Documented lie #45 Barack Clinton Obama What's change is old again. By Peter Wehner Barack Obama is increasingly embodying the old politics he says he will overturn. The most recent example is his campaigns effort to distance Obama from comments he made last July. When asked if he would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea without precondition during the first year of his administration, Obama famously answered, I would. Its a commitment he repeated throughout the Democratic primary. But now Obamas top advisers like Tom Daschle are saying, I would not say that we would meet unconditionally. Of course, there are conditions that we [would] involve in preparation in getting ready for the diplomacy. . . . Without precondition simply means we wouldnt put obstacles in the way of discussing the differences between us. Thats really what theyre saying, what Barack is saying. And Obama himself insisted that he didnt necessarily have President Ahmadinejad in mind when he said hed meet with the leader of Iran and, anyway, this obsession with Ahmadinejad is an example of us losing track of whats important. This explanation is Clintonian. As Robert Novak helpfully pointed out in his column on Thursday, last September Obama was asked at a press conference whether he still would meet with Ahmadinejad. Obama replied, Yeah . . . I find many of President Ahmadinejads statements odious. . . . But we should never fear to negotiate. And in November, on NBCs Meet the Press, Obama defended a conversation with somebody like Ahmadinejad. Rather than admit he made a mistake, however, Obama now blames us for our obsession with Ahmadinejad. And as is so often the case, any criticism of Obama, on any grounds, is causing us to lose track of whats important. One senses that Obama and his supporters, while happy to pound his opponents, believe criticism of him is indecorous and even illegitimate. Obama WTF: Lie #45 Obama said he'd meet unconditionally with Leader of Iran: now claims he "didn't have Ahmadinejad in mind"