This is really breaking my heart. President Obama got all upset when asked Wednesday at his press conference by Major Garrett of CBS News why he was “content” to leave U.S. hostages in Iran as part of the nuclear deal.
Major later admitted that he was trying to get under Obama’s skin a bit, which is what a reporter should do in order to elicit an unscripted response. Amazingly, for asking a direct question, even some of Major’s colleagues are apparently calling him disrespectful, like CNN’s Dana Bash.
Here’s the exchange:
GARRETT: As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran — three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration; one, whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation and the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?
OBAMA: The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails — Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better. I’ve met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody is content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out.
Obama is obviously sensitive about the topic, as he should be. Can you really negotiate a “deal” with another country that is holding your citizens hostage? It was certainly another sign of our desperation and perhaps contributed to the lousy deal we got.
That’s why Obama chose to understand “content” as in “happy and satisfied” when obviously Major meant it in the sense of “accepting a situation.”
As in, I, Keith Koffler, am content not to be a professional football player, even though I’m not happy and satisfied about it.