Nightly News   |  March 26, 2012

Obama’s private comment caught on tape

During a trip to South Korea, an open microphone recorded President Barack Obama discussing the issue of missile defense with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> president obama is in south korea tonight, and earlier today, he accidentally let us all in on one of those moments that we know goes on among leaders when they're speaking freely, and he was. because the president clearly had no idea that a microphone could pick up the message he was sending to russian president dimitri medved ev, and it had to do with missile defense and his own election back home.

>> my last election, after my election, i had more flexibility.

>> that conversation took place in seoul at a nuclear conference, and today, mitt romney , who wants the president's job, called the comments by president obama an alarming and troubling development. he called the russians our number one enemy, and later thought better of it and clarified his position.