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Russian news anchor flips off Obama (Video)

posted at 12:33 pm on November 22, 2011 by

You don’t have to know Russian to be able to read the universal gesture made in this YouTube video of news anchor Tatiana Limanova as she clearly enunciates the name Barack Obama. It is a salute common among motorists here in New York when they are cut off by another car—even when the car is not part of the president’s too-frequent, traffic-choking motorcades in the Big Apple.

I can’t say what specifically prompted this bit of body language, but it may have something to do with Russian puppeteer Vladimir Putin’s distrust of the U.S. under Obama and his view of the American president as a “useful idiot.” However you slice it, it’s refreshingly candid. It would serve American newscasters well to be more forthcoming with their opinions.

A precedent for this subtext can be found in the supreme insult directed at then-President George W. Bush during his farewell visit to Iraq in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist removed his shoes and threw them at Bush, one after the other. The event, which was covered extensively by the mainstream media, spawned a game, Sock and Awe!, which had more than 5.5 million … er—hits.

At least Bush had the option of ducking.

Some will view this video and cry foul, pointing out that the gesture is an affront to the office of the presidency—and they will be right. It is as much an insult to the people of America as it is when their own president calls them lazy or tours the world apologizing for their past arrogance and inflated self-image. I for one will start respecting the office of the presidency again when Barack Obama begins to do the same.

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I didn’t know that russia had the 1st there? Just some 1st’s are more 1st on who gets the 1st?
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letget on November 22, 2011 at 1:27 PM

This is shocking??? After Hillary presented the “overload” or “overcharged” (peregruzka) button, instead of the “reset” she planned on giving?

AH_C on November 22, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Can’t tell what the story is, but for my part, as an American I can say the President’s an idiot, but I don’t appreciate some Russian media-type flipping him off.

WitchDoctor on November 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Just turn the other cheek, Barack. …butt cheek, like when you are bending over to bow to those other countries!

I for one will start respecting the office of the presidency again when Barack Obama begins to do the same.

Beautiful! And Amen.

Sterling Holobyte on November 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

As an aside; glad to see the Russian news media is as impartial as ours./s

Sterling Holobyte on November 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Is there anyone out there who can translate what she’s saying into English?

JimC on November 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

It would serve American newscasters well to be more forthcoming with their opinions.

Mr. Portnoy you are just kidding, right? American newscasters are definitely out front with their goofy opinions—just not as blatant as flipping the bird.

arnold ziffel on November 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Mr. Portnoy you are just kidding, right?

Yes, I was being tongue in cheek–apparently not successfully.

Howard Portnoy on November 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Some will view this video and cry foul, pointing out that the gesture is an affront to the office of the presidency—and they will be right. It is as much an insult to the people of America as it is when their own president calls them lazy or tours the world apologizing for their past arrogance and inflated self-image. I for one will start respecting the office of the presidency again when Barack Obama begins to do the same.

Perfectly said.

inviolet on November 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM