And just what does President Obama need “space” for?

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"This thing hates me."

Oh, those wacky open-mic moments.

In South Korea on an official visit, the President was coming out of a meeting with Putin’s Chew-Toy Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for a joint press availability and —once again— didn’t realize that the funny thing with wires might actually be on.

Thus giving us this moment of presidential “D’oh!”:

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.

ABC’s Jake Tapper (1) relayed this White House attempt to pull the presidential foot out of the presidential mouth:

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.”

As far as it goes, I agree with the “senior administration official’s” statement; major initiatives are hard to pull off in an election year, because anything you do is grist for your opponent’s mill, a hammer with which he can beat on you endlessly. It’s a truism of American politics and one reason why presidents don’t often get much accomplished in the final year of their first term.

But the official’s explanation also begs the question: Just what does President Obama need the space for? Just what was he discussing regarding missile defense? He’s already scaled back our promising program severely. What more was he discussing with the Russians that would be too hot for public consumption in an election year?

And why is he even discussing missile defense with Russia? Our program is aimed at one or a few missiles lobbed by rogue states, such as North Korea. Even if funded to the max, our missile defenses would be nowhere near capable of dealing with an arsenal the size of Russia’s. Nor is Russia even a credible threat to launch a first strike; the Cold War ended a long time ago, and Russia is in deep decline as a world power. This seems to be another example of Obama’s obsession with the strategic issues of the 1980s, when he was in college, the halcyon days of the nuclear freeze movement and arms-control agreements.

Oh, and just what does he mean by “all these issues?” What else needs to be put off until after his (God help us) reelection? What other of our interests is he willing to make a deal on?

Or maybe it’s the interests of others? This should make all those former possessions of the Soviet empire feel real secure.

William Jacobson is right: this moment of unintended transparency shows Obama will feel free to do whatever he wants if reelected. Remember, this is the man who wished he could “work his way around Congress.” Unfettered by the need for reelection and with the broad powers the presidency has in foreign affairs, he may well get his wish — to the nation’s detriment.

Let this serve as a reminder that, no matter how unsatisfying the Republican candidates may be, the overriding goal is to defeat Obama in November.

And God bless open mics.

RELATED READING: If you want to understand the “strategic vision” of the liberal internationalists now running our foreign affairs, start with Krauthammer’s “Decline is a Choice.”

LINKS: Ed at Hot Air thinks Obama has promised a total cave-in on missile defense. Pirate’s Cove is “grateful.” Joel Pollak calls it a promise of surrender.

UPDATE: The head of the House Armed Services Committee wants answers.

via Power Line

(1) Genuinely one of the best MSM reporters covering the White House.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

RSS feed for comments on this post.


19 Responses to “And just what does President Obama need “space” for?”


  1. Tex says:

    An American President groveling before the biggest supporter of all the world’s genocidal maniacs and brutal dictators – Russia! I never thought it possible but it appears Obama has surpassed Jimmy Carter as the weakest American President in history. Absolutely disgraceful! It won’t get much media coverage other than on Fox News though. The Obama Propaganda Ministry will make sure all their MSM propaganda outlets kill this story ASAP.

  2. Sefton says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it.
    If Maobama gets a second term, what we thought was horrific in his first term will be nothing compared to the next.

  3. Eric Eikenberry says:

    The cry of “Give me liberty, or give me death.” has given way to the wimper of “Please don’t bug me about these issues until after MY election. Then I’ll give you what you want.”

    Could there also be any further proof that PBO has no intention of doing anything about the Iranians before HIS election either? Unless he finds himself way down in the polls… If that happens, them Iranian nuke scientist better find some very deep holes to hide in when the bombing starts!

    Everything is a political game to this man, and the end goal is remaining in power.

  4. Joseph Brown says:

    Well, there’s lots of space between those big ears.

  5. Chris in N.Va. says:

    The pic of Ozymandias-on-the-Potomac, with head in hand, brings to memory days of the original Star Trek series when my friends and I could approach someone, place a Spock mind-meld outstretched hand on their forehead and solemnly intone:

    Space, the final frontier.

    Waaaay too apropos with our Narcissist-in-Chief (who appears to be self-administering the “greeting”).

