As he prepares to exit the White House, President Obama has decided to re-write a little piece of history — one that no longer suits what is left of his image.
At last Friday’s news conference Obama was the tough guy — the guy who went up to Russian President Vladimir Putin last September after being informed of Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and said, “Cut it out.”
And he did, Obama insisted.
Then the president proceeded to berate “the 37 percent of registered Republican voters” who hold a favorable opinion of Putin.
“Ronald Reagan would be rolling over in his grave,” Putin’s newly sworn nemesis said.
Well, yes, he likely would. But that’s the “new” Barack Obama, surely not the same Obama who back in March of 2012 during a summit in South Korea was caught on a hot mic promising “flexibility” toward Russia during his second term.
Who can forget the moment when he leaned in toward Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with a message for incoming President Putin?
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [Putin] to give me space. … This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney called that “very, very troubling indeed.”
So more than four years later, four years during which Putin annexed Crimea, set his sights on eastern Ukraine, and oh, yeah hacked the DNC, how’s all that “flexibility” working out?
Russia is now “contrary to everything we stand for,” Obama insists, four years too late.
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