NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A group of Columbia University students are expected to have dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week in Midtown.

According to the Columbia Spectator, the school’s newspaper, as many as 15 members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association were invited.

CIRCA vice president of academics, Tim Chan, told the paper the Sept. 21 meeting is still tentative and none of the members expressed any reservations about breaking bread with the controversial Iranian leader.

Meanwhile, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, two American hikers jailed for over two years in Iran on espionage charges, could be freed “in a couple of days.”

An Iranian court has set bail at $500,000 for each of the men — the same arrangement that allowed fellow hiker Sara Shourd to go free a year ago.

The hikers all deny the charges and say they may have mistakenly crossed into Iran while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region.

On NBC’s ‘Today’ Show, Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he hopes the release will improve relations with the U.S.

There’s speculation that Iran may have timed the potential release to coincide with Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York later this month for the United Nations General Assembly. Shourd was released last year just as Ahmadinejad made his way over for the annual gathering.

Ahmadinejad’s previous visits for the UN General Assembly have been the source of much controversy and sparked a number of protests.

During last year’s visit, he claimed that the United States was behind the 9/11 attacks.

“Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks to reverse the declining economy and its grips on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime,” Ahmadinejad said.

President Barack Obama responded by saying, “It was offensive. It was hateful and particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their loved, ones was inexcusable.”

In trying to explain his 9/11 theories, Ahmadinejad said his real concern is for the poor American taxpayer, who after the terror attacks has been shelling out billions for the war on terror.

“We are trying to defend the rights of the American people here so their money is not used to kill people in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ahmadinejad said.

Would you invite him over for dinner? What do you make of their invitation? Let Us know know below…

Comments (191)
  1. Chas Stevenson says:

    Mr. Obama, during ’08 campaign said he’d sit with the Iranian leaders.
    After elected, tried to but was rebuffed by them.

    He would not sit with the British Petroleum leaders after their oil spill, saying there was no point because you couldn’t trust them.

    Interesting ranking of enemies.

    1. ejones says:

      BP and their allies (Exxon, Shell, etc) constitute more of a threat, and have caused more damage to America than Iran ever could.

  2. Kevin Barnett says:

    how bout 1000 ppl gather together and storm the place drag em out and rip him apart like day of the dead

    1. Lost Lustrum says:

      How about we take his greasy a$$ and trade him for our citizens.
      It is a failure for our government to allow this person to step on our soil without jailing him.

      1. John Sheridan says:

        May not work, I don;t think the Iatola really wants him back.

    2. muawiyah says:

      Sounds like a plan.

    3. Scott says:

      You’re right, but I sure would love to be at that lunch with those students. He had better not take his eyes off of me.

    4. Flyan Sosser says:

      This is what happens when you have a country that kisses the butts of its minorities. You see, in the United States, government and society are expected to be “sensitive-to-the-needs” of it minorities. In this case, Columbia wants to lead the way here with the enemy. Obama will tell you the United States is not at war with Islam. But, he neglected to tell you that Islam is at war with the United States. So, muslims are the enemy no matter what Obama says. Even if the muslims are wearing head scarves and/or towels and/or are terrorists, Columbia has decided it wants to be “sensitive-to-the-needs” of the muslims simply because they are a minority in the United States. Anything less than total sensitivity from government and society will OFFEND the muslims–just as anything less than total sensitivity for any other minority will OFFEND that minority as well. When minorities become offended, usually all the Jesse Jacksons and Al Shaprtons of the world come out of the woodwork and pronounce an official case of racism to the rest of the world. Columbia has decided that it doesn’t want this on their hands, so, they have sided with the enemy. But, that is not important when you are dealing with minorities.

      1. Very conservative says:

        Ok. Now tell us something that we don’t already know. Future lotto #’s would be nice. 🙂

  3. Rick says:

    Another Islamist fool but let the Jews fend for themselves this time

    1. Lupo says:

      Just like the French let American Patriots fend for themselves at The Battle of Yorktown 1781. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that “fending”!!!

    2. Purple Heart says:

      What do you mean next time. Israel never asked anyone to do their fighting,they do just fine with what they have.

      1. KPMc says:

        Except the part about PAYING for the fighting and its hardware. That bill comes right back to Uncle Sam (and those of us that actually PAY taxes).

        But keep deluding yourself if it helps you sleep at night.

  4. Dennis says:

    It’s Columbia University. I expect that students from that university not only will dine with him but will also pick up the tab at the end of the evening.

    1. mac says:

      They will probably be licking his feet as well…

  5. Tommy says:

    How about a greasy pork sandwich sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?

