Medvedev: Working with comrade Obama has been the ‘best three years’ for U.S.-Russian relations in a long time

posted at 7:45 pm on April 1, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

Throughout the 2008 campaign Barack Obama promised that if elected he would ‘restore our standing’ in the world. I’m not sure all of our allies feel the same way, but as far as Russia is concerned: mission accomplished.

My colleague Barack Obama and I have once again had a constructive discussion of the various issues on the international agenda and on bilateral cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States.

I said that although there are varying assessments of the reset in relations that has been much spoken about over these last three years, I think that we have accomplished very useful work over this time. These have perhaps been the best three years in relations between our two countries over the last decade.

This is an excerpt from prepared remarks delivered by outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the close of the nuclear security summit in South Korea at the beginning of this week. So in a way it’s old news – in Russia – where the highlighted statement by Medvedev was splashed across numerous headlines. But curiously, there was nary a mention of it in the U.S. media. You’d think this sort of lavish praise for President Obama would be considered newsworthy, if for no other reason that the statement was also an implicit criticism of the Bush Administration. Was our media too busy covering (up) Obama’s ‘hot mic’ gaffe to mention this? Because if anything the president’s gaffe makes this statement by Medvedev even more newsworthy. Since it clearly suggests that the Russian government would relish the prospect of even more ‘flexibility’ under a second Obama term. If three years were so great, why not eight?

I think the White House realizes that the optics of these cozy little interchanges between Obama and Medvedev are really not good for the president. They can mock Mitt Romney all they want, but most Americans voters grew up in an era where Russia was our primary political ‘foe’. And it’s not lost on most Americans that the Russian government has continued to be a thorn in our side in dealing with Iran, Syria, and a host of other global challenges. Nor is it lost on most Americans that Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, has effectively presided over the Russian government for more than a dozen years now. If concern over Russia’s foreign policy intentions is based on caricature, it’s a caricature the Russian government has done absolutely nothing to dispel through their actions in recent years.

Given the concessions already made by the Obama Administration on missile defense, and the new START treaty, not to mention our support of Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization, it’s hardly surprising that the Russians would have such a favorable view of U.S. policy over the past 3 years. But I’m pretty sure most Americans don’t view Russian policy towards the U.S. in the same favorable light, nor do they place much value on restoring our standing in the world, especially when it comes at the price of weakening our defenses.

Like certain other fulfilled campaign promises (ahem, ObamaCare), this one is also a political loser. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this.


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April Foolskys.

The Nerve on April 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Get the Marxist out of the White House.

rbj on April 1, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Brutal attack on O’Bozo. Thanks Medvedevski!

Jaibones on April 1, 2012 at 7:52 PM

So 0bama has Pravda, Medvedev, Ahmajinedad, Chavez, the Muslim Brotherhood, Mugabe, and many other totalitarian dictators.

jukin3 on April 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Ahhhhh, Tovarich! What’s a few Poles among friends, eh. Come have a flexible drink on my dime, BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!!!!!!!1

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Wow, the ruskies really got uptight when Romney started rattling the sabres. I’m sure Putin likes putting Obama on his knee when they negotiate.

rubberneck on April 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Obama campaign slogan for 2012:

The Russkies Love Me! You Should Too!

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Of course it is from his side – Obama doesn’t put up a fight and they get what they want.

ABO baby ABO

gophergirl on April 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Medvedev: Working with comrade Obama has been the ‘best three years’ for U.S.-Russian relations in a long time

The second best reason I can think of for dumping this bum. The first is to enable us to bail out of astronomical debt and the resultant dependent, welfare state mentality-social cancer at its worst..

MaiDee on April 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… or the GOP candidates could use this to smack Obowma and the entire Democrat Party right in the face with this.

What…?

…, oh.

Seven Percent Solution on April 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

That’s like the New England Patriots saying it’s been the best 6 years for Bills-Patriots relations.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Barack Obame – best president ever…of Russia.

kjl291 on April 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Good, he manages to make friends rather than enemies. Whether it’s Cameron or Medvedev.

lester on April 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Medvedev: Working with comrade Obama has been the ‘best three years’ for U.S.-Russian relations in a long time

Of course it has been. The Russians for the first time since the Carter years have been able to get just about everything they wanted.

coldwarrior on April 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I, naively, hope that the RNC is making a huge ad buy showing this later?

Nah, that would ungentlemanly…which is why when the Caller ID shows RNC, I don’t answer. I’ll donate direct to LTC West.

Dingbat63 on April 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Russian nickname for Øblama: Clueless.

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM

So let’s attack Russia shall we!

