First Day of Visit: Obama Teases Bibi over Red Lines
The banter between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, after Obama stepped off of Air Force One Wednesday, was about red lines. Specifically, when Obama was unsure of where to walk, Netanyahu told him to follow the red lines that were painted on the tarmac
In an off-the-cuff response, Obama joked about Netanyahu's tendency to paint red lines – a reference to his famous U.N. speech about the Iranian bomb – and Netanyahu also answered jokingly that the red lines on the tarmac were in fact part of an Israeli plot that was meticulously planned in advance.
Reporters noted that when Obama took off his jacket to walk down the tarmac in his shirtsleeves, Netanyahu quickly took of his jacket as well. Obama traded some banter with the new Treasury Minister, Yair Lapid, and needled him about having left a much better job as television anchorman for the challenge of being in charge of the economy.
Judging by body language and small talk, then, Obama appears to be relatively in charge and confident. Why he chose to make the trip to Israel is not completely clear to most analysts.