Obama Promises Russia To Be More "Flexible" After Election

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In today's open mic farce that has made the president a target of a fresh republican onslaught, we have Obama telling Russian presidential pawn Dmitry Medvedev that "this is his last presidential election", and that he will have "more flexibility after the election." One can only assume that Obama is referring to the aggressive NATO expansion which has angered Russia substantially as noted previously, and even led to Russia putting radar stations on combat alert. It could be this or it could be anything, including US posturing vis-a-vis Syria assuming the stance a huanitariam, if completely impotent, do-gooder globocop, or for that matter any other foreign policy fiasco in which Russia now have the upper hand by default. Naturally, one wonders why Obama would be pandering to Russia (well, aside for the country's premier export position when it comes to nat gas and crude of course) in the first place. Or more importantly, as the GOP has now figured out, why does the president need to be more flexible after the election to begin with, and to what other special interest will Obama be far more responsive than to his mere electorate. Either way, nothing but more theater as central planning continues on its merry way to terminal dislocation with reality.

More from CNN:

The video features the clip of Obama and Medvedev holding a private conversation at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea. During their talk, which was caught on camera and on microphone, Obama asked his Russian counterpart for some "space" on the U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe.


"This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev. "After my election I have more flexibility."


While Obama put his hand on Medvedev's arm, the Russian president responded saying he would transmit the information to the incoming president, current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.


But Republicans seized on Obama's request as an opportunity to frame the president as a politician primarily focused on re-election.


"It's amazing what we find out about this president's policies when he thinks no one is listening and it begs the question: What else doesn't Obama want us to know about before he's reelected?" Kirsten Kukowski, RNC spokeswoman, said.


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also came out against Obama's comments, saying the moment represented "an alarming and troubling development."


"This is no time for our president to be pulling his punches with the American people. And not telling us what he's intending to do with regards to our missile defense system, with regards to our military might and with regards to our commitment to Israel and with regard to our absolute conviction that Iran must have a nuclear weapon," Romney said while campaigning in San Diego.


His team launched a new Twitter campaign Monday, highlighting the president's remark.


From his Twitter account, Romney asked followers to fill in the blank: "@BarackObama: I'll have more flexibility to ______ after the election."


Pushing back, the Obama campaign said Romney was distorting the president's words.


"Governor Romney has been all over the map on the key foreign policy challenges facing our nation today, offering a lot of chest thumping and empty rhetoric with no concrete plans to enhance our security or strengthen our alliances," Ben LaBolt, the campaign's press secretary, said in a statement. "Instead of passing the buck, it is time that Governor Romney shared his foreign policy agenda with the American people."

Naturally, the show must go on for the general public (which would be wise to please dump its entire life savings in the Bernie Bernankoff Asset Management ponzi scheme post haste - have you seen the monthly returns? just scorching!), even as all truly important decisions are made deep behind the scenes, and are accompanied by electronic sacks of money, where the squid in one capacity or another, always "makes a market."

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:02 | 2292568 LedMizer
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Obama has got to be the dumbest son of a bitch on the planet.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:04 | 2292573 redpill
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Gosh there's a word for this, what was it... uh.... oh yeah! TREASON!

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:10 | 2292593 Tom Servo
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Barry seems certain he will win.  It's almost like, it's...... already determined.....


Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:12 | 2292598 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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His lwyer got laughed at today, and Obama didn't want the lawyer having all the fun.  What a dunce.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:16 | 2292609 Cheesy Bastard
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He never said it's his last term, he just said it's his last election.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:42 | 2292702 Manthong
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Last election..  only if he ends up eligible to be on the ballot of all 50 states.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:44 | 2292721 Ag Tex
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This whole thing is rigged.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:04 | 2292790 francis_sawyer
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So I guess since we already know he's getting elected, there won't be any need for me to click on the AD on the right of the page with Michele Obama on it to tell her "I'm IN"!

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:31 | 2292980 Manthong
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Hey trolls..

wouldn't it be something if the black swan happened to be of Kenyan ancestry?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 22:50 | 2293238 CoolBeans
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I HATE that ad...

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 22:58 | 2293254 ElvisDog
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Is it just me, or was Michelle a lot better looking before the 2008 election. I used to think she was kind of cute, but now man oh man.....

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 23:07 | 2293273 Ms. Erable
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Wookies are kinda like that.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 23:30 | 2293323 economics9698
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Barry needs another birth certificate, Sheriff Joe is on his trail.

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 00:55 | 2293461 knukles
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What's that about the Obama ad?  Mine are all midget Thai tranny dating and bride sahring sites.  Is there something wrong?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 23:03 | 2293264 Dr Zaius
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Strange, I get the "Established Men, Start Dating Beautiful Women Now, Sugar Daddy Dating".  I have yet to see one woman in that ad that looks like Michele Obama yet.

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 14:44 | 2295093 lenitivelea
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I always click, just to cost the campaign as much money as possible. 

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:46 | 2292735 bobola
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I think what Obama meant by having more flexibility after the election is that he plans to start doing yoga...

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:48 | 2292744 ihedgemyhedges
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Well, my "now" wife told me when she was my "then" fiancee that she would be more flexible after we got married.  Boy, what a dumbass I was..................

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:55 | 2292766 jcaz
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Fuck you, Barry.....

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:06 | 2292799 Oquities
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traitorous motherfucker.  no habeus corpus, or judicial process, free speech zone, non-natural born citizen, corporate fascist, renditionist, sociopathic, budget busting, bi-sexual, racist, non-constitutional executive-ordering, warrantless searching and eavesdropping, black liberation theologist prick.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:40 | 2292883 Barbarians_R_Us
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Wheeww....for a minute there I swear you were going to list the "N" word. Wouldn't want any reason for an alphabet agency to come knocking on ZH's door.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:59 | 2292917 Oquities
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okay, i'm going for it - N-N-N-narcissitic asshole!