Uppereastside on April 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Good, he manages to make friends rather than enemies. Whether it’s Cameron or Medvedev.
lester on April 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Friends? Like the Czech’s, Polish, and Ukrainian’s he going to sellout in order to “make friends” with yet, another dictatorship?

You lefties make me ill.

jawkneemusic on April 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Russian nickname for Øblama: Clueless.

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Obama has given Russia exactly what it wants, of course they are happy!

Neo on April 1, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

If I didn’t know better I’d say you’re attempting to change la topica.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:22 PM

infact sarah can see russia from her house…
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Now that is funny stuff…right there…

Electrongod on April 1, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Let me guess, your two main sources of news are SNL and The Daily Show?

pedestrian on April 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Russian nickname for Øblama: Clueless.
ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM

No, it’s Comrade.

For the Muslims it’s Brother.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

So Biden claimed today:

I mean, we have disagreements with Russia, but they’re united with us on Iran.

So Iran claimed today:

Iran’s relations with Russia will witness a “leap” with Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin, the Fars reported, citing Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

Confused? I am.

rubberneck on April 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom is Tina Fey. Who knew?

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

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Oh look, a clueless SNL sex joke with Chimpy McBush as part of the daisy chain known as liberal degradation and sexual self-loathing. It’s been done before, chump, and by people who aren’t premature adjudicators like you. Go clean up, you look silly.

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

What a tiresome loser you are.

Aviator on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Plus Meddie just loves the way Barry bites the pillow.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Confused? I am.

rubberneck on April 1, 2012 at 8:23 PM

That’s because you are assuming that Biden is on our side.

pedestrian on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

WHEN YOUR NATION’S FOES ARE YOUR PRESIDENT’S PALS, THE YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM.

AMERICA: WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

reliapundit on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Why shouldn’t the Russian be happy? They’ve gotten everything they’ve wanted so far.

GarandFan on April 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

.
And take off your mother’s stockings and high heels – you will ruin them.

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Birds of a feather…

Sorta not OT:

“The idea that there’s this overwhelming additional security in the ownership and carrying concealed and deadly weapons. . . I think it’s the premise, not the constitutional right, but the premise that it makes people safer is one that I’m not so sure of,” Biden said.

Isn’t it odd how, even when someone is incoherent, you can still tell he wants your guns?

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Friends? Like the Czech’s, Polish, and Ukrainian’s he going to sellout in order to “make friends” with yet, another dictatorship?

You lefties make me ill.

jawkneemusic on April 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

EXACTLY.

reliapundit on April 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

when putin puts rears his head up 0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Knowing that his head’s up his rear, he gets tongue tied when those words are too close in a sentence.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

This is an excerpt from prepared remarks delivered by outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev

It’s just the Russian’s playing head games. They read the papers, they watch the news, they get the American’s reaction to the hot mic episode. The Russians’ know this is an election year. What do people expect, the Russian’s not to exploit Obama’s recent admission when he thought no one could hear him?

If the Russians were really happy with Obama, they would just keep their mouths shut and scowl. They know praise for him makes him suspect in the eyes of Americans.

Obviously they think it’s pretty easy to manipulate American public opinion. There are many reasons to not vote for Obama in November Fake Green Energy Agenda – Choking the economy from recovery, attacking the first amendment with a lame contraceptive mandate, to name a few. Whether or not the Russians approve or disapprove of Obama, doesn’t even enter into my calculations. I don’t trust Putin or his puppet as far as I can spit.

Dr Evil on April 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Doesn’t Medvedev realize that this will hurt Obama here? I thought he wanted him re-elected?

JAM on April 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

he gets tongue tied when those words are too close in a sentence.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

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That would make him both flexible and tasteless, correct?

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I think the White House realizes that the optics of these cozy little interchanges between Obama and Medvedev are really not good for the president

indeed….

RNC, do your job

cmsinaz on April 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I see a Romney Campaign commercial: “The Supporters and Friends of Obama“.

profitsbeard on April 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Obama approval rating among 3rd world dictators: 100%

The Rogue Tomato on April 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Was our media too busy covering (up) Obama’s ‘hot mic’ gaffe to mention this?

yepper….nothingburger to them….

cmsinaz on April 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

let’s focus on romney and his elevator for his cars instead
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

That would make him both flexible and tasteless, correct?
ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:32 PM

You’ll have to ask him how it tastes… I don’t think it’s tasteless, IYKNWMAITYD.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM

“Comrade Nevezhestvennyi (Clueless) Obama-the People’s Hero.”

MaiDee on April 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

He’s like, “Should I breathe through my mouth or my nose…?”

