Presidents generally look forward to the flexibility of second terms, when they no longer have to worry about reelection. Jake Tapper reports on a conversation between President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Microphones picked up on the exchange as White House aides let reporters into the room:
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.