Update (8/6/2009):Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Fifty-Five). End of Update:
Gibbs walks back the statement he made yesterday very slightly where he called Ahmadinejad the elected leader which the Iranian state media put to uses very quickly (http://presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=102558). Today, the message was a bit different; "On Air Force One today, Gibbs told reporters that he wanted to "correct a little bit of what I said yesterday. I denoted that Mr. Ahmadinejad was the elected leader of Iran. I would say it's not for me to pass judgment on. He's been inaugurated, that's a fact. Whether any election was fair, obviously the Iranian people still have questions about that and we'll let them decide that. But I would simply say he's been inaugurated and we know that is simply a fact.:
Asked if the White House recognizes Ahmadinehad as the leader, elected fairly or not, Gibbs said it's not "for us to denote his legitimacy, except to acknowledge the fact."
Does the White House think the election was fair?
"That's not for us to pass judgment on," Gibbs said. "I think that's for the Iranian people to decide, and obviously there are many that still have a lot of questions."" (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/whoops-gibbs-retracts-calling-ahmadinejad-the-elected-leader-of-iran.html).
Despite Gibbs' initial comments and mild pull-back, Ahmadinejad still took his inauguration as an opportunity to attack the west again (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/5978191/Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-lambasts-Western-snub-as-violence-returns-to-Iran.html).
The three captured Americans being held in Iran may be charges with spying (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090805/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_detained_americans).
The NY Times describes the inauguration at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/world/middleeast/06iran.html.