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Obama’s Open Mic Night…Oops!

Obama’s Open Mic Night…Oops!

Have you ever wondered how much of a politician’s actions are based on policy versus trying to get reelected?  It’s an issue that has been brought to the forefront thanks to some comments President Barack Obama meant to say privately that instead were transmitted over a live microphone.  Discussing missile defense, Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that they need to not push things until campaign season is over.  “This is my last election…After my election I have more flexibility.”

Hot mics often get politicians into hot water.  And of course, since this is a campaign year, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney immediately jumped on the president’s remarks. “Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage, and for this president to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia is very, very troubling, very alarming…I’m very, very concerned.”

Romney’s comments then left Medvedev fairly concerned, too — about whether the GOP thinks they are in a James Bond movie.  “I always get very cautious when I see a country resort to phrasings such as ‘No. 1 enemy.’ It is very reminiscent of Hollywood in a certain period of history…My other advice is to check their clocks from time to time. It is 2012, not the mid-1970s. No matter what party a candidate represents, he has to take the current state of affairs into account.”

Obama, meanwhile, is taking all of the controversy in stride. “Before sitting down at a plenary session for a Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Obama greeted Medvedev. ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait,’ he said, the AP reported. Grinning, he put his hand over the microphone.”

The episode will likely lead to a comparison between the president and his GOP challenger as to which would serve better on the diplomatic side of the White House.  It also will likely remind Obama to always do a mic check.

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9:01AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

I voted for Obama and so sorry I did, he is not who I thought he was just a good talker. I am so afraid of socialized medicine, and limits on coverage because we met our quota for the year. God forbit if you had a bad medical year, or on medications for the rest of your life. I went online to compare my now existing medical insurance of 607.00 a month, the same comparable coverage with Obamacare would be 1245.00 a month, how is this going to help us?? I would not be able to put a roof over my head, pay insurances, pay utilities, or drive my car to work. Check it out people. He is bankrupting our Country. What next??

4:41PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Making deals with the soviets? Yeah, right. Like any Obama hater would know anything about what he's doing.

8:34PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Diplomacy people! President Obama was schmoozing, trying to bring people to our side. Most Presidents schmooze when dealing with other leaders. They are not making deals, just try to accomplish what is good for America. Except for W. Bush who liked to insult everyone. Let's not wast our time on nonsense.

7:42PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Geez, focus people. Economy and jobs should be at the center of this election year. Making an issue out of the president saying that his hands are full with election year and basically, let's put discussions with Russia on the back burner for now is goofy. It's a NON-issue.

4:54PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

thanks

4:20PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

"I agree with Bruce. It scares me that people do not care not that the president is making "Deals" with the Soviets. "The president to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia is very, very troubling!" That you are accepting the president's agenda now says that he can do whatever he wants once reelected. That scares me even more as he has an agenda all his own. There's no democracy at work in his adminstration."

One, we are not concerned becasuse THERE ARE NO SOVIETS. The USSR is GONE!

Two, Obama can't exactly get a lot done when he has to be in campaign mode. If we had public campaign financing and six month laws like a civilized nation, this wouldn't be a problem, but nooooooo, trying to civilize elections is bloody BOLSHEVISM to you folks!

Every president has an agenda - that's what we elect them for! They tell us what they're going to try to convince Congress to do, or play their built-in base, and the real masters that head the corporate conglomerate chime in, and the whole play begins. That IS democracy - a representative democracy!

4:19PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I don't see the problem with President Obama having a positive relationship with Russia. They are a large nation, and neighboring the countries we currently have troops in. This isn't the age of the Red Scare. To me, being only 26, Mitt Romney is really showing his age if he is afraid of Russia.

12:01PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

What scares me the most is voters like Sharon R. No thought involved.

11:56AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I agree with Bruce. It scares me that people do not care not that the president is making "Deals" with the Soviets. "The president to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia is very, very troubling!" That you are accepting the president's agenda now says that he can do whatever he wants once reelected. That scares me even more as he has an agenda all his own. There's no democracy at work in his adminstration.


10:43AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Don't judge a book by it's cover, and this seems to be the way of most people, during this year's political candidates.....What is happening to politicians???????????

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