So how did Iran respond to U.S. President Barack Obama's midnight overture?
Predictably, by kicking him in the teeth.
Speaking before an audience of thousands in Mashhad, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Saturday that "changes in words" wouldn't be enough to recast the relationship.
So far, Khamenei sees more of the same. "We do not have any record of the new U.S. president," he told the crowd. "We are observing, watching and judging. If you change, we will also change our behavior. If you do not change, we will be the same nation as 30 years ago."
The Associated Press, however, sees a potential opening in this remark by Khamenei: ''Should you change, our behavior will change too.''
It remains to be seen just how much change from the U.S. side would be sufficient. Khamenei's advice? "Avoid an arrogant tone, avoid arrogant behavior, avoid bullying behavior, do not interfere in nations' affairs, be contented with your own share, do not define interests extra-territorially all over the world."