  6. Yeah Right says:

    Well, well, well, the children not knowth what they do. They break bread with a manic who leads a sovereign government. He sponsors, supports and admires Hamas and Hezbollah. He publicly proclaims that he will not stop until the Israeli people are obliterated and pushed into the sea.

    What kind of student could possibly want to break bread with this a-whole? I’ll tell you what kind. The kind that come to, or are raised in, America to take advantage and exploit our freedoms. They show disdain for our commitment to liberty and freedom. They want to destroy our constitution, and they want to fundamentally transform this great country into a welfare state rooted in failed socialist and communist policy and doctrine. Beware of these students they have supporters in very influential positions and I just heard that they have opened a national office called” The Brotherhood Demanding Change”. Supposedly, they are located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    1. ahmadizneejihad says:

      …all the cool kids are doin’ it.

    2. Jason J says:

      college kids are notoriously ignorant. They know very little about how the world actually works and this is to be expected becasue they just dont have the life experience yet, and they think because their professors say something in class regarding social issues that it means the prof is correct. They put up a huge stink about things they know little about and this crazy SOB from Iran will brainwash them further.

  7. Dee LeBlond says:

    The truth about liberals is that they are hypocrites.

    1. Jake says:

      Yeah, I don’t know any republican hypocrites! ha ha ha ha

      1. Mark says:

        Two wrongs don’t make a right.

  8. LG says:

    This guy is jut a puppet for the Ayatollah, he’s the person who truly rules Iran.

  9. JudithNYC says:

    Thanks Columbia for sullying the degree I was once proud of. Suppose the students will toast to Ahmadenijad’s usual refrain “Death to America” as they break bread with a monster who suppresses the very freedoms these privileged brats enjoy…don’t think the Iranian students sitting in torture chambers will think these Columbia students are very courageous. For shame.

  10. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin ventura sheehan says:

    open ears & open minds . will learn much . Israel-firsters try to censor

  11. Kth Rhodes says:

    It is 1939 and Hitler has just annexed Czechoslovakia. Would a group of Columbia students be pining for an audience with der Fuhrer?

    1. broccoliobama says:

      Yes. There were liberals even before America was turned into a cesspool by liberals.

  12. speedstan says:

    Proof positive that neither a functioning brain nor common sense are required for admission to Columbia these days…

    1. broccoliobama says:

      Maybe we could do a Kent State at Columbia……….

      HA HA HA HA HA ! ! ! ! !

      Liberals stink just like I’m sure Amadinnerjacket does.

    2. Dragon says:

      Maybe we’ll get lucky and see his public beheading this week!

  13. Pamela Algea says:

    Hmmm — didn’t barry soetoro/”barack obama” attend Columbia University?

    Enough said……..

  14. Titainiumman says:

    Columbia,The bastion of communism in america,Imanutjob and the students are a perfect fit.Why don’t they all go back to Iran with him and enjoy the liberties offered by the Irainian government?

  15. czervik says:

    Only in America could a midget who took over the U.S. embassy in Iran and held 52 Americans hostage for a year and a half, threatens to destroy the State of Israel, kills all who oppose him, holds kids hostage for hiking, and is building nuclear weapons to be used offensively be welcomed by college kids and fed lunch…on our soil.

    Only at Columbia. Oh, and Stanford. Probably USC, too. Yeah, you’re right, USFca, too.

    1. Kevin Pearson says:

      You forgot North Carolina A and T. Kahled Sheik Mohammed’s alma mater.

    2. s. sheets says:


  16. Andrew says:

    Obviously these students have found a kindred spirit in Ahmadinejad. Ignorance and hate loves company. I hope they get food poisoning.

  17. DCLaw-1 says:

    Nothing makes a liberal (academic, European, NYT staff writer) than hating jews, or associating with Jew haters.

    1. DCLaw-1 says:

      sorry, meant to say makes a liberal happier than…..

      1. Bert says:

        Your pathetic, simplistic, vitriolic comment speaks for itself. You were in such a rush to share your breathtaking insight that you didn’t even read and edit it before pushing “Enter.” God help the U.S legal system if you are either a lawyer or a student of law.

      2. Lupo says:

        Moronic Liberal! You are part of the problem if a typo is more offensive to you than all of this anti-Semitic left wing NAZI HATE. One thing I can promise you is that Jews (except for the Left Wingers) will not passively be herded off to their destruction. This is the only way that people of your kind; BERT, can tolerate a Jew: as a passive victim being led to the slaughter. Get ready to rumble Jew Hater; we got your number.

  18. Tommy says:

    Feed the bast%rd pork chops – rare – and wrapped in bacon!

  19. Lou Bator says:

    Impressive piece of “journalism”, this report. Bad syntax and incorrect punctuation. I wonder if the “reporter” is a Columbia graduate?

