Remember when there was some question about whether these two would be seen together?
Today there were jokes, declarations of commitment, first names and nicknames. They moved a missile defense shield to the airport and put it at the end of a long red line on the tarmac so Obama could see what U.S. aid pays for.
A presidential limo broke down. But it was okay; they had some spares.
“I think that people should get to know President Obama the way I’ve gotten to know him,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was asked why Israelis haven’t warmed to this president like they did to the last two.
Obama kept calling him Bibi in a friendly way. Bibi said Obama was the most supportive U.S. president of Israel’s right to protect itself. period.
“I appreciate the fact that the president has reaffirmed, more than any other president, Israel’s right and duty to defend itself, by itself, against any threat,” said Netanyahu.
Earlier Netanyahu said, “I’m absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. I appreciate that.”
They saved the sticky subject of Palestine for tomorrow, when they make some time for Mahmoud Abbas.
Today they mutually pledged to keep nukes out of the hands of Iran.
Obama said the international community has to deal with Syria, “because I think it’s a world problem, not simply a United States problem or an Israel problem or a Turkish problem.”
He said the U.S. would investigate claims that chemical weapons were used, but, “I am deeply skeptical of any claim that in fact it was the opposition that used chemical weapons.”
The wrap from Jon Karl and Mary Bruce – http://abcn.ws/ZKBa5D
Peres – US Would Have to Lead Strike on Iran – “The one that can decide that and the one who has the capacity to implement it clearly is the United States of America,” Peres tells Politics Confidential about the possibility of a military assault against Iran, continuing on to say that “other options will not fly.” – Israeli president Shimon Peres interviewed by Jonathan Karl – http://yhoo.it/ZvdJOt
Obama’s Open Mic – Great to get away from Congress – More hot mic moments – .http://abcn.ws/15rNSHY (Amy Bingham and Jilian Fama)
Obama’s Limo Breaks Down-A limo shipped from Washington, D.C. to taxi President Obama around Israel failed and had to be towed in Jerusalem. http://abcn.ws/WDPoGh(Ann Compton)
Senate Passes Stopgap Bill to Fund Gov’t- The Senate did its part today to stave off a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution in order to keep the government funded. The continuing resolution, known in Washington shorthand as the CR, is a stopgap appropriations measure. Congress is up against a March 27 deadline this time around to keep the government funded through September, the end of the fiscal year. http://abcn.ws/11gYjxD (Sunlen Miller)
Santa Fe Goes Rogue on Gay Marriage-Same-sex marriage is already legal in New Mexico, if Santa Fe city officials are to be believed. http://abcn.ws/100BSLO (Sarah Parnass)
Mark Sanford Campaign Rising From Disgrace-Mark Sanford could get a head start in his primary runoff. http://abcn.ws/Y6xsY8 (Chris Good)
US Amb. Robert Ford Says ‘No Evidence’ Syria Using Chemical Weapons-U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford testified today that the Obama administration has not uncovered any evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but he warned that if the Assad regime uses or loses any of its stockpile, “there will be consequences.” http://abcn.ws/YoQk1M(John Parkinson)
Obama Picks Indiana to Win NCAA Tournament-President Obama filled out his March Madness bracket Tuesday and picked the Indiana Hoosiers as the team to take it all in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. http://abcn.ws/WV7tSG (Arlette Saenz)
Have the Clintons and Gay Activists Made Up?-For the Clintons, it’s been a big month in gay politics. With the Supreme Court set to take up gay marriage, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered her public support for gay marriage for the first time in a six-minute YouTube video posted by Human Rights Campaign, the most established gay-rights political group in the U.S. http://abcn.ws/147gt9b (Chris Good)