When You Tell a Commie – ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’ – What Does It Mean?

President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’
This is so open to so many interpretations, it’s scary. Given BO’s Military feelings, and announcement of wanting to cut missile defense, it is open to not so good interpretations.

By Jake Tapper
Mar 26, 2012 6:17am

SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”

The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.

The exchange:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

When asked to explain what President Obama meant, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told ABC News that there is room for the U.S. and Russia to reach an accommodation, but “there is a lot of rhetoric around this issue — there always is — in both countries.



  1. Well, I hope it means that he’ll have more flexibility to kick his shoes off, put his feet up, and start working on his presidential memoirs. :)

    But, naturally, what the President really meant was that his decisions won’t be subject to the will of those bitter clingers to God and guns voters anymore.

  2. Obama’s Hint To Medvedev Rattles Poland

    Obama’s Republican rivals aren’t the only ones alarmed by his hot mic suggestion that missile defense — implicitly, defending Eastern Europe from Russia — could be softened after his re-election. The headline in the largest Polish tabloid, Fakt: “Were they trading Poland? Puzzling Obama talk with Medvedev about the missile shield.”



  3. The Context:

    Beck said he found it “astonishing” the media has not spent more than two days reporting on Obama’s hot mic debacle, considering the contents reveal the president’s intentions.

    Snubbing allies:

    Obama’s comments to Medvedev may make more sense, however, if provided with background and taken in its proper context. A stunning move revealed by Wikileaks last month provides greater insight into the president’s possible motivations.

    The leak uncovered that the Obama administration subverted the special relationship shared with Britain when it “secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty.”

    In what Telegraph analyst Nile Gardiner hailed “an astonishing betrayal of America’s closest friend and ally,” serious implications between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Obama could soon arise from the revelation, despite the two’s affable-looking public appearances.

    But, Beck reminded, it would not be the first time the president has unabashedly embraced Russia or snubbed America’s allies.

    Recall that upon Putin’s election, Obama was among the first to bestow a congratulatory call on the incoming president, despite the fact that Russians were rioting in the streets over what they insist was a “rigged” election.

    “I’ve been predicting this for as long as I can remember,” Beck said.

    After all, Putin’s “been elected…50 times now?”

    Knowing that Putin would retake to power, “by force if necessary,“ Beck said ”extremists” are now poised to take hold in Europe and Russia.

    He also noted that once this occurs, it is those very countries corrupted by extremists the U.S. will align itself with, because the president “managed to walk all over every ally” she has traditionally held.


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