President Obama was caught in a candidate moment with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medveddev. Reporters caught the tail end of their conversation on a "hot mic" and heard Obama saying he would have more "flexibility" with a missile shield program after he wins re-election. Top Republicans took to Twitter to express their concern:
When the president returns from S. Korea, we look forward to hearing what he meant by having “more flexibility” on missile defense
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 26, 2012
Pres Obama tells Medvedev he'll be more "flexible" on missile defense - that's a real "Etch A Sketch" leader!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 26, 2012
Check out the full (but brief exchange below):
The Russian President also took a shot at Republican Mitt Romney for saying Russia was the US's "number on geopolitical foe":
"I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates ... to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one's head, one's good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.
"Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s."