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.
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.
A senior administration official tells ABC News: "this is a political year in which the Russians just had an election, we're about to have a presidential and congressional elections - this is not the kind of year in which we're going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this. So there's an advantage to pulling back and letting the technical experts work on this as the president has been saying."
The Blaze: This isn’t the first time Obama has been caught on a hot mic. In November he was overheard blasting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to French President Sarkozy. Additionally, Vice President Joe Biden was heard telling Obama the health care bill was a “big fu**ing deal” after that legislation passed. (This would lead to think that either they do it on purpose? Or they really aren’t as bright as they would like us to think… so there is hope, if we have the guts to stand up!
Fox News has the official statement from the White House:
Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, said the U.S. is “committed” to implementing the missile defense system, “which we’ve repeatedly said is not aimed at Russia.”
“However, given the longstanding difference between the U.S. and Russia on this issue, it will take time and technical work before we can try to reach an agreement,” he said in a statement.
“Since 2012 is an election year in both countries, with an election and leadership transition in Russia and an election in the United States, it is clearly not a year in which we are going to achieve a breakthrough. Therefore, President Obama and President Medvedev agreed that it was best to instruct our technical experts to do the work of better understanding our respective positions, providing space for continued discussions on missile defense cooperation going forward.”
As Newt Gingrich (who is not my first choice for the GOP nominee) has said: “Obama is the most dangerous president in modern American history” and was highlighted in Obamaville… Santorum’s New Ad. Obama’s new term, if re-elected, will begin with the flick of a switch to engage the alternate infrastructure that he and the elites that he dances for have been putting into place (for the past 100 years) but especially during the past 3 years since Obama has been in office. It is what Glenn Beck, Alex Jones and others paying attention have been warning about. The parallels of the plan can be seen in Hitler’s rise to power in Germany… where he was voted in and then through executive orders and laws put into place he built his power, a legal verification for takeover and switch of political systems and an infrastructure to support it, which has been written about over and over since 2008, but the American people, who no longer learn history or follow their common sense, have generally ignored or poopooed. New book: Hitler, God, and the Bible