During the opening of a speech he gave to news editors in Washington, Obama took a light jab at the media for reporting sideline discussions he had with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul that were, unbeknownst to the pair, picked up by press microphones.
“It is a pleasure to speak to all of you — and to have a microphone that I can see,” Obama said to laughter from the audience of news executives.
“Feel free to transmit any of this to Vladimir if you see him.”
That was a sendup on Medvedev’s response to Obama during their exchange in Korea. The outgoing Russian leader said he would pass on or “transmit” Obama’s message to Vladimir Putin, who takes over his job as president in May.
In a nod to an already rich set of campaign one-liners and missteps, Obama said there would be more fodder for political banter to come.