Obama whisper to Medvedev causes a righteous roar
The blog-o-sphere is all a twitter over Barack Obama‚Äôs latest gaffe: the hot mic whisper to Dmitry Medvedev, wherein the Commander in Chief of the United States seems to have some nefarious conspiracy brewing with the President of the Russian Federation.
Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it‚Äôs important for him to give me space.‚ÄĚ
Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you‚Ä¶”
Obama: “This is my last election…After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev: “I understand. I transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Conservatives are frothing; this is the smoking gun that shows the Manchurian Candidate is bent on betraying the nation. Mitt Romney seized the moment to flex some Reaganesque muscles, declaring Russia is still our number one foe. Democrats are bewildered, even frantic. The President has given the Republicans a gift. Already the RNC has pounced, with spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski declaring, “The truth is the president‚Äôs unapologetic explanation is a desperate attempt by Obama to hide the proof of a larger issue ‚ÄĒ he is ready to unleash his most liberal, anti-growth, big-government policies but he won‚Äôt tell voters about them until he‚Äôs reelected.”
Obama’s history of hot mic hiccups
Now what are we to make of this? Is Barack Obama so stupid that he learned nothing from his last hot mic gaffe? Recall when French president Nicolas Sarkozy said, “I cannot stand [Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu]. He’s a liar,” the US president responded, oh so diplomatically, “You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day.”
Is Barack Obama so stupid that he went through an entire closed door meeting with Medvedev, and forgot to mention he was planning to give up the US nuclear codes to the Kremlin as soon as he was re-elected?¬† So he had to blurt it out while wired to a hot mic?
Did Obama stage a hot mic “leak”?
Readers of this column are well aware that this writer is spectacularly unimpressed with the tangible evidence of President Obama‚Äôs intellect. The packaging of this empty suit as a brilliant thinker is counter-intuitive branding not seen since America was sold the cuddliness of the Pet Rock. But even I don‚Äôt think it was accidental. As an actor who’s taken plenty of acting classes and seen plenty of theatre, I can spot a bad actor. Obama knew this exchange would be picked up, and he planned it that way.
But isn‚Äôt that even stupider? To have planned this embarrassing exchange? Well, remember, it‚Äôs only embarrassing if you believe the President should put country first. Or Party first. This is Barry Obama, and Barry always puts Barry first. And what Barry needs is to send a message to his base, and that message is, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt bail on me. Re-elect me and I‚Äôll get the job done.‚ÄĚ
Obama wasn‚Äôt talking to Medvedev. He wasn‚Äôt talking to Putin. He was talking to his far-Left wingnuts, for whom Russia is the ideological motherland. If the Kremlin can give Barry space, then so can Code Pink, the enviro-wackos and the rest of the Reds.
Obama’s pattern of opportunism
In case you missed it, Barry gave another shout out to a segment of his base last week. On Friday, after introducing his choice to head the World Bank, the President who never takes questions had a member of his staff prompt a journalist to ask about Trayvon Martin. President Obama, with an opportunity to speak as the leader of the United States about the tragic death of an American youth, decided to remind the nation that he, the President, is black. ‚ÄúIf I had a son, he‚Äôd look like Trayvon.‚ÄĚ
Fortunately, Barry restrained himself from offering lectures on how the Florida police had acted stupidly. Still, the big take away, besides the fact that Barack Obama thinks all blacks look alike, is that after three years in office, the first African-American President is so insecure about his re-election chances that he needs to turn a young man‚Äôs death into a pitch for votes from his most rabid constituency.
Both of these incidents are amateurish and smack of desperation, but when we look at Barack Obama‚Äôs record, it‚Äôs clear he should be desperate. When he vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, he alienated union labor in favor of enviro-wackos. Now he‚Äôs trying to backtrack on Keystone, claiming to be expediting portions of the pipeline that don‚Äôt require his approval. That may win back a few pipe-layers, but alienate the hippie fringe. So, using his meeting with the Russian President to beg for time and promise to cut back on missiles later when he can be more flexible, is designed to be music to a peacenik‚Äôs ears.
Likewise, the black community has reason to be impatient with the Prez. Black unemployment has been so high under Barack Obama, that Emmanuel Cleaver, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has said they‚Äôd be marching on the White House if the president was white. The black community may not vote against Obama, but they could very easily stay home in droves. With the election coming up, seems Barry has to take every opportunity to remind folks about his pigment.
Obama woos the disappointed base
What Obama is saying, writ large, is, ‚ÄúElect me again. This time I‚Äôll do something.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs a strategy he employed in the Illinois legislature, when he voted present almost 130 times. ‚ÄúIf you are worried about your next election, the present vote gives you political cover,‚ÄĚ said Kent D. Redfield, a professor of political studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. ‚ÄúThis is an option that does not exist in every state and reflects Illinois political culture.‚ÄĚ Importing that Illinois political culture to the White House has meant outsourcing major legislation to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, failing to propose a meaningful budget or any kind of fiscal reform, campaigning rather than governing, leading from behind internationally, and allowing Iran to creep closer to nuclear capability.
But what did Obama say? ‚ÄúThis is my last election.‚ÄĚ Barry, The One, is declaring this to be his, and so the Far Left‚Äôs, last chance. If they don‚Äôt re-elect him, it‚Äôs over. C‚Äômon people, give hope a chance.
P.S. Was the act premeditated, and did Obama set up Medvedev as a prop in his political sideshow? Read and decide.