It appears President Obama’s promise to be more flexible was transmitted to Vladimir:

The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in a letter on Monday.

Ah, yes.  The sternly worded letter.  The hallmark of all the best leaders and diplomats.

In his letter to Mr. Putin, delivered by the American Embassy, Mr. Obama underscored his interest in a high-level dialogue with Moscow with the aim of preserving the 1987 treaty and discussing steps the Kremlin might take to come back into compliance. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a similar message in a Sunday phone call to Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.

I can only assume it ended with:


The fact is, this is exactly what Obama ridiculed Romney on during the debate.  Remember this?

Romney was right.

And now, the late 1970s are calling President Obama, asking for their global respect for America back.