Skip to comments.Report: Russian President Putin 'infuriated' by Obama's 'bored kid' quip
Posted on 08/29/2013 2:08:19 AM PDT by Libloather
Russian president Vladimir Putin was "infuriated" by President Obama's joke that he looked "like the bored kid in the back of the classroom," according to a Kremlin official quoted anonymously by the New York Times.
The report comes as the United States weighs a military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria a move that Russian officials have warned President Obama against. Russia is expected to block any attempt to get authorization for a strike in the United Nations Security Council, where Moscow holds veto power.
Obama made the comment earlier this summer during a showdown with Putin over Edward Snowden, the former U.S. defense contractor who leaked top-secret details of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. Putin ultimately opted to grant Snowden temporary asylum over the objections of Obama, and the president was asked about his working relationship with the Russian leader.
"I know the press likes to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. But the truth is that when we're in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive," Obama said.
The president insisted that he did not have "a bad personal relationship with Putin."
"When we have conversations, theyre candid, theyre blunt; oftentimes, theyre constructive," Obama continued.
0’s getting a little too big for his pants. Someone’s going to knock that block off one day. In view of the current tensions in the Midde East, maybe not the best choice and a lottle unpofessional but thats just IMO of course.
If Putin was really angry, he’d release what he knows about Obama.
He’s not that angry.
Just a simple bet....but I’m of the mind that the latest and greatest of Russian technology is quietly sitting in Syria...manned by the Russian engineers...and the US will quietly find themselves in a hole as this ‘little war’ starts up. All you need is three or four US aircraft knocked down in the first day, and there’s bound to be a bunch of explaining that the Pentagon and the President has to do.
And you really wouldn’t want to be the President, trying to find the right words to excuse the mess you walked into.
For Putin, Syria is a demonstration show. If you think anything less, then you are wrong.
Yep, I just heard the same reported on the early edition of Fox and Friends or whatever the program is called.
The Russkies are the Masters at lying, deceit and disinformation.
Pee-in-his-pants Putin couldn't care less what the Amateur American President says or does. He knows he's playing chess with kid who only knows checkers.
Putin is too experienced to get caught up in a name-calling argument. This is BS.
He is just waiting for Obama to screw up, which he has been doing since January 2009. It's just a matter of time before Obama paints himself into a box which he has done now.
calling a world class martial artist names just isn’t smart... and i’m pretty sure Putin doesn’t care what 0bama thinks.
makes me wonder... would we end up at war if putin b*tch slapped 0bama the next time they met? i can’t remember the last time a county went to war due to a personal insult/assault of its leader
Obama really is a screw-up, isn’t he.
Imagine Mr. Obama in the place of President Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, in the place of President Nixon during the Six Day War, in the place of President Ford during the tree cutting incident in Korea, or in the place of President Truman during the Berlin Airlift.
I hope Putin performs a Global Judo Flip on this loser.
broncobozo is shooting his mouth off, but only his media operatives give a damn.
Putin is keeping his powder dry.
Sounds like a planted story by the Clown...trying to make him appear to be a player.
A LAUGHINGSTOCK IN PARIS
I wish, for once, someone like Putin would bust up our Present...
I want America to always be great, proud and respected, in a way that leaves everyone looking to business with us or taking a step backward if we get in the mood to bitch slap em...
Putin looks like a cross between Andrew McCulkin (home alone) and Dobby (house elf from harry potter).
Putin says he will strike Saudi Arabia if the US hits Syria. After all, not using chemical weapons should make you a target.
The only thing to do is to call his bluff, and hit Syria with nukes. I am sure this will end well.
Assad vs. Al Queda, Hmmm. Like Hitler vs. Stalin. Can we be sure that they both lose? Hitler solved our moral problem by declaring war on the US after Pear Harbor. Perhaps Assad is more clever than Hitler.
Theres etiquette for being a world leader. You never, never say anything bad about another world leader. Thats because you will, at some point, need that leaders cooperation for something. Therefore, a bad history between the two of you is unacceptable. Controlling any potentially negative message is probably why you dont see any other world leaders on popular gossip shows. You, as a world leader, have no idea how the show might edit your comments to achieve ratings. Therefore, the WL wisdom is to stay clear. Had Obama paid his dues, spent more years in lesser positions, he’d know how to behave. This is one problem with affirmative action in politics. Candidates arrive in positions they’re unqualified to fill.
Rules are different for leaders like Chavez, Castro and Ahmadinejad. Their countries are outliers on the political fringe and they cant further harm their standing by being critical of other world leaders. From this perspective, Obama is in their league more so than in Putins league.
Every time we use a cruise missile, we lose an aircraft.
A cruise missile is an aircraft.
I hope we don’t use very many cruise missiles supporting Al Queda.
Of course we could provide chemical weapons to Al Queda to use against Assad. What could go wrong with that?
Better would be to glass the whole country from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.
Attention Tel Aviv City: Cleanup needed on aisle 'BO'.
First of all, the “bored kid at the back of the classroom” is often that way because he’s way ahead of the rest of the class.
Second, way to kick that hornet’s nest, Mr. President. Kick harder, why don’t you? What’s the worst that could happen?
And you really wouldnt want to be the President, trying to find the right words to excuse the mess you walked into.
I wish both Obama and Putin would just go to Siberia and never come back. Both of these leaders are crap. Sure Putin is great on gay rights but he is a mess otherwise. I know some are thinking he is wonderful but not me. He needs to become a capitalist and conservative big time before I will start praising the guy and even then....not guaranteed.
Theres etiquette for being a world leader. You never, never say anything bad about another world leader.
Your right. The next President is going to have to have his work cut out for him. First visit is Russia....nope I don’t want him to kiss Putin’s ass but we don’t need Russia being a foe.
Odumbass and Putin have cut a deal pre-second term election.
Has everyone forgot Odumbass’s comment about being more flexible with Putin after he won the re-election?
The deal is in on Syria and the oil deal between Russia and Saudia Arabia has been cut.
Pipelines have been closed down entering Libya so all is good.
And all the media can report on is that the price of oil is going up because of SYRIA not Libya’s pipelines being shut in.
Anything like that would just give Obama a way to bring his former supporters back into the fold. His current warmongering is eroding his support. Putin took Snowden in after letting Obama squirm and look foolish for just long enough.
It's the chess player vs the street thug. The chess master will find a time and place to further erode Obama's authority. JMHO
He does now. What an idiot.
Better push the Reset Button again.
You have no such friend in Putin any longer sparky... wtf are you going to do when the bear puts his boot up your moochie place?
Actually, I am having the same suspicion. That is one way things can get out of control.
No one here thinks that pootie is wonderful... we all know he is kgb and has evil intent... he is a communist... but he loves Russia and obama hates America... we just know that he is not obama because as bad as pootie is... he is not and never will be obama... obama is just that bad.
there ya go
as long as they can hold their cards about obama and use them to control our govt which are all complicit in letting him be elected or are paralyzed with fear over “riots” by the folks if the poser is removed- then Putin will not play those cards
“All you need is three or four US aircraft knocked down in the first day, and theres bound to be a bunch of explaining that the Pentagon and the President has to do.”
He and Kerry will simply blame it on a video and then lock up the video maker for years.
At this point, what difference would it make? Obama is going to finish out his second term period. Wish it were otherwise, but let’s be real.
I’m sure Putin can do other things that can/will make Obama’s life very difficult. I think Obama’s mistake is thinking he can treat Putin the same as the likes of McCain and Romney.
So much for that “reset” eh Barky?
a very interesting read, akin to a Tom Clancy novel
If obama handlers had any concerns about Langley, since his first term they moved to consolidate their control and suppress dissent by turning the NSA into their personal KGB, using it against the CIA’s own (Petraeus) and moving a “cleaner” (John Brennan) and his capo’s in to handle things-
polygraphs of Benghazi players every other month? administrative waterboarding!
LOL! We’d all be shocked and awed if we knew what terms the Russians (and Iranians and North Koreans etc) REALLY used to describe our potus, wouldn’t we?
Not know for their PC views of racial mixing
“monkey with a hand grenade” being a mild hint
I bet that UN chatter has some real interesting stuff
Yup. I’m guessing that Syria has lots of advanced Russian hardware they are saving for a Rainy day. If they were smart, they trained their crews in Russia vs. turning it on in Syria for our ELINT to pick up.
I’d also be worried about anti-ship missiles.
Obama would blame it all on the sequester. And the MSM would echo it, ignoring that it was his decision to go to war.
I saw Obama say that too and the immaturity of it all is unbelievable.
Make no mistake about it; Putin loves Obama. Obama is the most incompetent POTUS in history and Putin continues to run circles around him.
Putin needs to enhance the attractiveness of the Russian arms industry, which used to be a major source of exports. This might be the way to do it.
Then Obama would have to explain how he thought it was acceptable to send US forces to initiate an attack against a country which had not attacked Americans, without Congressional OK.
Great post, General. Thanks for taking the time to post a cogent observation.
Seriously? That would be hysterical.
Mr. Putin must not appreciate Great Leader’s condescending Greatness. Mr. Putin should learn to love Great Leader, as we here in the US have.
Yep, I reckon blaming everything on the previous president or the current foot-dragging House Republicans won't cut it if American planes are shot down.
Not that I think any jets will fly over Syria. Stealth bombers, maybe.