Video | President Obama Says Netanyahu’s Speech on Iran is a Mistake

President Obama’s White House-Rueters Interview

U.S. President Obama speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington

PBO on Netanyahu pending speech to Congress:  “I don’t think  it’s permanently destructive,  I think it’s a DISTRACTION from what should be our focus”

Full Transcript of Reuter interview


REUTERS – Let’s talk a little bit specifically about the prime minister. Susan Rice said that what he has done by accepting the invitation to speak was destructive to the fabric of the relationship. Would you agree that it’s destructive? And if so, will there be any consequences for him or for Israel?

OBAMA – You know, I think that Prime Minister Netanyahu is sincere about his concerns with respect to Iran. And given Iran’s record and given the extraordinarily disruptive and dangerous activities of this regime in the region, it’s understandable why Israel is very concerned about Iran. We are too. But what we’ve consistently said is we have to stay focused on our ultimate goal, which is preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon.

Now, as a matter of policy, we think it’s a mistake for the prime minister of any country to come to speak before Congress a few weeks before they are about to have an election. It makes it look like we are taking sides.

REUTERS – But aside from that, what about that is destructive?

OBAMA – I’m answering your question, Jeff. And the concern is, not only does it look like it politicizes the relationship but what’s also a problem is when the topic of the prime minister’s speech is an area where the executive branch – the U.S. president and his team – have a disagreement with the other side.

I think those who offered the invitation and some of the commentators who have said this is the right thing to do, it’s worth asking them whether, when George W. Bush had initiated the war in Iraq and Democrats were controlling Congress, if they had invited let’s say the president of France to appear before Congress to criticize or to air those disagreements, I think most people would say, well, that wouldn’t be the right thing to do. I guarantee you that some of the same commentators who are cheerleading now would have suggested that it was the wrong thing to do.

I don’t think it’s permanently destructive. I think that it is a distraction from what should be our focus. And our focus should be,‘How do we stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?’ Now keep in mind the prime minister, when we signed up for this interim deal that would essentially freeze Iran’s program, roll back its highly enriched uranium – its 20 percent highly enriched uranium – and so reduce the possibility that Iran might breakout while we were engaged in these negotiations, when we first announced this interim a deal, Prime Minister Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true.

Meanwhile MSM pushes Netanyahu’s visit.

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26 Responses to Video | President Obama Says Netanyahu’s Speech on Iran is a Mistake

  1. Ametia says:


    Fuck this “unbreakable bond” with Israel, Mr. President.

    FUCK IT!

  2. Institutional racism so thick, hate so deep lawmakers negotiate with a foreign leader behind a sitting US President’s back. Now that’s f’d up!

  3. Ametia says:


    #NetanyahuSpeech: Bibi’s Desperation Provides Window to Obama’s Powerful Global Leadership

    Spandan Chakrabarti | March 3, 2015

    In his speech to Congress, Netanyahu argued strongly against a deal being negotiated with Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions. The speech had a distinct ring of desperation however, and his constant appeal to “world powers” is a window to President Obama’s powerful global leadership

  4. Ametia says:

    Don’t let the Clinton, Snowden shining object distract from Netanyahu’s debacle visit and speech. it’s nonsense, a political ploy to curry favor with citizens of Israel for his upcoming bid for re-election.

    His speech and outcry about Iran is the same drivel he’s been spewing for decades, only now the GOP, BOEHNER gave him access to Congress and the media cameras for Israelites to see.

  5. Nancy Pelosi: “I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech”… saddened by the insult to the intelligence” of the U.S.

    • Ametia says:

      Wonder if we can get a video of her saying this.

      Because the MSM is not going to air this on a continuous loop as they do Bibi’s foolishness!

  6. Ametia says:

    Time and again, PBO and his aides say that the US/Israel bond is unbreakable, strong. We are strong allies. Umm, if we’re such strong ALLIES, why is Netanyahu undermining the POTUS’ authority?

  7. The nerve of Netanyahu to accuse some one of having an appetite for aggression. He blows up schools and kills little babies in #Gaza.

    Memory of Palestinians killed in Gaza43

    Memory of Palestinians killed in Gaza44

  8. Netanyahu klan rally–>The suit and tie has replaced the white pointed hood with eye holes in them.

    • Ametia says:

      John Boehner & Co. need their asses whooped for this foolishness.

      CONSEQUENCES for their ACTIONS so far? Media coverage and sympathy for Boehner

  9. Netanyahu holding a klan rally in the Congressional chamber to undermine the black President. It’s shameful & disgusting!

  10. Jake Tapper said Potus was specifically trying to undermine Netanyahu’s credibility saying he made all sorts of claims in 2013. WHAT FUCKING GALL! So Jake Tapper doesn’t see Netanyahu trying to undermine President Obama by breaking protocol to come here?

  11. Jake Tapper asked Thomas Donilon if PBO beared some responsibility to how ugly this has gotten with Netanyahu? Let that swirl around in your head for a bit.

  12. Netanyahu says it’s his duty to warn Congress. Does he know we have a President? Is President Obama invisible? Go home, Netanyahu!

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