Speaking at the American University in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, President Obama insisted that those people in Iran who chant "Death to America" are Iranian hardliners, who oppose a nuclear agreement between the US and Iran.
"Just because Iranian hardliners chant 'Death to America' does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe", the President said. "In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting 'Death to America' who have been most opposed to the deal."
But of course, Obama knows full well that the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, is supportive of the nuclear deal, and yet Khamenei is a staunch "Death to America" advocate.
Moreover, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani - a purported moderate and primary architect of the current nuclear agreement between the US and Iran - reportedly told a group of Iranian students in May of 1995 that, "The beautiful cry of 'Death to America' unites our nation."
In May of 2013, during a Presidential campaign speech, Rouhani said: "Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action! Saying it is easy."
It is quite clear that Mr. Rouhani is a "Death to America" aficionado and yet, he is a chief architect of the US/Iran nuclear deal.
Hence, contrary to Obama's disingenuous claim, the chanting of "Death to America" and the nuclear deal compliment each other quite well.