I can not believe this is not a bigger story. Obama appears to have just told Russia that he is going to do something hugely unpopular with the American people, as long as Russia lets him wait until after the election to deal with it. "After my election I have more flexibility" - if we are seeing Obama 'restrained' I shutter to think what a more 'flexible' Obama would look like.
"At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”
The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.
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."