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9 presidential hot-mic gaffes: A slideshow
Obama is catching grief for an unguarded remark to Dmitry Medvedev. But plenty of world leaders have goofed up by failing to ask, "Is this thing on?"
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resident Obama's critics are having a field day with a remark he made to Russia's president when he thought his microphone was off. "Give me space," Obama said. "This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility" to deal with missile defense. Critics say it makes Obama look arrogant about a second term, and weak on Russia. Of course, he's hardly the first president to feel the sting of an unexpectedly hot mic...

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