Why Obama's open mic slip could seriously hurt his reelection hopes
By Karl Rove
Published March 27, 2012 | FoxNews.com
President Obama: âOn all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but itâs important for him to give me space.â
President Medvedev: âYeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for youâŚâ
President Obama: âThis is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.â
President Medvedev: âI understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.â
Captured by open microphones, President Barack Obamaâs private conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday in Seoul could have a big negative impact on Mr. Obamaâs re-election.
By telling Mr. Medvedev and his patron, the once-and-future Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he will have âflexibilityâ 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 wonât.
Mr. Obama has shown Russian leaders, and now the entire world, weakness.
Heâs willing to bend to the demands of Americaâs international rivals as long as his appeasement becomes public only after heâs safely back in the White House for a second term. But he is apparently unwilling to share with the American people his âflexibilityâ with the Russians, perhaps concerned about the criticism such concessions to Moscow might draw from Americaâs European allies.
Just as Senator John Kerryâs explanation in 2004 that âI actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against itâ exposed the Massachusetts Senator as a pandering flip-flopper, so may Mr. Obamaâs private-turned-public remarks confirm doubts that heâs 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. Obamaâs 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 heâs reelected?