple paths to the bomb - both enriched uranium and plutonium. They're not quite there, but all the countermeasures of sabotage - including cyberwarfare - have not succeeded. Rouhani actually referred to the Holocaust as a 'reprehensible crime', thus widening the circle of the credulous - of those who will leap onto the Bandwagon of Emergent Moderation. And Israel? Bibi by bowing to US pressure not to dismember these sites in a military attack is currently trapped, also in part by the Words of Love from Obama yesterday. The American Jewish community remains mesmerized by O'Barry. Looks like rain..
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This administration is reminding me more and more of a cat that runs into a screen door.

"I meant to do that." (staggers away)
1 year ago
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More like a brick wall. This should be renamed the 'BOHICA' regime.
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So the kiboshed meeting was, '..too complicated..' & thee dude to 'uncomplicate' things is John 'You Raaang' Kerry?

Yeah I see this plan 'working'.

Man this administration goes out of their way to look like amateurish chumps. Disgustingly sad.
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Rouhani declined to attend the luncheon because they served alcohol, and he wanted to forcefully make the point that he doesn't like alcohol.

So maybe declining to meet with Obama was to make the point that he doesn't like....What??

Bisexuals, maybe?
1 year ago
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Nope, either blacks or American Presidents.
1 year ago
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Probably more like THIS American President.
1 year ago
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That's not nice. Give him some face, else he'll draw red lines around himself that no one could cross.

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Doesn't President Obama know the Iranian hierarchy?

Doesn't matter, he desperately needs a photo-op. He would have talked to an Iranian janitor, if there was one tagging along.
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Anyone with some sense of shame would have resigned by now. Anyone but Sheik Obubu. I am convinced he will end up like Mussolini. If I was a member of his family I would move to the opposite end of the planet, even if to avoid sharing in the disgraceful spectacle this buffoon is providing for the whole world.

Go Obubu, genuflect before them may be they'll love you this time!
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Mr. Magical Fairy Dust, President of the World, just got rained on by the Persian Empire.....In other news, people were gunned down in Chicago.
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"In other news, people were gunned down in Chicago."
That is news?
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"That is news?"

I think that's shipley meant - Da Wan being rained on by the mad mullahs is about as unexpected as people being gunned in Chicago.
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Doesn;t President Obama know the Iranian hierarchy? Iran's President Rohani is not the one being reponsible for Iran's foreign policy- that belongs to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (and he is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards). Iran just took a feeler re: US/Obama based on his Syrian policy -having allies of US go in defeat (GB/Cameron, F/Hollande,Baltic States (now fearing reoccupation) etc. for the debacle of the century. Iran just celebrated the anniversary of the ending of The Iran-Iraq War' on September 22, having their military parade and their new 2,000 km reach missiles- the new 12 Sajils and 18 Fhadr. The turning over the Bashehr nuclear plant by Russians (guaranteed 10 yrs, over 1 yr sideline consultations). It was not Pres.Rohani who cancelled the tete-a-tete- it was the order of Supreme Leader Khamenei. Iran will string the 5+1 along u ntil the moment =phooh and US/Obama is trying so hard to have the tete-a-tete.
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And here, in Israel, I was having a bad trip about how Big Satan will now become best pal with the mad republic and help them nuke Little Satan with ease. Guess some miracles can't be performed even by Da Wan.
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