Let’s see what the WSJ hackmatrix just spit out.
A Small President on the World Stage
Peggy Noonan | September 27, 2013
Wait, isn’t this Maureen Dowd’s territory? ‘I miss my vibrator,’ something like that?
“We want American leadership,” said a member of a diplomatic delegation of a major U.S. ally. He said it softly, as if confiding he missed an old friend.
With grace, a nice touch. Now tell us how all your friends laugh behind his back.
He had impressed these men and women once. In the cutaways on C-Span, some delegates in attendance seemed distracted, not alert, not sitting as if they were witnessing something important. One delegate seemed to be scrolling down on a BlackBerry, one rifled through notes. Two officials seated behind the president as he spoke seemed engaged in humorous banter.
Very rich. Now where’s the hunk? There’s always a crush somewhere off-screen. Cue the new guy – a wild-eyed rebel with a shock of dark hair, drivin’ a bitchin’ Axis Of Evil…
While Mr. Rouhani could not meet with the American president, he did make time for journalists, diplomats and businessmen brought together by the Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. Early Thursday evening in a hotel ballroom, Mr. Rouhani spoke about U.S.-Iranian relations.
He appears to be intelligent, smooth, and he said all the right things—”moderation and wisdom” will guide his government, “global challenges require collective responses.” He will likely prove a tough negotiator, perhaps a particularly wily one.
. . his spokesmen had suggested the possibility of a brief meeting or handshake between Messrs. Obama and Rouhani. When that didn’t happen there was a sense the American president had been snubbed. For all the world to see.
Which, if you are an American, is embarrassing.
And there you have it. Today’s Avalon and Funicello matinee, with Peggy Sue Noonan. Aside from that, not that it matters, but in addition, of nothing particularly and really off topic, this just happened:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran took a historic step toward ending more than three decades of estrangement on Friday when President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone and agreed to work on resolving global suspicions that Tehran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.
The 15-minute call capped a week of seismic shifts in the relationship that revolved around Rouhani’s participation in the annual U.N. meeting of world leaders . .
Rouhani and Obama spoke while the Iranian president was in his car and headed to the airport to fly back to Tehran, with Obama at his desk in the Oval Office. Rouhani’s aides initially reached out to arrange the conversation, and the White House placed the call.
And it was McBomby who zipped up first? Kooky, Peggers. No ginchy Persian nookie for you at The Hop tonight.
“I want it to be the case that this trip will be a first step, and a beginning for better and constructive relations with countries of the world as well as a first step for a better relationship between the two great nations of Iran and the United States of America,” Rouhani said at the end of his four-day debut on the world stage to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly.
Iran scholar Gary Sick at Columbia University described the events as “breathtaking” and said the weeks of slow warming led to Friday’s dramatic step.
Then how about the loner, al-Assad? He was the outcast who something something, dark and brooding. She was the fan who blah blah, cloud nine and eighty-sixed. Oh your daddy will be cheesed…