Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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There's something about Putin
The last time I was in Europe, reliable sources told me an interesting tale.
Angela Merkel apparently has a fear of dogs. Vladimir Putin is aware of this fact. Therefore, whenever Putin meets with Merkel in Moscow, he makes sure his pet dogs are in the room. [UPDATE: Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell confirms this tale.]
Sound absurd? Consider that Putin has had some odd moments in his personal interactions with Westerners. There was the day he walked away with the Super Bowl ring, and of course the "I was able to get a sense of his soul" moment with George W. Bush.
All of this pales, however, before Putin's effect on new French President Nikolas Sarkozy. After a lunch with Putin, Sarkozy gave a press conference. The opening of it can be seen here:For non-French speakers, here's the gist of it:
reporter: I would like to show you the beginning of the press conference held by french president Nicolas Sarkozy at the end of the summit. He just had lunch with the russian president Vladimir Putin and it seems that he had more to drink than water.Still, give Sarkozy credit -- at least the man did not lose his watch. posted by Dan on 06.12.07 at 01:35 PM
I am not a native French speaker, so I may be wrong, but I think the reporter says "apparently, he didn't have anything to drink but water" ("n'avait pas bu que de l'eau"), instead of "it seems that he had more to drink than water". So it's not clear whether he was making fun of Sarkozy for being drunk or for being very weird without the excuse of being drunk.posted by: Celso on 06.12.07 at 01:35 PM [permalink]
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