Obama And Hot Mike

March 27, 2012 by staff 

Obama And Hot Mike, President Obama defended his hot mike remark to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he’ll have “more flexibility” after the November election to take on the controversial proposal to build a missile defense system in Europe.

Obama made light of the gaffe–covering a microphone with his hand as he greeted the Russian leader at the Nuclear Security Summit on Wednesday morning and asking reporters if their mikes were on–before amplifying on the substance of his exchange with Medvedev.

“I think everybody understands — if they don’t, they haven’t been listening to my speeches — that I want to reduce nuclear stockpiles,” Obama said. “And one of the barriers to doing that is building trust and cooperation around missile defense issues. And so this is not a matter of hiding the ball.”

The Russians have vehemently opposed building the system in Europe, but the White House maintains that the president is committed to the project. Administration officials have stressed that the missile defense system is intended to stem the threat from Iran; the Russians believe the system targets them.

But in the short-term, Obama said that it’s not possible -due to the complexity of the issue, Russian resistance, and the U.S. election season-to get it done soon.

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