"The nation's huge river would not leave any opportunity for the expression of dirt and dust," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a rather elliptical reference to the surging protests on the streets of Tehran.
For good measure he followed up with some more earthy language comparing claims of massive election fraud in last week's poll to the passions of supporters of a beaten football team after a match.
He then went on to accuse his opponents of "officially recognising thieves, homosexuals and scumbags" in exchange for their votes.
Homosexuals? But I thought there were none in Iran? As Peter Tatchell put it, looks like the cat is out of the bag now.