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:00 | 2292923 Oquities
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excuse my bad spelling and bad manners.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:20 | 2292967 macholatte
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Damn near eloquent.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:49 | 2293016 bania
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you forgot "closet smoking"...

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 21:02 | 2293035 Cheesy Bastard
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"pole smoking"

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:00 | 2292926 Gold N Glocks
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Kenyan Black needs to go.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:16 | 2292955 liverdiefree
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Since he was never naturalized if he was born in Kenya or as a citizen of any other country then he is still a citizen of that country as he never became a U.S. citizen at all. I'll chip in to deport the swine.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 22:37 | 2293216 The Heart
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Not to mention a fraud.

The good news is now, many on the inside are considering the truth of the fact that every document and law he has instituted is illegal and not valid, thus making them world criminals eligible for war crimes tribunals if they implement his illegal and unconstitutional fraudulent laws or decrees. It is already a civil war amongst those who want the glory of continued killing and mayhem like in Iraq, and those who will stop them dead in their tracks if they try it here in America.

Have hope boys and girls, there are more and more awakening to this factual information and realigning with the side of real truth and justice.

Ron Paul scares the heck out of these fast losing power-brokers and they know it.

Do not fall prey to the fear rampage and media propaganda lies and dis-information.

They are also losing the attention on the digital TV drug as more and more people wake up speaking the same launguage of awareness of the beast.

Give thanks.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:54 | 2292906 Pairadimes
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Ha Ha Ha. What is the difference between a new wife and a new job after six months? The job still sucks.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:18 | 2292963 ihedgemyhedges
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So does my wife.  Just ask the pool boy................too many damned cougars running around nowadays.........

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:55 | 2292769 Madrid2020
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He be our Queen!

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:27 | 2292849 Cheesy Bastard
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Oh, that's why he likes a hot Mike.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:45 | 2292726 eatthebanksters
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They've already collected and counted the absentee ballots...I heard Donald Duck voted 858 times!

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:34 | 2292872 3MonthsZHober
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I thought the Eisner cabal was banned from voting after the Florida Bush recount. Times are changing.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:32 | 2292866 Abiotic Oil
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Ron Paul just won the majority of Missouri delegates...
The only winning that matters...
Not that you'll hear about it in the MSM...

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 23:37 | 2293343 Deo vindice
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I would not be too surprised to see the whole 'Ron Paul' surge of support become the black swan TPTB would use to "protect Americans and their democracy".

He is also the only candidate for president that has refused federal protection during the campaign.

It's like he's daring them.

The banker/military/industrial complex fellows must be having nightmares about this man. Who would have thought that a 76-year-old gentleman could elicit so much fear in the hearts of the corrupt powers of the nation?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 21:29 | 2293082 icanhasbailout
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Romney as his likely opponent, media wholly on his side? I'd talk about it like it was already determined too.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 22:39 | 2293200 The Heart
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"Barry seems certain he will win.  It's almost like, it's...... already determined....."

Like bush said just before he was elected.

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 00:39 | 2293437 StychoKiller
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From his Twitter account, Romney asked followers to fill in the blank: "@BarackObama: I'll have more flexibility to ______ after the election."

Slaughter the Ignorati

and yer response is...

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:19 | 2292597 12ToothAssassin
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You honestly think this is the first time anything like this has ever happened? And that Romney wouldnt be doing the same thing if he were in that position? Please. Its only the first time its been on mic. Have you ever heard a few words or sentences in a conversation and were absolutely sure what it was all about?


"This is no time for our president to be pulling his punches with the American people. And not telling us what he's intending to do with regards to our missile defense system, with regards to our military might..."

If Romney thinks the POTUS should inform all citizens about every intent of anything then he is even a greater idiot than I thought, and thats saying a lot. Im sure the first thing Romney would do IN HIS INAUGURATION SPEECH is inform the US population on how he intends to handle top secret defense strategy.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:27 | 2292650 TMT
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If you are trying to solicit empathy for BHO you are on the wrong site.  For me, nothing you can say will justify anything this man has done.  He is 100% idiot - and if you directly or indirectly support him or any of his policies that makes you an equal idiot.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:31 | 2292662 myshadow
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then your alternative is 150% dumber?


Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:38 | 2292687 TMT
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MY alternative?  Blow me.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:03 | 2292786 myshadow
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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 23:40 | 2293353 cornedmutton
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how hard?

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:31 | 2292667 12ToothAssassin
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Note that I refered to the office not the present occupant. And inserted Romney as a thought experiment to compare how his actions may or may not differ given the same set of circumstances which WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.


My point is that its nearly impossible to place this in any context unlkess you were there the whole time listening to the entire exchange with all previous relevant information. I dont think any of us are qualified to make that judgement.


To be clear, Im neither supporting nor villifying the POTUS, Im just being reasonable about digesting this very small and isolated part of a more complex picture and being careful about reading too much into it because what you read into it will most likely show your bias far more than it would prove to be actually correct.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:40 | 2292699 TMT
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This is merely one small piece of the Obama puzzle.  The entire context has been built up over the last three years.  This piece fits nicely into what we (those with our eyes open) have learned about this man.

You're right - context is key.  That context is what he's done since being POTUS, senator and a community activist.  Had RP said this, I would have scratched my head.

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 19:12 | 2292817 Fedaykinx
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exactly, i've been saying for months that if he wins again all bets are off, the first four years will look like a walk in the park compared to what's coming.

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