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Putin’s First Twitter Tweet Congratulated Obama

From a confused about the concept of irony Washington Post:

Irony alert: First tweet from Putin account congratulated Obama

By Colby Itkowitz | March 20, 2014

Twitter unveiled a fun little feature this week that allows nostalgic users to go back and find their very first tweet. And — in file this under you can’t make this stuff up — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first ever tweet in 2012 seems to be a congratulatory note to his frenemy, President Obama:

Vladimir Putin @PutinRF_Eng: "Congratulations to US President-elect Barack Obama"

That "seems to be congratulatory"? — Anyway, we now know why Comrade Putin was so overjoyed.

Of course in 2012 Obama had just won reelection so he wasn’t the “president-elect,” but we cut Putin a little slack because the translation from Russian to English is rarely perfect.

To be sure, the account is not “verified” by Twitter, but it does describe itself as “the official twitter channel for President of the Russian Federation. Tweets from the President are signed #VP” and appears to tweet primarily press releases linking to the Kremlin’s English website.

Probably Putin’s account is actually written by some low paid hack from Putin’s campaign staff. Just like Obama’s is run by a low paid hack from his campaign staff. (Which is now a tax exempt 501c3.)

Given the current strained (to put it mildly) relationship between the two leaders, perhaps even more amusing (?) is the statement that accompanies the original Putin account tweet:

“Mr Putin particularly stressed the results obtained in developing Russian-US relations over these last years, and expressed his hopes for continued constructive work together on the bilateral agenda and in resolving pressing international and regional issues, noting the key importance that cooperation between countries such as Russia and the USA has for ensuring the world’s stable and secure development.”

The way we were …

It amazes us how so few ‘journalists’ today seem to understand the concept of irony. There is certainly nothing ironic in any of this. Comrade Putin must have been overjoyed to see Obama re-elected.

After all, he knew Obama would be (even) ‘more flexible.’ And, in fact, as the accompanying statement points out, Obama had already been amazingly accommodating. So why not congratulate him? — With Obama’s re-election, Putin knew that his plans for the reassembling the Soviet Union were perfectly safe.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Putin’s First Twitter Tweet Congratulated Obama”

  1. Ha. Haha. Bwa-hahahaha ..

    (never mind)


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