Perhaps most curious in Seoul was the absence of rapport between Presidents Obama and Medvedev. On the heels of a crushing Congressional defeat, Obama may not believe that his time to govern is perhaps limited.
European leaders however understood the election message.
So much for the idea that Europeans don’t understand American style governance. Therefore it seems pointless to plan or cooperate with a lame duck. Better to wait for his replacement and gauge the mood of American voters at that time.
Because of time constraints, Russian President Medvedev limited his working meetings on the summit’s sidelines to discussing issues of mutual interest with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.