July 15, 2015


WASHINGTON -- With a solitary reporter at his side, President Obama listened to South Carolina's GOP presidential candidate being interviewed by NPR's Robert Segal today. The president did not care for what he heard.

In the interview, Sen. Lindsey Graham lambasted Mr. Obama for capitulating to Iran over the nuclear weapons deal. The senator said that for Obama to be making that agreement was like pouring oil onto flames, noting that the Middle East is already on fire.

This gave Mr. Obama more than enough motivation to let loose, for once, in his news conference today. As noted by Politico's Glenn Thrush, the president left his customary realm of cool;, becoming, instead, Drama Obama. This was most evident when the president called out respected CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett.

Garrett asked, “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, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”

Obama’s eyes flashed anger, and he shot back, “That’s nonsense. And you should know better,” which surprised a gathered White House press corps accustomed to a more veiled variety of Obama disdain.

Back in Charleston, Mr. Graham confided to our associate solitary reporter, Lewis Thompson, that he gave the NPR interview to divert attention from South Carolina law enforcement's failure to prevent Dylann Storm Roof from getting his hands on the weapon he used to murder nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church on June 17.

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