October 7, 2013

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.

(h/t Blake)



Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:11am

Comments (12)

  1. It’s annoying when foreign goons badmouth our President. It’s worse when they’re right.

  2. Not that I disagree with the characterization, it being too true [truthy?] to disbelieve. However the first use of this phrase that I’ve found so far was posted at this site on Sept. 29th as being sent to them by a reader. Earlier ones on Google are later comments in posts put up earlier than Sept. 29th.

    As to the provenance, unknown.

  3. Putin’s defense: “Nobody claimed I was the first to say it.”

  4. Earliest reference I’ve found so far is an Amazon.com book review from 2005.

    So, yes, it’s a slow day today.

  5. I only went back to August 1st 2013 and since there were no references to Putin saying it before Sept. 29th didn’t check earlier for it being from Putin. I did find the idea of playing with a pigeon from earlier but not Putin and/or not Obama.

  6. I don’t give a damn what the origin of the phrase it or who said it first, or whom it was originally about. The Hegelian World Spirit demands, demands I say, that it be true.

    And so it is.

  7. I call it fake, but accurate.

  8. The kerning and the superscripts were the dead giveaway.

  9. Unlike Dan’s fake, but fake, this fake is actually accurate