Bam Blasts War Words

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(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

In first press conference of the year with White House reporters Tuesday, President tackles his critics on Iran, suggesting they are willing to “play politics” with foreign policy.

POTUS: “Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities. They are not commander-in-chief…. When I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs war…. If they want to launch a war, they should say so. Everything else is just talk.”

Adds unilateral action against Syria would be a mistake.

President opens press conference by announcing new measures to help military families impacted by the housing crisis.

Obama: “I am not one of those people who think we should sit by until the housing market hits rock bottom.”

On Iran, says U.S. will “not countenance Iran getting a nuclear weapon” and/but insists there is “a window” for diplomacy.

Asked by Fox News’ Ed Henry about GOP assertion he wants higher gas prices, POTUS replies: “Do you think a president of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices higher?”

On Limbaugh/Fluke controversy: “I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology.”

On immigration: “Every American should want immigration reform. We’ve got a system that’s broken.”

Asked about Super Tuesday and if he has anything to say to Romney, Obama: “Good luck tonight.”

Related Topics: Barack Obama, 2012 Elections, News, The Page, White House

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