Thursday, June 18, 2009


New York Times today:

As tens of thousands of Iranian protesters take to the streets in defiance of the government in Tehran, officials in Washington are debating whether President Obama's response to Iran's disputed election has been too muted....

Even while supporting the president's approach, senior members of the administration, including Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, would like to strike a stronger tone in support of the protesters, administration officials said....

Holly Bailey, at Newsweek's Gaggle blog, responds to this:

There's apparently an internal divide at the White House over how tough or not Obama should be... What's interesting to your Gaggler is this is only second or third time we've heard about internal discontent coming from this very buttoned down, very on message, very "all is great" White House. So who leaked this out?

Hmmm ... you think it's possible that a little birdie whispered in Hillary's ear and inspired her or a subordinate to leak this?

Just a completely unsubstantiated hunch. We'll probably have to wait for the Bob Woodward book to find out for sure....

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