President Barack Obama was caught on microphone telling Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility after November’s election deal with contentious issues such as missile defence.
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I’m not an expert on either protocol or diplomacy but I can guess that when two heads of state are talking privately with their heads together in whispers, things are going to be said which are not intended for public consumption.
I’m also pretty certain that whatever ‘arrangements’ were being transacted between the two presidents that Pres. Obama showing personal confidence in winning the upcoming election was more strategy than gaffe. It’s not like we overheard him promising to deliver weapons-grade uranium to Medvedev’s second cousin in Gramercy Park at midnight. No. He was simply strengthening his position – the U.S. position – with an ally.
I wonder how many times McCain told someone “Do this for me now because after I’m elected president…”
And besides – Pres. Obama was probably telling the truth – he will be in a better position after the November election to come through on his promises to Russia. When he is re-elected in November will we look back on this and think he was simply being clairvoyant?
See? Gaffe? What gaffe?