  20. mike says:

    Columbia university and it’s ‘students’ welcome trash like ahmadinijhad, but protest and do not allow American conservative speakers? Really?

  21. Diego Roswell says:

    Ahmadinejad = Charles Manson, keep your kids away from this murderer. Better yet, how can anyone send their kids to that liberal brainwashing toilet when there are thousands of better schools out there.

  22. J.V. says:

    Is there no better reason to leave the potato salad out in the sun a day or so before serving it to these dummies & their guest?

    1. David says:

      At the very least, I hope the waiter spits in his food.

  23. Nick says:

    This is standard Columbia. They’ve also celebrated Hitler in the 1940’s. Hailing him as the most enlightened leader of the World’s most enlightened country. Because Hitler banned guns and is a vegetarian just like the libs in Columbia. Gee, I wonder why they don’t like Jews to have guns? Too much oven meat smell so they turn vegan?

  24. Archy Cary says:

    Maybe the students will take up a ransom collection to get the hikers released. (Young skulls full of mush.)

  25. Jeff says:

    Their parents pay all that money so they can go to college and become STUPID.

    1. Archy Cary says:

      Who? Tthe stupid parents or the stupid students?

  26. Sam says:

    Sure, I would invite him over for dinner. I am uncertain what I would serve him though.

  27. FRANK says:


  28. Andrew says:

    Lenin had a term for people like these; “Useful Idiots”

    1. Kevin Pearson says:

      Or Obama Voters

  29. diver says:

    This guy gives the word ignorant a bad name. He was installed with a bogus election and the University should not elevate him to their level by any asociation with him.

    1. Jake says:

      Thank God we don’t install presidents in this country, huh.

      Obama was the best republican that the elitists in charge had to choose from.

      I have lived in 5 different countries in this world each for 5 + year stints… all great countries, but all abound with idiots and hypocrites. Only one claims to be the greatest though.

      1. PV says:

        Why don’t you return permanently to one of the other four. We won’t miss you or even know you’re gone.

  30. kickk says:

    How many Iranian rials has Ahmadinejad spent in the killing of people within and outside Iranian borders? Doesn’t he care about his own taxpayers? What a hypocrite.

  31. KCEddie says:

    Somebody should go up to his hotel room and take a s h i t on his prayer rug. They can tell him Netanyahu stopped by and left him a gift ! LMAO

    1. diver says:

      I would not be so crude as to take a dump on his prayer rug. I’d leave a dead pig there instead!

  32. RFA says:

    I would love the opportunity to break bread with him and then tell him just what a piece of he truely is.

  33. cat on a hot tin roof says:

    What are they going to serve…sand steaks?

    1. Jeff R. says:

      Camel toes

    2. Purple Heart says:

      Is Jimmy Carter coming?

  34. JakeTaylor says:

    Another way to word the headline:

    “Columbia students to share pleasant meal with oppressive murderer who likes killing gay people”

    1. gsdfgs says:

      Another way to word it Jake is Gay

    2. Biff the buffed says:

      Good point.
      This man presents the liberals with a conundrum,.
      They have chose to support the Anti-American Madman over the “right” to behave gay.

    3. Xaedy says:

      hey. Hitler and Stalin got rid of ’em. Whats wrong with Irans “president-for-life” doing that? Hes just following his…own..ideas…

  35. Iran_fan says:

    Welcome President Ahmadinejad. Try to ignore the State-apparatchiks who are trying to maintain control of this dying Soviet of Amerikan Socialist States.

    1. jay says:

      Because Iran is thriving?

  36. Pola says:

    The problem is these institutions like Columbia, do not see Evil in fortn ot their eyes, they are twisted goodness is evil and evil is goodness.
    They need mental help

  37. macullough says:

    Any world leader is allowed to attend the U.N. That is part of the responsibility of having UN headquarters in NYC.

    1. lensmanct says:

      What a shame that the UN would not move…maybe to Teheran.

  38. Now if only this event were sponsored by Tea Party Express…that would be fun, right?

    1. czervik says:

      That made no sense whatsoever.

  39. Jay says:

    I do hope that these students receive a ‘cordial’ return invite to dine with the Iranian President in Tehran. I think that would serve as fair test of their worldview.

  40. michaelfury says:

    “Admiral Cosgriff’s caution was well founded: within a week, the Pentagon acknowledged that it could not positively identify the Iranian boats as the source of the ominous radio transmission, and press reports suggested that it had instead come from a prankster long known for sending fake messages in the region. Nonetheless, Cosgriff’s demeanor angered Cheney, according to the former senior intelligence official. But a lesson was learned in the incident: The public had supported the idea of retaliation, and was even asking why the U.S. didn’t do more. The former official said that, a few weeks later, a meeting took place in the Vice-President’s office. ‘The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,’ he said.”

