By TOM RAUM
The Associated Press
Tuesday, February 15, 2011; 12:13 PM
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday slammed Iran for its harsh treatment of anti-government protesters and called on governments throughout the Middle East to avoid crackdowns on pro-democracy supporters.
"The world is changing," Obama said in a message he said was for "friend and foe alike" but which seemed directed to remaining autocratic leaders across the region. "You have a young, vibrant generation within the Middle East that is looking for greater opportunity, and that if you are governing these countries, you've got to get out ahead of change, you can't be behind the curve."
Can anyone not guess what I am going to say here? People gather in Egypt and demand that the president step down. Obama says he should do so immediately.
So Barack, old buddy, old pal – every time there is a Tea Party meeting everyone present would like to see you step down, over, out – somewhere. Should you do so ‘immediately’?
“Autocratic leaders” – do they include those who impose unpopular policies on people, sometimes without as much as a vote by the legislature? Need I list examples from Obama here?
There are plenty of people in the United States looking for “greater opportunity” – much greater than we will get with Obama policies in place. Barack, maybe you should take your own advice. Don’t get “behind the curve.” Instead, “get out ahead of change.”
Resign today – preferably in the next five minutes. Make that two minutes.