Wow. Remember, this guy - the most moderate President Iran has ever had, who won two terms in office - was the guy ol' Dubya called out when he uttered the words 'Axis of Evil.' The Beard wasn't elected until after that particular speech.
I think it is a shame that he is facing such a cold reception, and it speaks volumes of the affect of bellicose discourse in this country, and the misunderstanding of history I was speaking of earlier. I especially think so since his message is one of dialouge and reasonability over saber rattling (and has been for some time). I remember reading plenty in the late 90's regarding Iran's thawing attitudes towards the West, all coinciding with this guy's Presidency. He had many reforms blocked by the Mullahs during his time in office and rolled back by the Beard in the last few years.
Was he a saint, leading Iran to a perfect diplomatic place with the West? No. But you don't have to look very far to see the striking comparison between Khatami and 'the Beard.'
Who would you feel safer with, leading Iran?