Monday, 26 March 2012

The Flexible President

The President sat there today with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev....in reality, the number two guy in Russia, and with a hot mic open.....the President commented: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."  This was all in response to the missile and nuke negotiation business.

Naturally, this upset the Republicans a good bit....with them wondering exactly what kind of extra flexibility would have after November, that you don't have now?

I sat and pondered over this, and eventually came to this conclusion....the President knew about the hot mic and absolutely wanted to make this comment in public.

I suspect that as the President meets every single Prime Minister and head of state....he basically utters the same phrase: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."

As the President meets the head of the Peruvian government.....he utters the phrase: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."

As the President meets the head of the Mexican government....he utters the phrase: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."

As the President meets the head of the Chinese government....he utters the phrase: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."

Even when he meets up with the head of the Tonga Islands government.....he utters the same phrase: "This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility."

My guess is that the Russians momentarily felt really great over the comment, and later when they talked to their spy department....discovered that the President even uttered the phrase to the head of the Icelandic government.....so it really doesn't mean too much.

If the President really thought that he had a great period opening up in November, then he'd anticipate a majority of Democrats winning in the House of Representatives (which won't happen), and that they maintain status quo in the Senate (likely to be closer to a 50-50 split than marginal majority that they currently have).  A true President would be working hard to ensure a bigger win for his party and hope to have better standings over the next two years.  That just isn't going to happen.

So next week....as the President comes up to meet with some head of state from Honduras or Nigeria.....you might ought to expect him to grin just for a second and whisper some little message to the visitor....and the visitor will grin....then you can feel assured that the President will be more flexible to help Honduras....after the November election.  I don't how flexibility will help Honduras and America.....but it sounds good.