In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.
“This is my last election,” Obama told Medvedev. “After my election I have more flexibility.”
My question is: Does anyone think that that isn’t true? That the election year makes it pretty much impossible for Obama to negotiate from a position of strength? He DOES have more flexibility if he wins. He wasn’t making any underhanded promises or going against the US’s interest – the flexibility he’s talking about pretty clearly refers to what he could get through the Senate post-reelection, not flexibility of the treaty he wants to get done.
I get that the GOP really wants to paint Obama as being somehow weak or against America’s interests, but I really just can’t get outraged about this – he will, in fact, have more flexibility to negotiate if he wins reelection.