Monday, March 26, 2012

US President Tells Russian President About His Second Term

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.