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

It’s funny how liberals really still believe Palin said that. Just goes to show they are the most uninformed group of people on the planet.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

This is too close to the truth (as all good satire is):
http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/communists-sue-democratic-party-for-stealing-platform-t5149.html

onlineanalyst on April 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

obamaderangementsyndrome

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

It’s funny how liberals really still believe Palin said that. Just goes to show they are the most uninformed group of people on the planet.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Nah. They know the truth. They’re just lying, disingenuous turds.

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

They’re like a convicted criminal who lies, even though e.g. his ex-wife’s head was found in his freezer, who swears he doesn’t know how it got there in the forlorn hope that someone, somewhere, will believe that he at least believes what he’s saying.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

obamaderangementsyndrome

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

He’s just watching LSM.

Electrongod on April 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

He’s just watching LSM. Electrongod on April 1, 2012 at 8:43 PM

!!!

It’s like, a synonym!

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

And yet so many people believe them. Sad, really.

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Vladimir: “You have good teknique Obowmaa…”

Obowma: “Mmph… Mmph… Mmph… (swallow… gasp) Thank you, Vlad (inhales deeply) Mmph… Mmph… Mmph…”

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

And yet so many people believe them. Sad, really.
predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Oh yeah, that’s the other side of the coin, the “OJ didn’t do it” crowd, politically speaking.

Spot on.

Come sit in the front row for the rest of the day.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

The most superfluous sarc tag in Hot Gas history.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

This is too close to the truth (as all good satire is):
http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/communists-sue-democratic-party-for-stealing-platform-t5149.html

onlineanalyst on April 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

.
Wasn’t there an article last week about the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA having donations links directly to the Obama for America website?

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Wasn’t there an article last week about the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA having donations links directly to the Obama for America website? ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Didn’t see that, though there’s no reason to doubt it.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom is Tina Fey. Who knew?

predator on April 1, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Say hello to my little troll.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Wasn’t there an article last week about the Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA having donations links directly to the Obama for America website? ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Didn’t see that but there’s no reason to doubt it.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Sorry, when posts disappear I re-post…

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Ah! Here it is! And look how the links redirect now!

ExpressoBold on April 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Poland is rooting for Romney… I can’t blame them one bit…

Khun Joe on April 1, 2012 at 9:16 PM

So I guess the real democrat ticket we are looking at is:

Putin/Obama 2012

Be afraid…be very afraid.

kjl291 on April 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

…I know…don’t tell me!…you got your GED in Journalism at Harvard!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Friends? Like the Czech’s, Polish, and Ukrainian’s he going to sellout in order to “make friends” with yet, another dictatorship?

You lefties make me ill.

jawkneemusic on April 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Making friends with dictators has been cornerstone of US foreign policy for the last 50 years. That’s nothing new.

lester on April 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Picture caption:

Morning in Moscow?

Indeed. Those two guys are BOTH puppets of Putin.

I bet Obama wakes up each morning and asks himself, “What would Putin do?”

ITguy on April 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Everyone loves working with a Surrender-monkey. Everyone.

Working with a traitor is even better. Isn’t it. :)

petefrt on April 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I had to check out these remarks in Russian to see if Medvedev actually used the word “comrade.” He didn’t, but he said “my friend and colleague, Barack Obama…” Translations are seldom exact, but it’s curious that the word “friend” was left out of the English translation.

Here’s the original:

milmom25 on April 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

The link didn’t show up. I’ll spell it out:

kremlin.ru/news/14840

milmom25 on April 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Wipe your chin

HotAirian on April 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Making friends with dictators has been cornerstone of US foreign policy for the last 50 years. That’s nothing new.

lester on April 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

If you think that then you admit you have absolutely no comprehension of foreign policy in this country. Making friends with our antagonists has only become apparent during this administration.

I guess you think our policy towards the “axis of evil” as it’s been actually called for the past 50 years just flies right over your head. When President Reagan deplored Russia’s government and demanded that it tear down the wall in East Germany you probably thought that was all chummy and warm and fuzzy. Right? Of course not. So we are left to believe you are either outright lying or willfully ignorant. Which is it?

HotAirian on April 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Be nice everyone!

After all, it’s always nice to hear words of praise from your employers.

BlaxPac on April 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Why shouldn’t the Russian be happy? They’ve gotten everything they’ve wanted so far.

GarandFan on April 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

My thoughts exactly. Why wouldn’t you think a relationship is going along great when you get everything you want and don’t have to give up a thing?

Mitoch55 on April 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Making friends with dictators has been cornerstone of US foreign policy for the last 50 years. That’s nothing new.

lester on April 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Absolutely true. Why not more than 50 years ago President Roosevelt made a pretty nice deal with a rather unpleasant chap named Stalin. Remember him?

In spite of that, it was done because another unsavory gentleman named Adolph-something or other decided that he introduce the world to a new craze called….ummmm….tip of the tongue….Third Something-Something?

