(NY POST) -- So much for handshake diplomacy.
President Obama’s bid to mellow 30 years of hatred and hostility blew up in his face at the United Nations when Iran’s new leader, Hassan Rouhani, snubbed him three times — and wouldn’t even meet him for a much-anticipated grip and grin.
The salvo of diplomatic insults began when Rouhani failed to join Iranian delegates at the General Assembly to hear Obama make an extended overture to Iran in his annual address.
Instead, Rouhani gleefully tweeted that he was “in a meeting with International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde.”
Then, when Obama hosted a luncheon of world leaders — during which insiders had hinted there might be a historic handshake — the president was left empty-handed after Rouhani, a supposed moderate, didn’t show.
He didn’t even respond to an RSVP, officials said. Read more via the NY Post...