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Emulating bin Laden, this week the current President released a video message to the Iranian people. It offered a customized version of the vacuous rhetoric Barry campaigned on:

In his video appeal, Obama said: "This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect."

He said the US wanted Iran to take its "rightful place in the community of nations", but also insisted that Tehran do its part to achieve reconciliation.

"You have that right - but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilisation," he said.

It was his “turn the page” and “write a new chapter” shtick re-purposed into a foreign policy initiative. President Klink attempted to offer Hope and Change to Iran.

Iran’s leadership is not as gullible as 60 million US voters:

Commenting on Obama's videotaped offer of a "new beginning" in relations between the two countries, Khamenei said Iran has yet to see any change in Washington's attitude towards it.

"They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven't seen any change," he said.

Khamenei criticised US behaviour towards Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution, saying that the US was "hated in the world" and should stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs.

Iran sees not change, but more of the same failed policies that put the two nations at odds. The Obama promise of a new era in international relations is unkept. The US is still despised. Charisma doesn’t seem to translate perfectly across cultures, and without the narcotic effect of personal magnetism, people are left to evaluate each other by their actions.

Saying that a change of US words was not enough, Khamenei said:  "We will watch and we will judge ... You change, our behaviour will change."

The Failed Obama Administration reportedly intended this message not for the leadership, but for the Iranian people. I see value in attempting to reach out to those in Iran who prefer to live under a less fanatical regime. But, that’s not what Barry did. He preached to the people who are mostly tightly wrapped into the identity of Iran as a nuclear power.

Either way, a foreign leader attempting to address a nation’s people by unofficial means is meddling. At best. The technique is a proven tool of terrorists, revolutionaries, and enemies at war. Barry is company with Al-Zawahiri and Ho Chi Minh. I do not object to the tactic, but it is self-evidently at odds with President Klink’s tone of open-armed dialog. He offered a friendly message by hostile means.