Skip to comments.Putin jokes Alaska too cold to annex
Posted on 04/18/2014 6:41:03 AM PDT by McGruff
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday jokingly implied that Alaska wasn't worth reunifying with Russia because it was too cold.
At a nearly four-hour, question-and-answer event, one submitted question for Putin asked if, following the annexation of Crimea, he had designs for the largest of the United States.
Are there any plans to annex Alaska to Russia? We would be very happy [about that], said Faina Ivanovna, drawing laughter from the crowd.
What would you need Alaska for? Putin said with a smile.
We are a northern country 70 percent of our territory is in the north and far north. You think Alaska is in the Southern Hemisphere? Its quite cold there, too, Putin said. Lets not be overly enthusiastic about it because if we have our people there, we will have to pay extra to our employees there because they live in the north.
Putin remarked that Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold, which he said wasnt that expensive.
A petition on the White House website calls for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and rejoin Russia. Since it was created in late March, nearly 42,500 people have signed it.
In the 19th century, some in the U.S. criticized Secretary of State William Seward's purchase of Alaska, calling it Sewards folly.
Thirty years later, however, a gold rush hit Alaska and it was seen as a valuable addition to the U.S. The sale has since been a sore spot for Russians.
Alaska is America.
Putin back off! Obama is a useless president.
2016 cannot get here soon enough.
Hey Putie. You can have California. Its not cold there. And New York, Massachussetts and New Jersey.
Where’s Bath-House Barry playing gold today...when a communist leader jokes about taking over part of the country he has sworn to defend?
Folks, don’t think for a moment that this is not completely orchestrated.
Obammie the Commie agrees with the Soviet ideology. He is pretending to fight back against Putin and the neo-EUSSR, but he is not. He wants the USSR to rise again, retake its bloc countries, and for Europe to be subservient to the neo-USSR and for the USA to be reduced to a dried up eastern Europe type of nation.
His red lines and sanctions are a farce.
Obammie the Commie is Putin’s enabler.
I’ve done oilfield design for north slope Alaska and for Northern Siberia. Siberia is colder.
Stewards folly(also Sewards Ice Box) was bought and payed for with $7M of hard earned American tax payer dollars that is probably equivalent to $7 trillion today. He knows it.
He respects Palin. She is more of a man than zer0 canl ever be and he respects powerful people. He has nothing but distain for the creep with the mom jeans
How do you like your boy president now, America? Your country is a Russian punchline.
I know, I know - as long as the EBT card stays charged up everything is copacetic.
The problem is President Beefcake would have to wear a shirt. He hates it when he can’t show off his shaved chest.
To even joke about annexing (stealing) an American state would have been unheard of before the “Age of Obama”.
Yeah but the girls are hotter.
“Come and keep your comrade warm.”
0bama was installed to facilitate the Soviet reunification. I have no doubt about that.
Wow. Putin is so arrogant. He has no fear whatsoever, and needn’t worry until 2016. It’s like a teen doing what he wants cause his parents are away.
“nearly 42,500 people have signed it”
My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that Ive signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
The sobering truth is that he could probably do it, and Obama would merely try to find a way to make sure that it doesn’t affect his legacy. Heck, he may sell it back for that same $7 million.
And when was the Alaskan Gold Rush?
Actually, he's useful. Just not for us.
I consider this mean. Your mother, sisters, aunts, wife etc will all get old and gray. Show them your work when you get a chance.
I believe it was a joke and has “0” validity.
Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books about the Alaskan Gold Rush.
Who wants to guess whom Putin respects more—Obama or Palin?
Putin is a reminder that our elections have consequences.
But will the masses get the message?
(I almost typed “massage”, how Freudian)
Just one slight change in your sentence... :0)
“Putin” and “Palin” differ only by two letters.
Is this significant? I don’t know....
You all can worry about the Russkies. I'm here in the interior and ain't worried about anything except when ice out will happen and when the Kings will arrive.
Too uneducated to care.
The democrat party is loving the Russian distraction from their idiocy. Meanwhile, the big zero in our White House continues to chip away at our Constitution while folks are suckered into the big red herring folly.
And Connecticut is to communist leaning.
I have likewise thought of that, a number of times.
It is just a coincidence, but will become an issue of some sort for stand-up comics if Palin is elected in 2016, and Putin is still in power.
(see no sign, that won’t happen)
In fact, I consider it likely.
And put those four letters together and it spells “Tula”, the name of a famous Russian arms factory. Coincidence? I think not.
I have a greater regard for every existing life form on the planet than I do for the loathsome, septic, sewage resembling POS Obamadork.
The man is slime.
Flush him (it) now...but beware, flush twice, it floats.
He was sending a clear message that he is not interested in a fight with the US.
The discussion of cold is a counterpoint. He is only interested in expanding south. Since that is toward Islam, I say let them focus on one another.
Of course, that says nothing about west, but I’ve stopped caring what happens to Europeans, whatever it is, it’s their problem and they asked for it.
It’s time to return to the Monroe Doctrine.
Alaska is cold:
” There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.”
How many taxpaying Alaskans would welcome Russia’s tax laws?
Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I like Putin’s routine. He’s a funny guy. I like it deadpan and ethnic. He’s sort of a younger Jackie Mason.
Let’s face it.
In a FR popularity contest with Caliph Baraq, Putin wins huge!
He could annex Minnesota, but we’re already too far communist for his liking.
Putin does have fear. He just doesn't have any for Obama. Nor does he have any for a nation stupid enough to elect this man. Twice.
Man could Russia pillage Alaska. They don’t care about native problems, caribou migrations or the environment.
There is more to patriotism, than just tax rates.
Not unless he pays for the relocation of all Cali Freepers to the place of their choice and the relocation of Free Republic hardware along with any upgrades that John deems necessary. ;-)