This is the least he could do. NO, he did not go in front of cameras. It is merely a White House statement. Huffington Post Nico Pitny, an Obama man, who is doing a great job live blogging Iran reported (I believe, hopefully): “Also, the White House press pool just received a notice to gather at 3:10 PM ET. He may be making an on-camera statement.” But the the truth is that Obama’s heart was not in the statement. The statement was “forced” on him. To show his disengagement he took his daughters to a custard shop for (a bit like NERO) eating ice cream. His “people” put out the statement:
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.