Why Obama's open mic slip could seriously hurt his reelection hopes
By Karl Rove
Published March 27, 2012 | FoxNews.com
President Obama: â€śOn all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but itâ€™s important for him to give me space.â€ť
President Medvedev: â€śYeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for youâ€¦â€ť
President Obama: â€śThis is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.â€ť
President Medvedev: â€śI understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.â€ť
Captured by open microphones, President Barack Obamaâ€™s private conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday in Seoul could have a big negative impact on Mr. Obamaâ€™s re-election.
By telling Mr. Medvedev and his patron, the once-and-future Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he will have â€śflexibilityâ€ť after the American election on Russian demands opposing a US missile defense for Europe, Mr. Obama is in effect saying he is ready to do something the Russians will like but that the American people wonâ€™t.
Mr. Obama has shown Russian leaders, and now the entire world, weakness.
Heâ€™s willing to bend to the demands of Americaâ€™s international rivals as long as his appeasement becomes public only after heâ€™s safely back in the White House for a second term. But he is apparently unwilling to share with the American people his â€śflexibilityâ€ť with the Russians, perhaps concerned about the criticism such concessions to Moscow might draw from Americaâ€™s European allies.
Just as Senator John Kerryâ€™s explanation in 2004 that â€śI actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against itâ€ť exposed the Massachusetts Senator as a pandering flip-flopper, so may Mr. Obamaâ€™s private-turned-public remarks confirm doubts that heâ€™s not shooting straight with the American people. It may also contribute to a belief that he holds voters in thinly disguised contempt.
The effects of Mr. Obamaâ€™s remarks in Seoul go beyond foreign affairs. If the president believes it is important to his reelection to conceal from Americans his response to Russians demands to halt development of a missile defense for Europe, voters have every right to ask: What other surprises does he plan to spring on us if heâ€™s reelected?