The hot mike, the microphone left “live” after a politician or other dignitary has made a speech, is the latest weapon in the arsenal of the Fourth Estate. Whether most members of that Estate appreciate it is another issue. But the value of the hot mike is indisputable. Case in point: the man now holding office as President, Barack H. Obama, told his nominal counterpart, Dimitry Medvedev, that after the election, he (Obama) will be able to give the Russians everything they ask for. That is treason.
What the hot mike caught
Obama is in Seoul, South Korea, for the Nuclear Security Summit. Yesterday, in a room full of microphones, in a break between speeches, he sat down for a head-to-head talk with Medvedev. Medvedev is now the President of the Russian Federation, but will give up that post to the assumed election winner, Vladimir Putin. (Yes, that Putin, as in “Takogo kak Putin!“)
On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.
Said Medvedev in return:
Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…
This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
Barack H. Obama. Photo: Pete Souza, January 13, 2009
What neither man realized was that a hot mike was already “transmitting that information” to any reporter who cared to pick it up. One did. He was Russian. But because this is not (yet) the Russia of the Second Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, this Russian reporter talked freely with other reporters. ABC News picked it up from him, and The Washington Timespicked it up from both. (See also here.)
This is not the first time that a hot mike has caught Obama, or someone allied with him, saying what he really thinks of America and Americans. A hot mike caught Vice-President Joe Biden, two years ago, saying that the passing of the health care reform bill was “a big deal.” (Just how big, would not be safe-for-work for CNAV to repeat.) But this hot mike caught Obama talking treason.
Missile defense is not a “problem” to “solve.” If our country can stop a ballistic missile from landing on our soil without having to attack the missile base before the missile ever flies, how does that harm anyone? If anything, that should make war less likely, not more. It means that even starting a war is futile for the other side. The Russians know this. They know that they cannot develop a guided missile to fly past our shields. So they want us to take them down.
The latest hot mike moment clearly embarrasses Obama. Later, at a press conference, he tried to make a joke of it:
Is this mike on?
This is no joke.
What Obama really thinks
The hot mike once again tells us what Obama really thinks. As Erick Erickson of Red Stateput it most eloquently:
Without having to worry about losing an election, the President who has already gone to war against religious groups, dragged his feet on oil drilling expansion, and sought to destroy private health care for American citizens will be even more emboldened to bring his European style socialist vision for America to reality.
This goes far beyond giving away missile defenses to the Russians. This goes to UN Agenda 21, and the real purpose of Operation Fast and Furious. Those are only the prize examples.
To paraphrase an old proverb: It is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you a fool (or a traitor), than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.