Well, I guess that even an American president is allowed to get angry once in a while…. But when US President Barak Obama last night called Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a “jackass” and a “dick,” it was probably not the best time or place to burst out opinions like that. It is certainly not good for the atmosphere and the negotiation climate at the ongoing G20 meeting in St. Petersburg.
“If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,”
This was not what the reporters at the joint press conference by Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin after day one of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg was expecting. actually, they seemed quite shocked by the uncharacteristic behaviour of the US president who suddenly unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.
“Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass. Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama continued.. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.”
“If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,” Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. “Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.”
Personally, I think this calls for a little fact checking. I do not know what Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Cameron actually thinks of Mr. Putin. And I definitively do not know what the Turkish guy think!
However, if anyone should know it has to be Mr. Obama and his friends at the NSA.
FULL STORY@ The New Yorker
Anyway…the G20 meeting is over, I presume_
- War overshadows economy as G20 leaders meet (sacbee.com)
- Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel at the G20 summit (rbth.ru)
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