Responding to the situation President Obama was careful not to be seen to be interfering but said that he was "deeply troubled" by the violence he was watching on TV. He also said that he was "inspired" by the Iranian people's belief in democracy and freedom. Describing many of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's views as "odious" he nonetheless said that his administration remained committed to a dialogue with Tehran.
Some American conservatives are furious with this stance. "He has given the impression," editorialises the National Review, "that he wants the dictatorship to stabilize itself so he can get back to the work of appeasing it." The British Foreign Secretary David Miliband backed Obama's careful statement, however. He counselled that intervention on behalf of the protestors could be counter-productive:
If Ahmadinejad holds on to his country's presidency it could make life difficult for Obama. The BBC's Justin Webb describes "the result of the Iranian election [as] the worst possible outcome for President Obama":