The President’s Hot-Mic Problem
As the saying goes, liberals get mad when you tell the truth and conservatives get mad when you lie. As such, what the President did in South Korea will offend both liberals and conservatives, but for different reasons. Liberals will be offended because the President appeared to reveal his true intent to submit to Russian pressure on missile defense; conservatives will be offended because he’d never say such a thing to the American public.
So yes, he got caught. Again.
While the President visits South Korea to… look presidential, he fumbles the moment at the end of a staged appearance with Russian lame duck and Putin stand-in Dmitri Medvedev. Just what happened? It was one of those hot-mic moments that politicos dread:
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.
Does the exchange require much reading between the lines? Kinda like… hmmm, what’s the right description? A missile-defense
accommodation giveaway reconciliation appeasement?
How are you going to explain your way out of this, Barry? And isn’t the Senate supposed to be involved as well?