The president strikes a defiant tone when reporters ask about Iran's nefarious behavior outside the scope of the deal on nuclear weapons production.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I'm always hopeful behavior can change for the sake of the Iranian people and people in the region...
But I'm not banking on that to say that this deal is the right thing to do.
It is incumbent on the critics of this deal to explain how an American president is in a worse position 12, 13, 14, 15 years from now, if in fact at that point Iran says, we're going to pull out of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, kick out inspectors, and go for a nuclear bomb.
If that happens, that president will be in a better position than would happen if Iran, as a consequence of Congress rejecting this deal, decides that's it, we're done negotiating. We're going after a bomb right now. The choices would be tougher today than they would be for that president 15 years from now. And I have not yet heard logic that refutes that. All right?
I really have to go now. I think we've hit the big themes. But I promise you I will -- I will address this again. All right? I suspect this is not the last that we've heard of this debate.