Gibbs Previews News Conference
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, invoking the President Obama's campaign slogan, told NBC's Matt Lauer this morning, "We've seen the beginnings of change in Iran."
Gibbs was on the show in advance of a White House news conference scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today, the president's fourth domestic one since taking office, where the topics of Iran and the economy are likely to dominate.
"I think the world is watching." Gibbs said of the protesters who have captured international attention taking to the streets to protest the results of the contested presidential election in Iran. "I think they have accomplished something. They've drawn attention to what's going on in Iran and we've all been struck by the images of demonstrators coming out to exercise their rights and the very powerful images of women in Iran coming out to have their voices heard. I absolutely think we've seen the beginnings of change in Iran," he said.
While signaling support for the protesters, Gibbs remained otherwise circumspect and declined to endorse a general strike in Iran, now under discussion in Iranian opposition circles, according to reports. "We're not going to get involved in endorsing or not endorsing specific actions inside of Iran. This is for Iranians to debate," he said.
Posted at 11:45 AM ET on Jun 23, 2009
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