  41. Mike D says:

    They really love Ahmadinnerjacket at Columbia don’t they??

  42. Lynne Johnson says:

    The sad part to ME is that our nation even ALLOWS this mentally ill man into our nation to sit DOWN with our youth when he is clearly an enemy of America and would imprison any of these young folks he is eating with if they venture into HIS country! What a preverted nation we live in! Freedom and tolerance? Nope…. insanity and sickness!

  43. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

  44. kitty hogan says:

    They are the new Hanoi Jane Fonda’s of our era…..will they ask about the Americans he holds?

  45. Steve says:

    Maybe him and Ron Paul can have a candle lit dinner.


      Was that necessary? a**hole

      1. Joe says:

        Yes, Ron Paul is a treasonous stooge for Islamic imperialism. Hypocrite white trash

      2. RON PAUL 2012 says:

        Thats very Jewey of you, after all Larry Silverstein gave the order to pull bldg. #7. He should eat with the Iranian dude first, propably they don’t serve Gevelte Fish and Cottage cheese at Columbia though. And outside of creeps like you, there is the rest of amveica who will vote for Ron Paul thet the Zionist Media aacd creepy money greedy people won’t be able to stop.

      3. Brad says:

        Did you just say “very Jewey of you” ? And you’re the person being ‘offended’ but asking ‘was that necessary’. Wow, you have a lot of nerve. You are lucky to not be in the company of my ‘jewey’ family.

      4. JoeSlaps says:

        to “Ron Paul 2012”

        Based on your nazi slander and lies about Silverstein, and your frothing whining about zionist media (which is such BS as virtually NONE of the MSM stands with America and Israel against the jihadis, but I guess even a little is too much for you RP fellators and anal-lingists of terror), “YES, IT WAS NECESSARY.”

        Ron Paul supporters are simply the anarcho-drug-taking wing of the Obama crowd.

        They HATE JOOS, they want open borders, abortion on demand, more gay marriage, more gays in the military, they hate the Judeo-Christian West and the only disagreement they have with Obama is probably his skin and they want THEIR version of National Socialism.

        Ron Paul supporters will tell you, come November 2012, if Paul isn’t the candidate, they are voting Obama, because the one thing they like about Obama is “he stands up to the f*cking Joos”.

    2. Pplrfunny says:

      Can we leave Dr. Paul out of this? It’s bad enough he needs to deal with that zoo of congress…

    3. yep says:

      Way to go Steve…get the Paulistas all spun up.

    4. Rolco says:

      Here Here !

  46. sk says:

    the iranian president is here to enocourage young americacns to be ANTI-AMERICAN! and if you hear what a lot of “liberal” collge students say their views are very unpatritotic, and sympathetic to terrorrist groups. its alittle scary becuase ina few years these collge studensts will be america’s leaders!

    1. Give me a break says:

      and you know what’s good for us Right?

  47. Hazel Burke says:

    They hate America so much they would have served Hitler hasenpfeffer.

  48. TRE says:

    I think we should unlawfully capture A-Jad while he’s in NYC and then demand the proper release of the three hikers in exchange for him. Eye for an eye.

    Problem is, the Supreme Commander would probably give a sigh of relief and not want A-Jad back. (And I’m not implying the Supreme Commander is any kind of good.)

  49. andysamberg says:

    They are really dining with Fred Armisen.

  50. Garth says:

    Who in their right mind would sit down with or more importantly listen to anything that this psycho has to say ?? We have not had any diplomatic relations with Iran, since the late 80’s, so why are we even allowing this sociopath on American soil ?? Nothing in that country will ever change, and if he were to pass, there is another one behind him to take his place. Lets spend more money that we can ill afford for additional security for this bottom feeder,and make travel in NYC even tougher while he is in town. I say video conference with these students if he has to have any contact with them at all. And you might wonder about these students as well….

    1. Alfred Hussein Neuman says:

      These students are “open minded” and probably thrilled to to dine with him. I would wager no one brings up the executions, limited press, intolerance of gays, etc. But suggest having a conservative on campus or a Jewish leader, and the students will protest and refuse dinner.

      1. Dave says:

        To expect liberals to support Jews and not kiss the ass of a dictator/american hater/jew hater is like asking “Ron Paul For President” to wipe his butt by himself.

        This is what the liberal elite are all about. Study their history, watch them closely over the last 10 years and who they support/condemn. They are a disgusting group of psychos who have just as much hate in their hearts as the people they condemn. They are as full of baloney as the extreme right wingers of the 90’s who condemned Clinton but were found to have affairs. They are all garbage.

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