Presidents Caught Off Guard by the Hot Mic — PICTURES

March 26, 2012, 4:45 p.m.

Al­ways as­sume the mic is hot. Or at least as­sume, if you’re in pub­lic, that re­port­ers can hear what you say and that you’re be­ing re­cor­ded.

Pres­id­ent Obama’s re­marks this week in South Korea to Rus­si­an Pres­id­ent Dmitry Med­ve­dev are only the latest ex­ample of politi­cians mak­ing com­ments that reached a lar­ger audi­ence than they in­ten­ded.