Politico picks up on an interview with President Obama that I would otherwise have missed (video below). In it Obama comments on the letter signed by the 47 GOP Senators setting forth the basic constitutional principles applicable to Obama’s deal in process with his friends in Tehran. Politico reports:
President Barack Obama said he’s “embarrassed” for the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to Iranian leaders earlier this week.
“I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the ayatollah who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is ‘don’t deal with our president ‘cause you can’t trust him to follow through on agreement,” Obama said in a trailer for a Vice News interview scheduled to run in full on Monday.
“That’s close to unprecedented,” he said.
You don’t have to have seen Obama’s reaction to the letter when it was released to understand that he’s faking it here. He’s not really embarrassed for the Republican signers. He is angry; he resents their lèse-majesté-
There’s news here, but Politico misses it. With respect to the letter, our Supreme Leader and theirs are on the same wavelength. Obama, of course, doesn’t see the Supreme Leader as “our mortal enemy.” He has other ideas.
On the substance of Obama’s remarks, Jen Rubin notes on Twitter, “Obama is not embarrassed to let Iran keep 1000s centrifuges and get a bomb in 10 yrs. Not embarrassed to go to UN but not Congress.” Jen has more in expanded format here.