Today in London President Obama had a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. One of the major lines of questioning from the British press involved the appropriateness of the American president getting involved in the campaign surrounding the upcoming vote to decide whether Great Britain remains in the European Union. The reasons Obama traveled to London was to support the British premier’s position that the country should remain in the European collective. No one however, asked about the Obama hypocrisy of getting involved with the British EU vote while ripping Netanyahu’s address to congress.
During his opening remarks the president contended that his involvement was totally appropriate:
Let me be clear, ultimately this is something the British voters have to decide for themselves, Part of our special relationship, being friends is to be honest, to let you know what I think.
Later he was asked “do you have any sympathy with those who say this is none of your business?”
Let me repeat this is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make. I am not here to fix any votes. I am not casting a vote myself. I am offering my opinion and in democracies everybody should want more information, not less, people shouldn’t be afraid to hear an argument being made. That is not a threat.
Funny though, that is not how Obama reacted when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to speak to congress about the P5+1 Iran deal.