“After My Election I Have More Flexibility” – Obama

Jake Tapper of ABC News is reporting on a comment made by President Obama to Russian President Demitri Medvedev today at the end of their 90 minute meeting in Seoul, South Korea. They were discussing issues of mutual concern but especially missile defense.

The exchange:

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

While this comment was made in the context of missile defense, I think it is a harbinger of things to come if Obama is re-elected. While he has been somewhat restrained in his gun control efforts so far, I think most rational people would expect Obama to ramp up his efforts once he no longer has to worry about re-election. If you didn’t think this presidential election and the concurrent congressional elections were not that important, think again.

A caller to Tom Gresham’s GunTalk last week or the week before said he was setting aside money to buy more guns in case it looked like Obama would be re-elected. He called it his Obama Re-election Gun Buying Fund. Tom responded that instead of buying more guns he should invest the money in supporting pro-gun candidates so that he and everyone else would have their Second Amendment rights protected. Given Obama’s comment, I think Tom made an eminently sensible suggestion and one that I’d like to second.

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2 thoughts on ““After My Election I Have More Flexibility” – Obama”

  1. Tom responded that instead of buying more guns he should invest the money in supporting pro-gun candidates so that he and everyone else would have their Second Amendment rights protected.

    Problem is, there's a tremendous amount of harm the Executive can do without the approval of the Congress. E.g. we're still living with G. W. Bush's assault rifle import ban. And I'm pretty sure Clinton's elimination of "kitchen table-top" FFLs.

  2. @hga: I don't disagree nor do I think Tom would. While I can't speak for Tom, I imagine he had presidential candidates in mind just as much as congressional candidates.

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