Always beware the revealing power of the hot mike. President Obama has been heard uttering words that will strike terror into the hearts of millions of Americans
. In the context of discussing missile defense, he had the following exchange with President Medvedev:
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 (emphasis added).
Wow, that's creepy. In other words, President Obama is, in essence, telling Medvedev that after his (putative) reelection he has more "flexibility" to flout the will of the American people; if that weren't the message, why would he need to wait until being reelected to act as he deems best?
With his jam-down of ObamaCare, his use of czars, and his frequent demonization even of private citizens with whom he disagrees, President Obama has already shown quite a penchant for tactics that bear a slight stench of totalitarianism. And now he's signaling that he'll feel even less constrained by public opinion after he's reelection.
Let's hope the swing voters are paying attention. Chilling.
Michael Kinsley once said that a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. If so, this is the mother of all gaffes.