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.”If the Republicans have anything to say about it, President Obama will have more flexibility after January 20, 2013 than he knows what to do with.
The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.
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.
Monday, March 26, 2012
From ABC News: This exchange between Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and President Obama caught by a hot mic this weekend in South Korea is likely to end up on a campaign T-shirt like Joe Biden's Obamacare hot-mic comment from two years ago, but this time for the Republicans and not the President: