Ahmadinejad + Columbia University = Awkwaaaard

 Not the kind of introduction you'd want at a speaking engagement. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got the worst into ever from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger:

"Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

He went on to attack Ahmadinejad's moronic views on the holocaust, saying that they only appeal to the illiterate and ignorant. He added:

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous. The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”

And this is during his introduction. I mean, I respect Bollinger for taking a stand against a dangerous, bigoted and homophobic theocrat. But you've got to wonder why he would agree to intro Ahmadinejad if he hated the guy so much. Really sets the tone for a great speech.

Oh well. I guess he had a chance to speak his mind, and took it. It would've been awesome/awkward/awesome again to watch Ahmadinejad talk his way out of that lead-in. Ouch.

As it turned out, Ahmadinejad took a bad start and made it worse. During his speech, he claimed that gay people 'don't exist' inside of Iran. Never mind the 4,000 or so gay men and women executed by the Ayatollahs since 1979.

So, right on, Bollinger. Way to make the idiot squirm.

UPDATE [25/09/07]: Al Jazeera provides a fairly balanced summary of Ahmadinejad's US visit so far.