For decades, Iranian expatriates in Los Angeles have complained that their government back home is too conservative, too restrictive of its people and too combative with the rest of the world.
Now, a centrist promising more freedoms at home and more dialogue with the West has been elected president.
Some Iranians in Tehran are dancing in the streets. But here in Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Persians outside Iran, the reaction has been muted.
Most of the thousands of Iranians here fled after a revolution that ushered in a rigid Islamic theocracy. In the years since, they’ve been disappointed time and again by the regime back home, so the skepticism...