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Republican leaders have jumped on Barack Obama after the president made unguarded comments to Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev, appealing to him to allow Obama space on the contentious European missile defence issue – and claiming he could be more flexible after the November general election.
Obama's comments were caught on a microphone during what the two leaders believed was a private conversation during a nuclear summit in South Korea.
Within minutes, rightwing blogs in America were full of accusations that Obama's comments offered fresh evidence of weakness, of kowtowing again to foreign governments. Others claimed his comments provided a glimpse of what Obama planned if he wins the general election: a much more radical second term.