Following his State of the Union address last night, Mr. Obama will travel today to Boise, Idaho, for his first trip to Idaho as president. He will address what is expected to be a standing-room-only crowd at Boise State University’s Sports Complex at 2:45 p.m. Prior to his address, Mr. Obama will tour the University College of Engineering’s New Product Development laboratory, and is scheduled to spend an hour with the students. The students will show Mr. Obama some of the prototypes they have been working on. The University describes the laboratory as having helped “hundreds of Idaho inventors and entrepreneurs turn ideas into commercial products.” At the University, Mr. Obama presumably will highlight the innovative educational and entrepreneurial opportunities that he wishes to create for poor and middle-class Americans through nationwide tuition-free community colleges.
Boise is also the home town of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran for his Christian faith. Over the years, Pastor Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, has pleaded with President Obama to meet with her. However, he has not even replied to her requests. Following the White House announcement that Mr. Obama would be visiting Boise, Mrs. Abedini wrote the following to Mr. Obama in pertinent part:
My heart leapt with hope when I heard that you would be visiting my hometown of Boise, Idaho. Since the Iranian government took my husband, Saeed Abedini, almost 3 years ago, I have been praying and wanting to meet with you. With each of my travels to Washington D.C., I hoped that I would get a call, or an invitation to see you and to speak with you. To have you look into my eyes and see the piercing pain that has been there since my husband’s imprisonment; to see my kids and to know that they have missed the warm embrace of their dad for nearly three years. . . . Serving as President of the United States, you have pledged to protect America – to protect our citizens. My husband loves this country. So much so, he became a U.S. citizen on March 11, 2010. The following day he shared on Facebook these words: “Today is the first day I opened my eyes as an American. . . . I need to be an active citizen for my new country. Lord help me to do your will in my country America. Lord Bless America.” You speak about the need to protect religious freedom and human rights. Saeed is imprisoned merely because of his Christian faith. My husband has committed no crime – he chose to exercise his God-given right to choose his own faith. . . . Mr. President, my children and I respectfully request, as you come to our home town of Boise, Idaho, that you take a moment of your time to meet with us.
The Obama administration continues to release approximately $750 million in funds to Iran monthly as the United States, Europe, and Iran “negotiate” a nuclear weapons agreement. According to recently published U.S. Treasury reports, the United States and Europe have already released to the Islamic mullahs during these negotiations $7 billion through November 24, 2014, with an additional $4.9 billion forthcoming during the period November 25, 2014, to June 30, 2015. (I bet you didn’t hear that on Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, or Katie Couric’s “news” programs.) Further, as we are releasing funds to the Iranians, media reports indicate that Iran and Hezbollah plan forthcoming attacks on Israel. It would be good for Mr. Obama to meet with Mrs. Abedini and her two children. Sadly, I don’t think that this will happen. I guess that, as Mr. Obama stated last night, while some “pages” in our nation have turned, others will not be. But after having suffered years of fear and uncertainty, Mrs. Abedini and her children deserve to be heard by Mr. Obama. Please continue to pray for Pastor Abedini’s release from prison, for his wife, Naghmeh, and for their two beautiful children, and also please pray for the long-suffering people of Iran who live under the dictatorship of the mullahs that they will come to the Lord Jesus Christ.