Obama: Putin’s “tough-guy schtick aimed at internal audience”

posted at 12:01 pm on February 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Today’s NBC coverage of the opening of the Sochi Olympics will include a full interview with Barack Obama, who seems to be making the sports circuit these days. NBC leaked a little of the taped interview ahead of its broadcast later today, including an exchange regarding Vladmir Putin and his relationship with the Russian autocrat. They get along better than people think, Obama told Bob Costas, but that’s because Putin’s “tough-guy schtick” is usually only in play to impress Russians:

“I wouldn’t call it icy. The truth of the matter is that when we are in meetings there are a lot of exchanges, there’s a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas according to an NBC News transcript.

He added that he has always been treated by Putin “with the utmost respect.”

Obama also commented on Putin’s demeanor , suggesting in the words first reported in a now-deleted tweet from an NBC researcher, that the Russian president’s “bored, tough guy ‘schtick’ [is] aimed at internal audience.”

Interestingly, Obama declined to play along with Costas on the reason for his absence from the Olympic Games — and the absence of high-ranking American politicians in general. Everyone knows the actual reason: Obama wants to highlight the crackdown on Russian gays and lesbians by his absence. Obama told Costas, though, that his appearance would distract attention from the athletes, according to Politico’s reading of the transcript. That’s rather threadbare nonsense, as world leaders attend the opening ceremonies on a regular basis, but it does keep an already-deteriorating diplomatic situation from getting even worse, especially since the US has to partner with Putin on security for the Games to some extent.

On that score, Obama rushed to assure people that Russia is capable of securing the Sochi athletes and visitors:

On the topic of LGBT tolerance, Putin and the Russian Olympic Committee clearly feel the need to demonstrate that their laws and actions aren’t discriminatory. What better way to do that than to feature a has-been singing act that pretended to be lesbian at the opening ceremony?

The fake lesbian Russian pop act t.A.T.u., who enjoyed global popularity in the mid-2000s, will perform at the Sochi Olympics’ opening ceremony on Feb. 7, the Russian media reported.

According to reports, which quoted eyewitnesses of the ceremony’s rehearsals, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova will sing their biggest international hit, “Not Gonna Get Us.” During the performance of the track, the Russian Olympic squad is to enter the ceremony.

Formed in 1999 by producer Ivan Shapovalov, who selected then-14-year-old Volkova and 15-year-old Katina from scores of candidates, the duo soon achieved scandalous fame, cashing in heavily on themes of teenage sex and lesbian love (even the Russian version of the duo’s name implies sex between two women). Both members of the duo are, however, known to be heterosexual.

This sounds like it might be potentially as painful to watch and embarrassing as the UK’s dance number celebrating their nationalized health-care system. Well, all right, nothing would be more painful to watch than that, save for a speech from Donna Edwards, but I’m still not going to be watching tonight.

Update: Nancy Pelosi is less reserved about the reason for her distaste for Sochi.

Update: A good point from Ben Shapiro:


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We don’t have to worry about that from King Putt

Rio Linda Refugee on February 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama told Costas, though, that his appearance would distract attention from the athletes …

LOL.

He.Just.Can’t.Help.Himself.

ShainS on February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Obama’s tough-guy schtick aimed at America

Electrongod on February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

At this point, what difference does it make?

corona79 on February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Putin plays out a tough guy schtick. Obama’s on the downlow in mom jeans.

DanMan on February 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama did want the photo op of him shining Putin’s shoes…

right2bright on February 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Don’t know if this is apocryphal or not, but Putin is alleged to have said, “negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board, then struts around like it won the game.”

Buy Danish on February 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This from the putz that said during the BP disaster he’s gonna find out whose ass to kick. Hey Barry, we’ve seen you throw a baseball, and shoot 2-22 in hoops. You better not piss off Vlad or he’ll steal your lunch money and stuff you in a locker.

Schwalbe Me-262 on February 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

While President Obama dismisses Putin’s “tough-guy schtick,” Putin is spanking Obama in the Middle East.

Would Obama recognize a tough-guy if he saw one. Being a tough-guy is not the same thing as being a Chicago street thug. I’m not sure the rat-eared wonder even knows how to be tough.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Opening Sochi Online Streaming:

http://olympics.cbc.ca/videos/live/video/olympic-opening-ceremony.html

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

“I wouldn’t call it icy. The truth of the matter is that when we are in meetings there are a lot of exchanges, there’s a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas according to an NBC News transcript.

And the exchanges probably include noogies, atomic wedgies and the question “Who’s Your Daddy?”

HumpBot Salvation on February 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Just because Obama comes off as the classic “weak guy” doesn’t mean everyone else is trying to come off as a tough guy.

tommyboy on February 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Says the wimp in the Mom jeans…

sandee on February 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

but I’m still not going to be watching tonight.
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I’m taking one for da team!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Man up Mr. President: grab the bicyle helmet, get on that horse with Putin, and hold on tight.

WisRich on February 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Just because Obama comes off as the classic “weak guy” doesn’t mean everyone else is trying to come off as a tough guy.

tommyboy on February 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Good point. But hard to tolerate when your president is the only guy wearing a onesie in the G-20 photo op. Even Merkel is more of a man than the rat-eared wonder.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Shrillary is more manly than light in the loafers Oblowme.

BeachBum on February 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

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Photo: US team enters Sochi Olympics opening ceremony; largest delegation with more than 200 athletes – @Sochi2014
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https://twitter.com/Sochi2014/status/431837563108986880/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Bathhouse Barry is a lover, not a fighter.

PrettyMooch on February 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Who is the audience Obama’s wuss-guy schtick aimed at?

the sidewalks are safe on February 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Everyone knows the actual reason: Obama wants to highlight the crackdown on Russian gays and lesbians by his absence.

There’s a crackdown?

What drama queens.

sentinelrules on February 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

On that score, Obama rushed to assure people that Russia is capable of securing the Sochi athletes and visitors:
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The Lead CNN ‏@TheLeadCNN 19h

Senate Intel chair @SenFeinstein on to Sochi travelers: Watch your backs. http://cnn.it/1nXIqsz Also says she wouldm’t go to Games #TheLead

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

2014 Sochi Olympics
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Turkish official: Passenger with bomb claim tried to divert plane to Sochi as Olympics begin – @AP
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canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Obama’s tough-guy pansy schtick aimed at America

Electrongod on February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Mom jeans? His first pitch at a baseball game? Hitting his head on Marine 1? Trying to enter the White House through a window? Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle?

RoadRunner on February 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

President Putin leads, while obama wallows in self-pity.

Pork-Chop on February 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I’m still not going to be watching tonight.

I don’t know. Watching the “A salute to the gulags” segment or listening to the NVVD Men’s Chorus sing The Internationale might just give a taste of what the Olympics will look like the next time the US hosts.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

There’s nothing wrong with Obama skipping the Olympic Winter Games to call attention to evil discrimination, and if that’s the real reason, that’s fine (though I suspect he really just wanted more golf time), but instead of saying that, he gave a reason that once again just shows how arrogant his view of himself is.

DisneyFan on February 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

2 for 22… and Basketball is his Game! 37 in Bowling… and lost Chicago the Olympics! Not much of Sports Guy. I’m glad he is proud of his grades.

Innercat on February 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Really wondering who Obama’s ‘Bumbling, Incompetent Imbecile’ schtick is aimed at.

BigWyo on February 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

So, who is Obama’s weenie-guy act aimed at?

Paperclips on February 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

There’s a crackdown?

What drama queens.

sentinelrules on February 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

sentinelrules: Speaking of Drama:0
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Russia
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Billie Jean King will miss opening ceremony of 2014 Sochi Olympics to stay close to her ailing mother, publicist says – @NBCNews
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canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Whining, incompetent dolt.

rplat on February 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This from the putz that said during the BP disaster he’s gonna find out whose ass to kick. Hey Barry, we’ve seen you throw a baseball, and shoot 2-22 in hoops. You better not piss off Vlad or he’ll steal your lunch money and stuff you in a locker.

Schwalbe Me-262 on February 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Nah, Putin would give Obama a swirly.

307wolverine on February 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

British Dancing? Are they running the kitchens too?

Exninja on February 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Germany, Russia, Iran, any foreign country you choose to name is laughing at the mom jeans pantload. But he’s on top of his game as always and will happily inform anyone just what kind of a poseur this Vladimir guy is. Just ask him.

eyeroll

MisterElephant on February 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

When Dog Eater said “Just tell me whose azz to kick” and the answer was Putin, he replied “Choose someone else.”

Bishop on February 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s tough-guy schtick aimed at America

Electrongod on February 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Except that Don Knotts would have been a more believable “tough guy” than Preezy MomJeans.

Obama comes across as a petulant, selfish power mad spoiled brat, a living example of what happens when you “spare the rod and spoil the child”. He’d wet his panties and burst into tears if a KITTEN so much as HISSED AT HIM!

ConstantineXI on February 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Aw, someone’s jealous.

I don’t have any admiration for an ex-KGB thug like Putin, but it is interesting how Obama reacts to someone that has a pair.

Same reason he hates Bibi (or at least one of them).

Art Vandelay on February 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Well, he’s kicked your weenie ass.

