By now, most of you have heard about President Barack Obama's unfortunate "slip-up" this week. The President was speaking with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ahead of a summit meeting on nuclear security. Apparently, neither realized that their conversation was being picked up by a live microphone.
"This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev as they discussed the United States' missile defense plans in Europe. "After my election, I have more flexibility." To which Medvedev replied, "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," an apparent reference to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For most people, that exchange speaks to much more than what was actually said. It makes clear that Obama knows that as a second-term president who doesn't have to face the American voters again, he will be free to move forward with his personal agenda.
According to a CNSNews.com article, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said this week that "the American people should be very afraid” of Obama's remarks, adding, "Well clearly, the president has a plan to do after the election what he can't or won't do before the election. And he's going to do it without ever being honest with the American people.”
Barack Obama is clearly one of the most anti-gun politicians in history. It is difficult to imagine a more far-reaching threat to our Second Amendment rights than Obama as a second-term president, especially considering his potential to appoint one or more Supreme Court Justices during a second term.
While campaigning for the 2008 presidential election, Obama paid lip service to gun owners by making vague statements of support for "sportsmen” and unfounded claims of general support for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, told the truth. And who can forget Obama accusing rural voters of "clinging to guns or religion" out of economic bitterness?
Last July, we reported on the Obama administration's tentative plans to unveil new, but unspecified, gun control initiatives.
At that time, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney provided little in the way of specifics, but U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said, "I have spoken to the president. He is with me on [gun control], and it's just going to be when that opportunity comes forward that we're going to be able to go forward.”
And longtime anti-gun activist Sarah Brady said last March that the president told her "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control] ... We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
Regarding Obama's character and the political ramifications of his gaffe, there was one more thing Rep. Issa said in the CNSNews.com article: "I, as an American citizen, was already not voting for the president.” On that point, Rep Issa certainly speaks for gun owners as well.
from the NRA-ILA