Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Sorry Republicans, Obama never actually met Iranian leader Rouhani

As US Republicans sink to ever more abysmal depths amid the Trump impeachment circus, here is a Republican political tweeting out fake Photoshopped pictures to support their narrative and "prove" their point, namely that everything wrong with the world, and with America, is Barack Obama's fault.
Republican Representative Paul Gosar tweeted out this picture, showing a smiling Obama shaking hands with Iranian leader, Hassan Rouhani. The text reads, "The world is a better place without these guys in power". Except that, as the Washington Post explains, Obama never actually met Rouhani, and actually Rouhani is still in power in Iran...
It turns out that the image was actually produced by a Republican superpac backed by Senator Ron Johnson back in 2015. The real photo was of Obama and then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
And, anyway, as the Twitter feed points out, what actually would have been wrong with Obama meeting with Rouhani, as part of ongoing negotiations around the Iranian nuclear program? It woumd certainly have been better than Trump's policy of effectively declaring war.
And how is it any worse than Trump shaking hands with a certain murderous North Korean dictator?

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