  6. redgypsy says:

    Good gravy–what else is this creep going to pull while he thinks no one is listening? :-w

  7. WVinMN says:

    Which is another reason why….ack!…we must vote for whomever is the Republican candidate come this Nov. I took “Tex” and some other commentator on here to task last week regarding Romney and I stand by my opinions. However, even if you believe that Romney is nothing more than an onion candidate lacking any semblance of a soul, he STILL will be a 1st term President. For that reason alone I will vote to rid this nation of President Zero.

  8. GareyNash says:

    OK Obama, we have sent you all of the money, now it is time to pay the Piper. :d

  9. Carlos says:

    Simply another example of “leading from the rear,” and Duh-1 is determined that this once-great nation is sucking hind teat after the rest of the entire world.

    Trying to make up for the sins of all those (white) fathers, would be my guess…

  10. Jay Stevens says:

    “Trying to make up for the sins of all those (white) fathers mothers, would be my guess…”


  11. Mitch says:

    I enjoy all of your comments. This site has a polite character to it that is missing in other discussion forums. It is the first place I come to in the evening. On the subject of Obama, yes, he is an aberration on the timeline of the History of this great nation. But my opinion of Obama is a tad more severe than the one some of you hold, who only consider him to be a political opponent to be defeated in an election. You see, I think he was placed where he is for a reason, by powers we are yet to determine. I think this whole thing is being orchestrated. No, I’m not a conspiracy nut. Far from it. But I can see what’s happening. We have all been witness to it. This man is seriously busy going about the destruction of this nation. He’s not smart enough to do it on his own, so he has to have help. Where he came from is a mystery. All of his personal records were sealed the moment he ran for POTUS. We really know nothing about him. He just showed up one day in Chicago and a couple years later he is President of the United States of America. But Obama isn’t the problem. The Puppeteer(s) pulling his strings are the problem. In three short years, this madman who sleeps in the White House, our White House, has literally turned this country upside down and put us in more debt than we believed possible. lIke I said before, he’s not smart enough to do that on his own. I will cut this short. Didn’t mean to write a book here this evening in a simple blog. Just wanted you to know how I feel. This is a much bigger problem than a Monkey in a Brooke’s Brothers suit.

  12. Michael Teuber says:

    The Audacity of Obama’s Intentions Revealed
    by Sarah Palin

    Someone agrees with you. You beat her to the punch by fifty minutes.


  13. Mitch says:

    God Bless you, Michael Teuber. You get it. If you have daughters, I hope they all turn out exactly like Sarah Palin.

  14. Mitch says:

    i like the comment by Ashley Mays. “If he’s elected once more, we are totally screwed.” Go to bed each night with that thought. Please try to consider the seriousness of this moment in our nation’s history. You may not get another chance.

  15. Drew the Infidel says:

    @WVinMN and Mitch–My sentiments exactly. I have made the point here before I would vote for Jack the Ripper before Obhammud. Whoever the GOP candidate is only has a chance if everyone votes for him. A vote not cast is a vote against. Voting is an enumerated constitutional right; use it or lose it.

  16. Carlos says:

    My contention for a year now is that your “use it or lose it” won’t work this year, Drew, because Duh-1 is going to manufacture such an emergency that he will cancel all remaining constitutional rights (what few are left), including the right to be governed by whom we may choose.

    There seems to be more and more showing up, unprovable, about anecdotal incidents prior to Obama splashing on the scene. Where were these anecdotes four years ago? I suspect some are invented. That is no better than our opposition.

    Does it make sense to let the left do such things while we refrain just to have the higher moral ground? Yes, it does, if you consider that if we are like them it doesn’t make any difference in the long run. Ask Rush about that.

    What we must do to counteract such tactics is to expose the lies, the threats, the hate, the fear-mongering (all without the aid of a media complicit in such activities) however and whenever we can.

    My dear ol’ pappy once told me that 99% of the people are stupid, and 99% of the rest of them act that way. (Yes, he was an intellectual liberal.) I happen to think that most people aren’t stupid, just easily misled because it’s easier to go with the loudest shouts than to think things out.

  17. bill glass says:

    There’s such a chummy familiarity between the Russian Medvedev and Obamao that it sounds like they’re on the same committee, shooting for the same things. Marxist commie brothers – and with Vlad, they’re the three stooges, championing US disarmament. Treason!