April 21st, 2009
06:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama condemns Iranian leader's comments about Israel

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama said Tuesday that Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent characterization of the Israeli government as "racist" was part of a disappointing pattern that threatens to undermine the prospect of warmer relations between Washington and Tehran.

"Sadly, [that kind of] rhetoric is not new," Obama said during a White House meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah.

"This is the kind of rhetoric that we've come to expect from President Ahmadinejad. ... Many of the statements that [he has] made, particularly those directed at Israel, [are] appalling and objectionable."

Obama said that Ahmadinejad's remarks were harmful "not just with respect to the possibility of U.S.-Iranian relations, but [to] Iran's position in the world."

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  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Give Ahmadinejad some kool aid and they can both sing Kumbaya together!

    April 21, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |