Wednesday, November 25, 2009

When you are the Prime Minister of Russia you have a LOT of freedom of speech

We read:
"Vladimir Putin has undiplomatically poked fun at the Georgian leader, Mikheil Saakashvili, saying that it may not be safe to wear a tie around him. Asked at a news conference in Yalta about Saakashvili's visit to Kiev last week, the Russian leader, who is known for his sharp tongue, said that the Georgian leader and Ukraine's fiercely pro-Western president, Vikor Yuschenko, should meet wearing open-necked shirts.

"The two presidents would be better off holding a dinner - if they are to hold it - without ties. Ties are pricey these days....Well, you understand what I mean," he said, eliciting laughter from officials and journalists. "Yuschenko's guest will scarf up his tie."

Putin was alluding to widely circulated video footage of Saakashvili with the tip of his tie ino his mouth, chewing on it as he waited to be interviewed last year. In 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Putin, who was in Yalta for talks with the Ukranian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, said that Yuschenko and Saakashvili would have much to talk about. "The fighters reminisced about past days and battles that they have lost together," he mused.


There is something I rather like about Putin. Being plainspoken may be part of it and he has certainly got a very skeptical eye. He is a very traditional Russian in many ways and frequently attends church. And unlike Obama, he never hesitates to stand up for his country. Russia has got a LOT to apologize for but it is Obama who does the apologizing, not Putin.

The picture above is of Putin and the Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. Even at age 49, Yulia is quite a dish. Do an image search on her and you will see what I mean. She's rich too.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if those who actually thought Putin wasn't still in charge of Russia still believe that. He's old-school KGB, meaning, he doesn't give-up power and control, of anything! And you're right Jon, the US would be better off having Putin as our president, rather than the totally incompetent Marxist we now have.

Anonymous said...

And yes, she's pretty hot, even for a politician!

Anonymous said...

"rather than the totally incompetent Marxist we now have."

I fear you rather underestimate Obama. He is quite competent in what he does, but what he does is not to do the best possible job at being president.
What he does is put in a concerted effort at destroying the USA from the inside by ruining its economy in the long run, removing freedom and liberty, and perverting the democratic process.

Anonymous said...

I'd hit Yulia!

Anonymous said...

Yeah right... Obama is a leftist satan and this Soviet trained KGB operative is something to desire for. Gimme a break!

And JJR, I'm getting a weird feeling from your preference of political leaders. First Berlusconi and now Putin. It's like you think free press etc. is bad because it gives the other side a chance to speak as well. Kind of an unusual stance for a libertarian...