NSNBC (March 26) reported that President Obama was overheard telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to “give him space" until after November during his meetings in South Korea on missile defense, and Time magazine (March 26) called Obama’s ‘Space’ Case “Gaffe of the Week.”
ABC news reported:
At his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile.
I have once heard “have elbow room” used to mean have freedom / flexibility of action (decision).
Is “give (get) space” commonly used as the equivalent to “give (get) flexibility”?