Our esteemed leader was caught on a live mic Monday essentially bending over for Russia on the subject of our missile defense network.

At a conference in Seoul, Korea, Obama was heard discussing our missiles in Europe with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, telling him to give a message to future Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved,” Obama said. “But it’s important for him to give me space.

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

For a president who already has the reputation for bowing to foreign dictators and being a milquetoast on national defense, Obama didn’t exactly burnish his credentials when he basically promised to give away the farm to Russia after his re-election.

This shows the world three things, none of which should be a surprise: one, Obama remains a dilletante on national security issues, putting off important decisions for his own convenience; two, he is happiest when putting the U.S. in a subservient position, rather than negotiating from strength; and three, he seems not just normally confident but absolutely convinced of his re-election.

Obama and the White House are backpedaling, trying to defend his remarks.

“I don’t think it’s any surprise that you can’t start that a few months before presidential and congressional elections in the United States and at a time when they just completed elections in Russia,” Obama told reporters.

Sure, it’s normal to make promises of “flexibility” to a foreign power pending your re-election. Busy, busy, busy, after all.

People who are aware of Obama’s many dalliances with socialists and communists in his inner circle and while growing up also can’t have missed the undertone of reporting to one’s superior that his comments to Medvedev had.

The apparent certainty with which he views his re-election should also raise the small hairs on the back of your neck. Obama has long been followed by rumors that he was “chosen” to be president long before he ever ran for the office.

Recently, World Net Daily ran an interview with a retired postman who used to deliver mail to the Ayers family — as in 1960s terrorist Bill Ayers. In the interview, former mail carrier Allen Hulton talked about meeting a young man at Ayers’ home he believes was Barack Obama, who expressed that he was going to be president.

“It came across as if this young black male was telling me he was going to be president, almost as if it were the statement of a scientific fact that had already been determined, as if his being president had been already pre-arranged,” Hulton told WND.

Then there was the 2004 Democratic Convention, when Obama, still ostensibly a political nobody, was given a national stage and hailed by some in-the-know members of the press as the future of the Democratic Party.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and others have seized on the weakness Obama projects to foreign leaders. “Now when the president of the United States is speaking with the leader of Russia saying he can be more flexible after the election, that is an alarming and troubling development,” said Romney. “This is no time for our president to be pulling his punches with the American people and not telling us what heís intending to do with regards to our missile defense system.î

Of course, the middle-of-the-left-lane Romney also has an air of inevitability about him, being the liberal media’s pick for the GOP candidate, so a few grains of salt may be required when listening to him on this or any other issue.

What we need to get this country back on its feet is another Ronald Reagan, but if he exists, so far he’s nowhere in sight.