Ward Cleaver on February 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The schoolyard sissy mocks the schoolyard bully, just not to his face.

Akzed on February 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Ooh, somebody’s in your head, Barack.

Laura Castellano on February 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Better that than the POS’s Limp Dick Schtick.

wyntre9 on February 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

So, who is Obama’s weenie-guy act aimed at?

Paperclips on February 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

He’s NOT a weenie! *foot stomp* You’re just a big old poopy head!

Laura Castellano on February 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Heads-Up:
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Sochi Olympics terror threats
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Editor’s note: White House officials are not commenting at this point on the attempted plane hijacking and diversion to Sochi, @NBCNews reports – Aaron
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on February 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Ooh, somebody’s in your head, Barack.

Laura Castellano on February 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Rush Limbaugh boasts that he lives rent free there. But I’m guessing he isn’t the only tenant. Still it would be nice if the United States had the leader that wrestles bears bare-chested instead of the one who puts on the helmet and knee pads to ride a girl’s bike.

Happy Nomad on February 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Obama’s take on Putin just proves what a naive child he is. Isn’t Obama the one who surrounds himself with women and struts like a runway model?

Take a look in the mirror Nancy.

fogw on February 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Putin: Obama’s “puss-guy schtick aimed at internal audience”

redguy on February 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

If Obama got into a tussle with Putin, the aftermath would be that if Obama was axed about it he could say he hit Putin in the fist with his chin and hit him in the knee with his groin.

rjoco1 on February 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

His appearance would detract from the athletes? It’s always all about him, as if anyone even believes a word he says these days. What an egotistical ————!

azpatriotsdotcom on February 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I suppose after 16 years as a KGB officer responsible for “controlling” Community Organizers while obama’s brain was still in a purple haze Vladimir may come-off as a tough guy from time to time. I imagine Vladimir views obama much the same as a Fox views chicken.

lel2007 on February 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

It says a lot that Obama assumes that everything must be a schtick or political guise. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to him that Putin is just a bad-ass mf’er and that the world is filled with guys like that.

Not to worry–we’re in the best of hands!

Art Vandelay on February 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

And after pulling his underwear from his butt crack, Barry told his nerd friends that Putin was lucky that he didn’t kick his ass, ’cause he totally could have if he wanted to.

What a putz.

battalion on February 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Has Biden commented about Barry’s shtick yet?

HughJass on February 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Just because Obama comes off as the classic “weak guy” doesn’t mean everyone else is trying to come off as a tough guy.
tommyboy on February 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Just call him Chamberlain. Neville Chamberlain

Brock Robamney on February 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

It says a lot that Obama assumes that everything must be a schtick or political guise. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to him that Putin is just a bad-ass mf’er and that the world is filled with guys like that.

Not to worry–we’re in the best of hands!

Art Vandelay on February 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

It would never occur to Obama that as a KGB guy Putin literally had to kill to get to where he is today.

307wolverine on February 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

It seems it’s not only the Syrians who have completey forgotten the entire “Russians to the rescue” deal on Syrian chemical weapons stocks. Lol.

Obama is now, and always will be Putin’s bitch. Obama can whine and primp and pose all he wants…he is a punk, and Putin is not the only world leader who knows it.

a5minmajor on February 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Putin’s camped out in Barry’s head. With a bonfire, eating roasted bear meat. Shirtless…

dinahmoehumm on February 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

2 for 22… and Basketball is his Game! 37 in Bowling… and lost Chicago the Olympics! Not much of Sports Guy. I’m glad he is proud of his grades.

Innercat on February 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

And I’d bet his real grades are no better than his sports scores.
Choom gang boy was one of those “just don’t give a shiite” potheads who only got through school, especially Haaahvaaaahd by way of affirmative action. Athletes and academic nerds alike all look like “tough guys” to a pothead slouch.

dentarthurdent on February 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

dentarthurdent on February 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Here we go again with the Androgynous One trying to play with the big boys. He not only deludes the sycophantic media and slobbering Dumbocrap voters, but he has now come full circle in his self delusonal thinking that anyone actually listens to him, anymore.

vnvet on February 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

No sir, he really is that tough.

ThePrez on February 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I’d like to see him say all that “stuff” to Putin’s face.
That would make my day.

boojo on February 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Has anybody noticed that Barry looks suspiciously like he’s been into the choom before his public appearances lately? Seriously, the guy looked positively stoned in this last NBC interview.

platapapin on February 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Well, on Syria, it wasn’t “tough-guy” that came across, it was Putin as the adult, and the whole world was watching while Obama and Kerry made ridiculous threats in the service of an incoherent support-our-enemies-the-rebels policy.

virgo on February 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM