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George W. Bush: Vladimir Putin ‘dissed’ Barney the dog
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Posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

George W. Bush: Vladimir Putin ‘dissed’ Barney the dog By: Tal Kopan April 4, 2014 08:13 AM EDT

Former President George W. Bush is unveiling a new painting exhibit Saturday that features some of his renderings of the world leaders he worked with during his time in office, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Vladimir Putin, yeah, I met with him a lot during the presidency,” Bush said as he described the painting during an interview with his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, for NBC’s “Today” show. “I got to know him very well. I had a good relationship throughout, it became more tense as time went on.”

Previewing the never-before-seen works, including by the leaders depicted themselves, Bush said the paintings reflect his relationships with the leaders.

“Vladimir’s a person who in many ways views the U.S. as an enemy,” Bush said. “And although he wouldn’t say that, I felt that he viewed the world as either the U.S. benefits and Russia loses or vice-versa. I tried of course to dispel him of that notion.”

Bush said he learned some of Putin’s character when he introduced the Russian leader to another one of his favorite painting subjects: his dog Barney.

“Our dear dog Barney, who has a special spot in my heart. I introduced him to Putin: Putin kind of dissed him,” Bush told his daughter. “‘You call that a dog?’ A year later, your mom and I go to visit Vladimir at his Dacha outside of Moscow and he says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish Terrier. And Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
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I'll skip my anecdote............
1 posted on 04/04/2014 7:42:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope George didn’t show him his pocket knife.

Dat’s Not a knife. Dis is a KNIFE!!!


2 posted on 04/04/2014 7:45:27 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sub-Driver

Well...Barney was kind of foo-foo.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 7:46:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

grrrrrrr wooof


4 posted on 04/04/2014 7:48:41 AM PDT by woofie
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To: BenLurkin

Not a big Putin fan, but got to go with Vlad on the dog thing.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama takes a selfie. Putin takes Crimea.)
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To: BenLurkin

Well he did bite a reporter.


6 posted on 04/04/2014 7:49:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sub-Driver

Geez....It was humor.....I say that to everyone that has a weiner dog.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 7:52:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sub-Driver

I know what you’re thinking...and I’m not sure who would have won


8 posted on 04/04/2014 7:54:04 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Yes, that was a great moment.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 7:54:18 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’”

LOL sounds to me Putin has inferiority complex.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 7:58:56 AM PDT by sagar
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Does all make you wonder what he’s compensating for. Maybe Vlad’s meat department is short on sirloin?


12 posted on 04/04/2014 8:03:56 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: BenLurkin

Terriers are all heart and won’t back down from a bigger dog. You have to admire the kamikaze spirit in them.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 8:09:07 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Sub-Driver

Barney was foo-foo. If it’s around the size of a football, it’s not a real dog.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 8:12:49 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: Obadiah
Not a big Putin fan, but got to
go with Vlad on the dog thing.
where's a dog-shootin' LEO, when you need him...

15 posted on 04/04/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Sub-Driver
"And Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’”

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And Putin looks at Obama and says that Russia is 'Bigger, stronger and faster' than Obama's America.

Obama is a yipping world lapdog.

Putin rides from the back of bears! (Was that a photoshop? If not, still totally believable!)

16 posted on 04/04/2014 8:18:31 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: katana
Personally, I think it's his pronounced lack of chin:

It gives him a permanent pout.

17 posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:19 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

It’s always been his eyes for me. He’s one of those people with darkness behind the eyes. A window to the soul? Perhaps.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 8:29:05 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: BenLurkin
"Well...Barney was kind of foo-foo."

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Mr. h and I have two of the silliest foo-foos in the world!

One weighs in at 8 lb; the other's fighting weight is around 20 lb.

I tell you, they will tear your ankles off! Unless they are running around the house with either my shoes of Mr. h's shoes.

Man, they love teasing and running around with our shoes and socks - especially when they see both me and Mr. h getting dressed to leave the house together. Esp. when we are in a hurry.

They will steal our shoes and socks as we are trying to put them on.

I bet they would do the same to Putin. Our canines are not xenophobic! But, I'd hate to see Putin's dogs up against ours.

Our dogs are patriots but no match for any of Putin's hounds, who are probably as KGB as Putin.

19 posted on 04/04/2014 8:36:48 AM PDT by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: BenLurkin

What exactly is foo-foo about a Scottie?


20 posted on 04/04/2014 8:55:03 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Tallguy

We have a three and a half pound Maltese, and the whole planet should rejoice that he’s not 90 pounds and four times larger in size: I’d let him outside to potty and he come back later on carrying human body parts and automobile tires in his mouth, probably.

Utterly fearless beast with a strict sense of guard dog duty and an enormous ‘little guy’ chip on his shoulder. Flies into combat at the drop of a hat.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 9:01:51 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Obadiah

Not a big Putin fan, but got to go with Vlad on the dog thing.

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Same here. Silly little dog for a grown man.


22 posted on 04/04/2014 9:10:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Being President is also about optics. Therefore, a President with real balls should not have cutesy designer dogs around them, but instead, Schutzhund III degree'd working dogs, like this one.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 9:28:48 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

“What exactly is foo-foo about a Scottie?”

I know... it’s an alligator with hair. I’ve seen what they can do to large farm rats and even ground hogs.

Vlad’s got to know that you need the right size dog for the job. A Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) ain’t going to cut it when you need a tunnel rat (Vietnam reference).


24 posted on 04/04/2014 9:30:54 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: sagar

Yeah he needs a big truck.

At my son’s high school, the guy with the biggest truck is rumored to have the biggest “set”. Guys try to get a really big truck so they can have the honor. This year, the biggest truck award goes to.....my son’s girlfriend’s F250.
When she pulls into the lot, you see people deflate. It’s her dad’s truck.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 9:37:05 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought Barney was Laura’s dog.


26 posted on 04/04/2014 9:51:27 AM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: Tallguy

I have a mixed terrier and she is just as you said - feisty and won’t back down, regardless of the size of the other dog She tried to take on a huge German Shepherd last week. That do would have eaten her for lunch, but she stood her ground. Bless her heart. Fortunately, that over-sized shepherd wasn’t hungry.


27 posted on 04/04/2014 10:02:04 AM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Bigger, stronger and faster”

That was pretty much the Soviet’s attempted strategy for then entire cold war.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 10:03:35 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Sub-Driver

Putin did the same thing to Obama. He brought his dog out and said “This is a dog”. Obama pushed Michele forward and said “No this is a dog”. Putin capitulated.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 10:11:29 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Bush should have responded “Vlad, it’s a dog, not a penis.”


30 posted on 04/04/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Hey Vlad, I see that big dog of yours. Got any BBQ sauce” -Barry Obama


31 posted on 04/04/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Catsrus

Bigger dogs are often bemused & confused when confronted by a small dog that’s “all-in” for combat.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 10:25:03 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: The KG9 Kid
We have a three and a half pound Maltese, and the whole planet should rejoice that he’s not 90 pounds and four times larger in size: I’d let him outside to potty and he come back later on carrying human body parts and automobile tires in his mouth, probably

Awww. Here's mine, though he's 5 pounds. He's not particularly a tough guy, though he fears almost nothing.


33 posted on 04/04/2014 10:34:07 AM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: Tallguy; ZirconEncrustedTweezers; BenLurkin
“What exactly is foo-foo about a Scottie?”

I know... it’s an alligator with hair.

An alligator with hair, LOL. As someone who owned Scotties for many years, that's one of the best descriptions I've ever heard. When the first breeders were setting the genes that would eventually result in the AKC-recognized Scottie breed, this is how they decided which of their stock to use for furthering the desired breed characteristics: they'd put a live badger into a closed barrel. Then they'd put the Scottie dog into the barrel with the badger. If the Scottie dog lived, they used it for breeding.

34 posted on 04/04/2014 10:43:43 AM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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To: Sub-Driver
Scottish terriers aren't for everyone but Barney sure protected and loved his master, and he DID go after that reporter!!


35 posted on 04/04/2014 10:49:10 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: lonevoice
My shih-tzu is exactly the same. We have a large police dog/pit bull mix and my little 20-lb. shih-tzu is the protector of the house and completely fearless of anyone or anything. He's been known to take on dogs four times his size!!

He literally would protect us with his little life:


36 posted on 04/04/2014 10:53:39 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: lonevoice

Yup. As a group, terriers are feisty little buggers. You could make a case for a Yorkie being a “foo-foo” dog, but remember that group also includes the dreaded pit bull!


37 posted on 04/04/2014 10:54:10 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Bon of Babble

As I recall, shih tzus were originally bred as guard dogs.


38 posted on 04/04/2014 10:54:55 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Bon of Babble

That’s because they were bred to kill vermin.


39 posted on 04/04/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

When he gets on the back of the couch to look up and down the street for intruders and guard the house — I tell people he’s looking for YETI.

They were indeed, bred to guard temples in Nepal and Tibet.


40 posted on 04/04/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: Bigg Red

I love dogs, big and small. I personally think it’s a mistake to look for validation of manhood in a dog. A strong man doesn’t need a 4x4, or a fierce breed of dog, to be strong.

When Bush was president, his military was the biggest, meanest dog on the block.


41 posted on 04/04/2014 11:16:27 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Pit Bull: scaled-up terrier meant for bigger game. Bears, wild boar, etc.

Most dog breeds were developed in a pre-industrial era when dogs were customized to perform tasks around the farm. ie. herding, hunting, controlling vermin, etc.

Form follows function.


42 posted on 04/04/2014 11:38:34 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

That makes me wonder: just what function was a Chihuahua bred for, aside from fitting into a woman’s purse?


43 posted on 04/04/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

That’s pretty much it. The Toy Breeds were bred small basically for companionship. That the one breed grouping which (for the most part) lacks a “common job”. Toys are all over the map.

Yorkshire Terriers are considered “Toys” by the AKC, but that’s more like the NFL trying to ‘balance’ the number of teams per division, conference.

Similar thing goes on with the “Non-Sporting” group. Standard Poodles were originally developed for hunting water fowl. By rights they should be a “Sporting” Breed with all the other “Gun Dogs”. But I suspect that was a numbers game too. The fact that Poodles have outrageous hairdo’s probably making them show-pieces probably also has something to do with it.


44 posted on 04/04/2014 12:26:13 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

Knowing the sort of lives most poodles lead nowadays, I found it rather interesting when I learned they were originally bred as hunting dogs.


45 posted on 04/04/2014 12:33:16 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Standard Poodles are incredibly smart dogs. Sadly there seems to be more demand to out-cross them with labrador or golden retrievers to get a cross with a low-dander coat. I guess if it keeps a worthy breed alive then it’s worth it?

I have a neutered male Portuguese Water Dog. Some say that they are a close cousin to the Standard Poodle. Another ‘smart’ dog. But it’s a dangerous kind of smart. He figures things out (like how to poach food when I’m not looking or how to let himself out of a gated fence). Plus he was raised with terriers and that messed with his psyche a bit!


46 posted on 04/04/2014 12:40:07 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

A friend of mine had a beagle who was old and slow (he passed late last year). Except when there was food within easy reach; I saw him steal a tri-tip right off the grille once.


47 posted on 04/04/2014 12:46:26 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Tallguy
One of the neighbors has a Labradoodle. That dog is the most beta submissive dog I've ever met when it's around other dogs. With people, it jumps into their laps.

However, it chases deer. (woof woof whine woof howl woof woof). It runs out to the electric fence border, jumps up, and starts barking. The deer stare and ignore the dog aware of the fence for some reason.

48 posted on 04/04/2014 12:51:08 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

My PWD has perfected the art of the ‘quick frisk’. Any person who doesn’t know him is going to have every pocket poked & sniffed as he passes by. He should be working for the TSA — nothing would get buy him (although I suspect some women might be offended).


49 posted on 04/04/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Bigg Red

Here’s some sage advice I gave my children, “do not own a dog that can take a bigger crap than you can.”


50 posted on 04/04/2014 1:18:00 PM PDT by tupac (the crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe)
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