There are lots of things to dislike about Barack Obama's temper tantrum of a press conference today: that he called his most fervent supporters, the ones to whom he sold a bill of goods two years ago, the ones who actually believed him, "sanctimonious." Just exactly who is being sanctimonious here?
Then there's the boorishness of comparing his political opponents, who are probably actually right in this case, to "hostage takers". (Note the left jargon MLA-speak: the plain English term is "kidnappers".)
But what does his statement say to those who are, you know, actually inclined to take hostages? Official American policy has been, forever, and Jimmy Carter followed it, that we don't negotiate with terrorists, kidnappers, or extortionists.
Now we do? If this is how Obama reacts to the threat of a filibuster, how will he behave when someone invades an embassy? I think he'd be constrained to behave in a Presidential fashion by politics, but the Iranians and Al Qaeda don't know that. And while it isn't Al Qaeda's style to make demands for the safe return of hostages, as opposed to killing them outright, they're nothing if not adaptable.
What a little man this President is turning out to be.