Did a moment caught on a hot microphone in 2012 rise to the standard of seeking foreign influence in an election? Let’s explore.
Hot microphones are a hell of a thing. In 2012, speaking with Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president of our great rival Russia, President Obama said, “After my election I have more flexibility.” Medvedev responded that he would transmit this information to Vladimir. As in, you know, Putin.
Oh, what a time it was. Russia was great friend; we had pushed the Staples reset button and were looking towards the future.
Let’s break this down. “After the election we have more flexibility.” Huh. This sounds a lot like asking a foreign leader to play a role in an American election. Let’s go a step further: this was an election in which Obama mocked his opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, for criticizing Russia. Remember that? Remember the debate when Obama said “the 1980s wants its foreign policy back”? But now, suddenly Russia is our greatest foe again. Funny how things work out.