Oh just go wiki it.

Sometimes, we’ll deal with a SOB, because-guess what?- there’s a even *worse* SOB licking his chops and looking at the menu.

Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. As long as you want to deal with the outside world, that’s a hard rule of the playground.

BlaxPac on April 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Medvedev: Working with comrade Obama has been the ‘best three years’ for U.S.-Russian relations in a long time

Funny, that is pretty much what Hu Jintao and the Muslim Brotherhood said too.

Does anyone sense a pattern there, or is it merely coincidence?

LegendHasIt on April 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

That’s like the New England Patriots saying it’s been the best 6 years for Bills-Patriots relations.

The Notorious G.O.P on April 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Haven’t Buffalonians suffered enough without being equated with Obama? Don’t you understand that the Bills at least try to win? The Prez doesn’t even offer a contest.

KW64 on April 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom

You know, doofus, you might make more sense if you constructed a sentence properly.

Aw, h*ll, who am I kidding…you are an idiot.

Gothguy on April 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

These have perhaps been the best three years in relations between our two countries over the last decade.

Why does it sound as though Medvedev already knows how flexible Obamanov can be? They’ve had good “relations” apparently.

cicerone on April 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

And do you think the guy would be happy with Obama is Obama was looking out for the best interests of the United States over Russia? I don’t. I think he is happy that Obama is willing and eager to sell out the U.S. in any way he can and give Russia the upper hand. He was so right in calling him “comrade”.

lukjuj on April 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

If the Russians were really happy with Obama, they would just keep their mouths shut and scowl. They know praise for him makes him suspect in the eyes of Americans.

Obviously they think it’s pretty easy to manipulate American public opinion. There are many reasons to not vote for Obama in November Fake Green Energy Agenda – Choking the economy from recovery, attacking the first amendment with a lame contraceptive mandate, to name a few. Whether or not the Russians approve or disapprove of Obama, doesn’t even enter into my calculations. I don’t trust Putin or his puppet as far as I can spit.

Dr Evil on April 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Selling out to Putin and a host of other things we’re aware of here doesn’t even make most Americans radar. They (Dems) are counting on the voting public’s ignorance…as usual.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM

My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes. RR
April Fools.

RickinNH on April 2, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Translation: “Thank you, America, for being dumb enough to elect a POTUS that hates America more than we do.”

Shiny_Tiara on April 2, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Well of course. He’s a malleable marxist tool to the Russians and he admires how they don’t really pretend to have proper elections any more.

CorporatePiggy on April 2, 2012 at 7:12 AM

obama gives it away for free to the russians. of course he is popular with them.

perries on April 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this

Other than the alternative media, there doesn’t seem to be an awful lot of attention being paid to this very significant development.

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2012 at 7:53 AM

anything to deflect for dear leader…let’s focus on romney’s elevator instead

*shaking the head*

cmsinaz on April 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM

These have perhaps been the best three years in relations between our two countries over the last decade.

Easy to do when the United States is being led by a worthless commie bastard who hates America as much as our Russian “friends.”

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2012 at 7:58 AM

It’s a sad state of affairs when your president supports a far left Russian over one of our own presidential candidates. Our social and political descent is remarkable.

rplat on April 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up

0bamaderangementsyndrom

Now, try to rearrange all those random letters into a coherent thought.

rplat on April 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I have no doubt that from Russia’s perspective that is true.

Which means that from an American perspective it is not true.

Monkeytoe on April 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

cmsinaz on April 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Yes. Where in the h*ll is the RNC?

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Well…this clown has sold us down the river, so it’s no surprise our enemies like him.

zoyclem on April 2, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Georgie bush and sarah palin have all the clues, infact sarah can see russia from her house… when putin puts rears his head up
his rear.
0bamaderangementsyndrom
Now, try to rearrange all those random letters into a coherent thought.

rplat on April 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I’ll help get him started.

Cleombrotus on April 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM

if anything the president’s gaffe makes this statement by Medvedev even more newsworthy.

More newsworthy, and thus less likely to actually be mentioned in the news.

Mr. Prodigy on April 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

These have perhaps been the best three years in relations between our two countries over the last decade.

Of course, when you get what you want, and more, it’s always a great “relationship”…they hated Reagan for forcing them to take down that wall, and they hated Bush for collapsing their oppression.
And Putin, the alpha, has he beta to do his bidding…

right2bright on April 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The old guard in the old soviet union defined ‘peace’ as the absence of aggression against soviet expansion.

Not much has changed.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I wonder just how compromised Obama may be, can no-one recognize a successful KGB ‘birth certificate’ blackmail program when it is so in your face? This traitorous administration will leave the US approaching a 100% defenseless level.

el Vaquero on April 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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