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.