George W. Putin

Russia has her ownAsshole in Chief.

President Vladimir V. Putin has a penchant for making pithy, acerbic, sometimes coarse comments. On Wednesday, a microphone inadvertently left on during a brief appearance with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel captured his views on the sex scandal involving Israel’s president.

According to journalists and officials in the room and published accounts by Agence France-Presse late Wednesday and Kommersant and The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, Mr. Putin was heard saying, “Say hello to your president,” to Mr. Olmert, referring to President Moshe Katsav, who could face criminal charges that he raped and assaulted two former employees. Mr. Putin added, “He really surprised us.”

The microphone was quickly turned off as reporters were ushered from the room, but the news organizations reported that Mr. Putin went on.


“We did not know he could deal with 10 women,” he said, according to those in the room and the Post and Agence France-Presse accounts, apparently referring to the complaints by several women that Mr. Katsav harassed them or worse.

Kommersant’s version — citing the remarks in Russian — was cruder. “He turned out to be quite a powerful man,” the paper’s reporter in the official Kremlin pool, Andrei Kolesnikov, quoted Mr. Putin as saying. “He raped 10 women. I never expected it from him. He surprised all of us. We all envy him.”

The accounts suggested that Mr. Putin’s remarks prompted laughter from the Russian and Israeli diplomats inside the Kremlin, where the two leaders went on to discuss Middle East policy and other issues for two and a half hours. According to those present, Mr. Olmert responded by saying, “I wouldn’t be jealous of him.”


“I’ll be frank with you,” a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said in a telephone interview. “I heard some jokes were made when the press was leaving. I was not there, and I cannot comment on what was reported.”

One thought on “George W. Putin

  1. Pooty poot is a dickweed and a creep.
    OT: Holden- whazzup with Tony and the headbanging at the gaggle? I am awaiting the next installment of your obsession!

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