On Friday, President Obama spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of Iran, marking the first direct communication between the presidents of America and Iran in more than thirty-four years. And something like that comes with baggage.
Good god, man... Come on, get it together...
(under his breath) Stupid, stupid.
(picking up) ...Hello?
....Hi. I-... (laughs) It's me....
How are you?
Uh... Fine. Fine. How are you.
Good. Pretty good. I just, uh, just got back from the gym actually. I, uh... Yeah, I'm fine. How are... you? Oh, already asked that, whoops.
Yeah. You did.
Ha. Sooo. What have you been up to?
Ummm I... I don't know, got kind of a mess on my hands with the country here, just trying to sort of get the lay of the land and figure out what I can-
Look, I think we should talk diplomatic solutions.
No, no, let me finish, it's been a healthy amount of time, and-
No. Forget it. I shouldn't have picked up. This is not fair. You can't just change the terms whenever you feel like it.
Look, I don't like these terms, OK? That wasn't me, that was years ago. Another president, another time.
Well, it was good enough to last you all thirty-four years, wasn't it? And, and, and what, I'm just supposed to wait? In case you call?
No, I mean clearly you've been doing well, I'm not suggesting-
Oh, we have? We've been doing well? Because I guess I didn't know that.
I'm sorry, I don't mean to-
But I'm pretty sure you do though, that's the thing. This is how you do things. You just decide, and I guess that's the way it is.
Look. I don't want to fight with you.
And I do?
I think we can work this through.
Look - there will be important obstacles in moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, but I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution.
WHY are you TALKING like that?!
I'm just, I'm flustered, OK?!
...This is about the nuclear thing, isn't it.
I-... Not entirely, no, I wanted to catch up-
Oh my God, see, I KNEW this would happen. I KNEW you would see that, and you would get all riled up and threatened and-
I am not threatened. I am not threatened at all.
And now you want to talk. No, of course you would call me now. Of course you would.
Listen to me. Please. There has been... something happening between us. Right? For a long time now. Don't deny it. Sure, we haven't talked. Sure, you've been busy, we've been busy. A lot's happened. We are... totally different countries than we once were. But I'd be lying if i said I didn't feel this... incredible, unspeakable tension. With you. All the time.
...Would you disagree?
I... So yes, I heard about the nuclear thing, and sure, I can admit it, I- uh, it got my attention.
I just thought we could maybe talk about it.
Well now we've talked about it, I guess you got what you wanted, so-
No. I want this. More of it. Again. And again. All the time.
You hurt us, you know. Really bad.
And you hurt us.
But... Ugh... It's nice to hear your voice.
...Yours as well. So nice.
(under his breath) Goddamn it... (sighs)... I... My friends aren't going to like this.
Oh, believe me, neither will mine.
That is... definitely true.
Sooo can I... call you tomorrow?
Well... tomorrow I have all these meetings about (sighs) domestic human rights violations, but I might have some time in the afternoon if-
Or later this week. Whenever.
I'll text you.
Well... Bye, I guess.
Don't you mean "Khodahafez"?
...Wow. Yes. (laughs) Khodahafez.
(laughs) Bye, Hassan.