A new James Bond-style advertisement from Karl Rove-linked super PAC American Crossroads takes aim at President Barack Obama's recent "hot mic" moment, casting him as "President Flexible."
The minute-and-a-half-long ad seeks to capitalize on the president's recent exchange with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, during which Obama said he would have "more flexibility" after the upcoming U.S. election to discuss missile defense. Medvedev said he would "transmit" the information to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The spot, released Friday, resembles a James Bond movie trailer. The "film" casts Obama as a double-agent, Medvedev as Dr. Evil-resembling "Dr. Transmitkov" and Putin as himself. Obama and Medvedev's exchange is played several times throughout the ad.
"Your mission is simple, Mr. Obama," says a female narrator, presumably modeled after the Bond films' M character. "Win one last election to gain unchecked flexibility, weaken our defenses, and fundamentally transform the world. Dmitry will transmit the information."
At the end of the ad, a slogan flashes across the screen: "Operation Hot Mic: You Only Run Twice."
Obama's comments drew criticism from Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"[Russia] is without question our number one geopolitical foe, they fight for every cause for the world's worst actors," Romney said in an interview with CNN. "The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed."
Medvedev fired back at Romney, stating the GOP candidate's comments smelled "like Hollywood."
"We are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s," the Russian president said.
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