Flex Time

The story making the rounds today concerns Barack Obama’s remarks to Vladimir Putin’s proxy Dmitri Medvedev, as detected by some open mics:

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.

“Flexibility”, you say. “Freedom to test the outermost limits of executive power, unrestrained by fear of any consequences at the polls”, you mean.

We’ll take a quick break from our usual incisive analysis to offer a personal message:

Yes, Mr. President, here’s hoping you have maximum flexibility, come January 21st. Sleep late? Take a walk? Watch some TV? Do some work around the house? Whatever you like, sir. Enjoy!

You’ll have all the time in the world, insha’Allah.

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  1. God willing.

    Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Only reason I’m posting this link is to give Malcolm and me a break – TBH, Peter?

    Have at it:




    Posted March 27, 2012 at 12:30 am | Permalink
  3. I am far from expert on the personal consequences of getting drunk, my only experience having been the night before spring break in my freshman year at college, when I decided that it was my duty as a college kid to find out what it felt like. It felt OK at first, but the next morning, not so much.

    It had no impact on my political preferences, though I’m not sure I had any at the time. Like most college kids, I was mainly interested in getting laid. So I espoused whatever politics I thought might do the trick. It wouldn’t surprise me if that is what motivates college kids today, too.

    Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    A frightening glimpse, this was: Mr. Obama telling the Russians (the Russians!) that he couldn’t reveal his real foreign-policy intentions until after the election.

    Posted March 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink