“I strongly condemn your actions!” Obama declares to the Iranian president. The Republicans say, “Go on.”
“Outrageous!” Obama cries out. The Republicans nod, “you’re getting warmer.”
“Now you’re sounding like a real American president.”
No, Mr. Obama is sounding like someone he did not want to sound like.
The Republicans accused Obama of being weak when he refused to get into a shouting match with the Iranians. Now that he has—and in so doing, succumbed to the will of the Republicans—they feel assured that he is weak.
The Republicans know how to get at Obama. Whether he realizes it or not, he is consistently responsive to their negative pressure. The Republicans are a backward-thinking lot. They are determined to pull our president back into the past. The surprise is that our president continues to take the bait.