Obama defends his seat at the big boy’s table: Putin hasn’t ‘rolled me’

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In an interview broadcast on Sunday, President Obama stood firm in his actions with “bad actors” around the world and said despite what some critics think, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not “rolled me.”

In what was her last show as host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Candy Crowley asked Obama to respond to the critics who question how he has handled Syria, Iran and even Russia.

“You know, and sort of down the line, Russia — he’s allowed Putin to move in and take Crimea,” Crowley said. “And here’s the gist of it. The gist of it is that you’re naive and they’re rolling you.”

(If only Crowley would have been this discerning when she was doing Obama’s heavy lifting in his debate with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.)

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“So this was said about Mr. Putin, for example, three or four months ago,” Obama responded. “There was a spate of stories about how he is the chess master and outmaneuvering the West and outmaneuvering Mr. Obama and this and that and the other. And right now, he’s presiding over the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis and a huge economic contraction.”

“That doesn’t sound like somebody who has rolled me or the United States of America,” he concluded.

The president went on to reject a “knee-jerk” response to situations — which will come as no surprise to anyone on the ground in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

“There is this knee-jerk sense, I think, on the part of some in the foreign policy establishment that, you know, shooting first and thinking about it second, uh, projects strength,” Obama said. “I disagree with that.”

Watch his remarks here via CNN:

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