From Judd Legum via Twitter:
Old media upset that @nicopitney — who has been working around the clock on the Iranian uprising — was called on. Cry me a river. 11 minutes ago from web
And the founder of the “Great Orange Satan” weighs in, too:
No one could’ve predicted that Nico Pitney would ask a question about the only thing he’s written about in weeks! 21 minutes ago from TweetDeck
…President Obama: …Since we’re on Iran, uh, I know, uh, Nico Pitney is here from, uh, Huffington Post.
Nico Pitney, Huffington Post: Thank you Mr. President.
President Obama: Nico, I know that, uh, you and all across the Internet, we’ve been seeing a lot of reports coming directly out of Iran. Uh, I know that, uh, there may actually be questions from, uh, people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Uh, what, do you have a question?
Nico Pitney: Yeah, I did, I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian. We solicited questions last night from people who are still courageous enough to be communicating on line and one of them wanted to ask you this:
Uh, under which conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadenijad and if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there isn’t that, uh, a betrayal of the, of what the demonstrators there are working towards?
President Obama: Well look, we didn’t have international observers on the ground. Uh, we can’t say definitively what exactly happened at polling places, uh, throughout the country. Uh, what we know is that a sizable percentage of the Iranian people themselves, spanning Iranian society, consider this election illegitimate. Uh, it’s not an isolated, uh, instance, uh, little grumbling here or there. Uh, there is significant questions about, uh, the legitimacy of the election. Uh, and so ultimately the most important thing for the Iranian government to consider is legitimacy in the eyes of its own people. Uh, not in the eyes of the United States. And that’s why I’ve been very clear, ultimately this is up to the Iranian people, to decide who their leadership is gonna be and the structure of their government. What we can do is to say unequivocally that they’re sets of international norms and principles about violence, about, uh, dealing with the peaceful dissent. Uh, that, uh, that spans cultures, spans borders, uh, and what we’ve been seeing, uh, over the Internet and what we’ve been seeing in news reports violates those norms and violates those principles. Uh, I think it is not too late for the Iranian government to recognize that, uh, that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy and prosperity for the Iranian people. We hope they take it…
Update – from Peter Daou via Twitter: