June 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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Tonight on 360°, new evidence Iran's government is tightening its grip. And, new evidence protesters are changing their tactics. Plus, tough talk from President Obama today on the uprising. We'll have all the angles.

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  1. DLee

    President Obama is doing "all" that he should do, the USA should be the police of the world,

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  2. Milo Zucchi

    How soon we forget! Let's through our Democracy on to Iran like we did in Iraq. It works..you believe that if your George Bush. We are not the democracy police. Let Iran gain their own democracy. We didn't have anyone to jump in when we fought for our civil rights here in the United States. President Obama is doing what he should do. Remember he's Ba "rock"..Not the "rock. Get our country in shape and pray for our neighbor's abroad

    June 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Euna and Laura i hope will get relased soon .I am sad they are still imprissoned for no reason it's not fair.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Abe

    The Guv could kiss his Presidential ambitions goodbye!
    What a weirdo!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. David Mugisha

    Let us not make the violence in Iran be about American politics and about how America reacted. This about freedom for Iranians. They are not even asking for American support.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  6. Carmella

    So what who cares. The S.C. Governor needs time off just like everyone else. It's a stressful job. Also his side kick the Lt. Governor, if he can't lead while the Governor is out he need not be in the position. A whole lot about nothing. I hope he enjoyed himself.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Tommye - Columbus, Ga

    Obama did the right thing, especially when the incumbent Iranian government was looking to blame the United States for interfering in their elections and thus, sovereignty. What I think his critics are forgetting is that America's willingness to meddle in other countries' business is one of the reasons that Bush (and thus America) was so disliked abroad.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  8. Fran

    I think President Obama's tone is just right. I don't see Obama's critics interviewing Mousavi or his supporters to get their input. No news of Mousavi asking Obama to support him. These repubs. just want to stir the pot.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Jason

    President Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing . . . watching, expressing grave concerns, contemplating options. The last President to do "more" started the War in Iraq over misinformation.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Ed

    No. Conservatives want Obama to continue handling the Islamic mess properly.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Mehdi

    I believe, in order to take tough stance against Iran, Neither the US nor any European countries should recognize Ahmadinezads presidency.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Mike Sullivan

    To me President Obama has done enough in concerns of dealing with Iran. The United States Of America has to stop thinking that we are the world police. This country has not gotten along with us for many years. We shouldn’t add more gasoline to the already lit fire of hatred towards Americans. Keep up the good work Obama

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  13. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Pres obama can't get accused of meddling with the Iranains and it will seem intursive and make things worse.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Abe

    The Governor of South Carolina goes missing for a few days?
    this is unacceptable!!!
    He should resign!
    What a nut!
    If he doesnt want to be Governor, RESIGN!
    This sounds crazy!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Kim

    The United States shouldn't leap before looking and so I believe that President Obama and his administration are taking the correct approach by choosing not to get involved in a country's internal political struggles. Think of the reverse. I mean, would Americans want the Iranian government to get involved in our political process? I think not.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  16. mae

    I feel Obama is like a filling inside a sandwish. Iran accuses him of interfering and the Americans accuse him of not interfering enough.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Tannaz

    I am from Iran and I want to confirm that every single step that President Obama is doing is right for Iran. He already gained the trust of Iranian people and he is in their heart and mind. People are listening to what he says and that is all that is important. He has accomplished the most that any living president in the past thirty years has accomplished regarding the turmoil in Iran. God bless him for what he is doing for the United States and Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  18. Minou, New York City

    It really is a "battle for Iran". I think this has transcended the election. It's about venting the frustrations with this great oppression and injustice that Iranians have to endure on a daily basis. The country consists of mainly young people. They are like us who live in free countries. All they want is freedom. This fight must not stop! I hope the news media will continue to cover this event.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  19. Bruce K

    President Obama is very reluctant to appear strong in defending those struggling for democracy as this would go against his principles of all talk and not wanting to take the lead.

    He needs to take charge and layout a plan of action on what is needed to support them. He is NOT taking the lead and is NOT being a LEADER.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  20. Blake Stiles

    Although I believe things should be done in Iran, I can see that Obama wouldn't want to anger the current regime with possible consequences being harder chances of negotiations with Iran or a possible war with this very unpredictable and impulsive regime.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  21. aly soltani

    I Want to say that Iran have had so many different oposition groups for years . Before the shah . And the country been with so much politics from within the people &Europs-u.s- .The trueth is not because they care about Iranian people& democrecy. IS Because the outside polititions dont want Iran to get power in the middle east.So they keep playing with Iran . And they change the iranian government every 20 TO 25 YEARS . So it is time to change the government. they they leting young generation to do the job but it is not going to work this time.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  22. chucky

    I'm appauled that people think we should get involved. We are in two wars and in the very heart od the worst financial crisis since the great depression let some other country tell them what they they!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  23. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Minou I pray you can reach your uncle soon .I hope everything will be ok .

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  24. Jasmine

    Ed McMahon dying..not the best way to wake up on your birthday. 🙁

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Nefertiti

    The U.S. should stay out of the Iran mess. While I sympathize with what's going on there, they need to sort out their situation for themselves. We certainly do not need another "Iraq situation."

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  26. John Downer

    OBAMA and IRAN:
    I really don't see how he can do more than he is doing...he is after all the President of the US and not the world! Revolution...in any form must be allowed to run it's course to be effective and in Iran, we are seeing just that!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Jan

    Obama is right, be like Teddy Roosevelt, "Talk softly and carry a big stick."

    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Marian

    It does not matter what action President Obama takes, there are those that will find fault with it. He is standing tall considering some of the criticism he gets no matter what he does.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  29. martin

    @Megan Dresslar – Shoreline, WA
    last time i heard she wasnt even in a rally, she was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, stuck in a traffic, came out of her car and ... that was it.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  30. Husein

    Islamic mess? This has nothing to do with Islam. The people of Iran are not protesting against religion. They are protesting against oppression. They want freedom like we have in the USA.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Ed McMahon was my favorite sidekick with Johnny Carson, He was really funny man I see..... My heart goes to his wife and family.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Jabbar Fazeli

    President Obama is doing the right thing by supporting rather than driving the apparent revolution in Iran. The hardliners already lable the protesters as playing in the hand of Iran's enemies so for those so called "enemies" to appear to be instigating revolt it would be counter productive and it would hurt the cause.
    Less is more but just don't leave these brave men and women without the moral support and the much needed prayors.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  33. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    The pain and suffering has gone on too long there and Presdient Obama has to get tougher with Iran .I agree that the change has to happen from within too The Iranain government has to enforce tougher regim .

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  34. Annie Kate

    I think Obama's statements so far and his wait and see attitude are right. We can't fight everyone's battles for them; in the past when we have tried we have had problems – remember Vietnam. Women rights are important but the Iranians will have to sort it out; perhaps they will get some help from the UN but for the most part I think they will find they can only depend on themselves in this fight.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  35. Reza-M


    I have 2 things to say:

    1: To my brave people in Iran who are fighting for freedom
    after 30 years I kiss your hand and your feet and i do know you will
    win.I am very Proud.

    2:To president Obama I just want to let you know that you are doing the right thing by not taking action but how long and what is it going to take for you to believe the Islamic Government can work with you.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  36. Glenn

    The needless slaying of Neda should be an inspiration to us all, but the politics of the region belong in Iran and under Iranian control. It is their government and their laws, religion and traditions. They do not like the West and we should honor their beliefs and stay neutral. Their culture will change on its own and does need the US or any other country accelerating the process.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  37. martin

    @Hoyt Benjamin
    IMO i dont think we as americans should be doing any more helping. US has "helped" too many things before with disastrous consequences.
    helping others in despair in other sovereign countries shouldnt be a a matter of a single country it should be a humanity's matter.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Cervantes Imperial Beach CA

    Conservatives,are hoping to get President dragged into another islamic,mess

    June 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Minou, New York City

    @ Starr – thank you and your friends/family so much for your support!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Thank you 360 for addressing the issues of Iranain women you spoke the truth about thier plight from thier own words .

    June 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Jasmine

    Obama really does seem irritated at the news, he wasn't only appalled, saddened and angered, those emotions carried on through out the entire news conference.

    That is what Obama's action in defined by.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Sharon Hastings

    Thank you Amin. I am learning so much from bloggers who are Iranian or who have personal knowledge of the inner workings there. It's a great blog!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Abby Yes Neda was a martyr for the women of Iran to stand up for themselves it 's so sad and tragic.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Thank you team 360 for the interviews with the women at the airport. Your program (&all of CNN) has beengiving the best reports.

    Pres. Obama is right about the Iranian people! The change must come from within. The more the USA tries to do, the more brutal the present regime in Iran will be with the people.

    People are to used to W.'s we will conquer any country to make freedom happen. It just dosen't work that way!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  45. mark pruett

    President Obama is handling this situation as well as could be done, I think

    June 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  46. debra ruiz

    I am an American women who has been to Iran, Iranian women are seeking equality and freedom to have equal rights in their country. Thank you CNN of supporting the Iranian movement.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  47. George

    Neda , should bloom in the Hearts and Sprits of ALL people. The other Brave Ladys and Men are actually an inspiration to Americans. To All people who live on the planet. America is not the Epitome of Freedom , we are only a part in the big world. These People in Iran and around the world help to hold up humanity. All are made mindfull of our sometimes Regretfull past. Our world has been made pretty small and the smaller it gets thru technology the more we see that all people play a part in inspiring others.We are connected Globaly,financialy, and thru business. Now, more so than ever ,and it is increasing, our need to enter, the international comunity as respectfully, as we can to all coultures.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  48. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Ed McMahon another true legend gone the stars are dimmed tonight he will be missed.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @ Erica.....
    I agree with you, Neda was very brave to stand up for rally in the street, She was really so special lady, god bless her heart and sad indeed.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Jabbar Fazeli

    Its unbelievable how brave these people are. our hats are off to them. Women came a full circle in Iran. During the shah the hejab was discouraged then the ayatollahs made the hejab dress code mandatory. Hopefuly once this regime is gone women will be free not wear the hejab but also have the freedom to do so, is they so chose.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
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