Winning back the respect of the international community
Even if it turns out this supposedly off the record quip from Putin isn’t attributable to him, I take the demi-Voltairean position that, if it isn’t real, we most certainly would be within our rights to invent it:
Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game.
Right now, there are some WWII and Vietnam War Vets who would no doubt be happy if the pigeon-in-chief would stop shitbombing their memorials.
Metaphorically speaking, of course.