Top Russian laughs at US sanctions, calls Obama a ‘prankster’

Not even Jimmy Carter was openly laughed at by Russians.

The announcement by the Obama administration and its European allies that they would respond to Russia’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula by punishing enough people to fill a football team drew public derision Monday from one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top officials.

Sanctions against the assets of seven – seven! – wealthy Russian bigwigs and four – four! – Ukrainian apparatchiks aren’t likely to make the Kremlin shudder. Or reverse course.

Here’s what Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to say:

Obamaphiles love to talk about the U.S. standing in the international community, but when a former superpower that gets closer to becoming an avowed enemy with every passing day refers to the president of the United States as a prankster, it’s a pretty good sign that standing isn’t improved.

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Twitter reaction was predictable — and unfortunate. Not anger at Russian so much for acting like the expansionist thugs the country’s leaders have been for centuries (regime change doesn’t change national character), but disgust with an American administration that apparently thought having King Canute in the White House would stop the tide of history.

Meanwhile, the situation deteriorates as Vice President Joe Biden has flown his sparkling wit an international acumen to Poland and the Baltic republics to show the Obama administration is serious about stopping Russia’s habit of invading its neighbors.

Unfortunately, the best the country can expect out of that is Biden won’t tell a Polack joke while he’s there.

H/T: The Blaze

CORRECTION: This post has been altered to clarify that the Russian takeover refers to Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, not Ukraine itself.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


237 thoughts on “Top Russian laughs at US sanctions, calls Obama a ‘prankster’

  1. Steve3 says:

    America the clown , can only practice diplomacy by bombing and destroying, sad country, nothing good about it anymore. Kerry is also a joke stating that Russia is going against international law. i guess he has forgotten about their mass destruction of libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq,
    constant threats against Iran and veneuzuela. Anyone not connecting the dots to their agenda is out to lunch. The US started the problems in the Ukraine ( and Syria ), its all about complete domination of the entire world

  2. Lc Goodfellow says:

    sommerday, you hear the one about the preacher on the train being bothered by the drunk who wanted to hear some of those “Thou’s and Thee’s and new church talk.The preacher looked up at the drunk, smiled and said,
    like many here,
    “Brother get ‘THEE’ seduced.”

    ” This comment was deleted.” ……. We’ll just keep trying.

    1. sommerday says:

      When the preachers are extreme right-wing Tea Party Republicans preaching delusional altered Alinsky rules…whose the drunk?

      1. JKellogg says:

        Sommerday, this “extreme right wing Tea Party Republican” mantra is getting really old and quite frankly totally and utterly meaningless.

        Could you please define what you see as the difference between an extreme, far, regular, and centrist Republican and Tea Party members?

        Because… if you mean it as a unitary expression than it truly borders on being an ad hominem attack. Is it?

        1. sommerday says:

          “extreme right wing Tea Party Republican” applies to anyone with ad hominem attacks sans facts only dog whistle material ripped from their context and distorted to match the person’s extreme ideology. Extreme left-wingers do the same ripping from context & distorting to match.

          Once in a while I run across “centrist” Republicans. When they are can acknowledge your facts & context and respond accordingly in an adult manner. I have respect for them, and nothing but contempt for “extreme right wing Tea Party Republican”. Tea Party is made up of several factions, of which the racist faction puts to shame the other factions that are not. If you don’t think any extreme right-wing Tea Party are racist, you will have indicated your level of cognizance.
          Tea Party factions tend to be fundamentalist Christians.

          Mahatma Gandhi made that paradoxical statement: ‘I love your Christ but I hate your Christians because your Christians are unlike your Christ’.

          1. JKellogg says:

            Thank you for your reasoned response. Given the frequency with which you use it, I would suggest it is overused. I can tell you this much for sure, the term weakens your argument. The same goes for those that stringing together adjectives about liberalism. The other side reads that far and doesn’t look any further for reasonable points of debate. So in the end I would suggest that you mix in up a bit more and prioritize substance over meme.

            What we are trying to do here a BizPacReview, and admittedly it in an arduous process, is to encourage more substantial debate, discussion, and exchange of ideas and cut down on the kind of snark and vitriol that serves nothing more then to draw in-kind responses. Your participation in helping make this happen, as well as anyone else reading this comment is greatly appreciated.

            I’ve personally banned a number of the truly extreme right-wing. Remember the guy named “Nigs-Suck?” And then there have been three or four genuine Neo-Nazis. On the left extreme we have those that are openly Marxist who advocate things like the confiscation of the private homes of the rich in order to turn those mansions into public housing.

            I’m not a Tea Party member and likely never will be. That said, I have met and know a fair number of them… none of whom even come close to being racists and most of whom would vocally disavow anyone who was.

            Of course there are those, from both parties, whose behaviors poison the well from which others draw opinions about them. That can be said of all political parties, economic stations, philosophies, religions, and even atheists such as yourself.

            Anyway, thank you for your consideration.

          2. sommerday says:

            Quote from LcGoodfellow: “Hey ! IFYouSEEKAY you, tell her to get lost.”

            The extreme vitriol that is allowed from the extreme right-wing and you’re lecturing me to stop using “extreme right-wing”??

          3. JKellogg says:

            I’ve deleted plenty of comments from the “right-wing” point of view, including some of Lc Goodfellow’s. Reading though every single comment on this site, isn’t possible with the number of moderators we now have. Some comments slip through, but regardless of how many moderators and/or filters BPR has, some always will.

            I am a conservative and constantly ask myself if I am harder on those with whom I disagree. Believe me, it’s not as simple as it looks. That said, I’ve personally deleted some of the comments directed specifically at you which do not comply with the BizPacReview comment policy.

            I merely asked you to clarify the meaning of a phrase you repeatedly use. In an of itself, the phrase you use, does not violate the comment policy. I could string together a equal number of adjectives to describe what I perceive as typical you and others like you. If I did, what impact did it have on you? Absolutely none! Right? What do such inflammatory phrases contribute to the discussion here? Very little if any at all.

            Now then, you can call it “lecturing” if you wish, but that’s not my intent. My intent is to engage with you in a reasonable and rational discussion—all the while respectfully encouraging you, as well everyone else, to do the same.

            If you or anyone else sees a comment that does not comply the the comment policy, please flag it. I just ask that people do not flag comments merely because they disagree with them.

          4. The Right Fight says:

            Well said, @42ity:disqus

          5. John says:

            Your problem is the hatred behind everything you say. You don’t even want to reason with people, but insult them with an overwrought caricature. You’re as bad as your imaginary Republican effigy.

          6. The Right Fight says:

            There are, btw, some Disqus members who actively try to identify and rebuke the overtly racist commenters, while simultaneously flagging their offensive comments.

            The Disqus system was intentionally created to facilitate discussion within a variety of communities with varying standards, so the burden is upon each community to form its unique “culture” of what is permissible, acceptable, offensive, and prohibited.

            Thank you, moderators, for working behind the scenes to improve the discourse.

          7. The Right Fight says:

            I don’t recall Gandhi ever stating that he had “hate” for any class of people.

            Please share the source of your quote. Thanks.

          8. John says:

            Okay, so what do you call an extreme left liberal who throws out broad ad hominem attacks without facts? Sommerday (sounds like an aptly named feminine product, to be honest).

        2. sommerday says:

          If you belong to the extreme right-wing Republican Tea Party, you characterize yourself with hate.
          You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn’t call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn’t call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.

          You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don’t know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.

          Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Foxnews says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been. We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.

          You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate em.

          If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it.
          Now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn’t worked you are panicking despite your best efforts to undermine the economy and America’s recovery at every step you can. You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its’ debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed. You’ve used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders. You remember 9/11, don’t you, it’s that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950’s musical.

          Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me.

          Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism.

          I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn’t exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.

          1. The Right Fight says:

            I see a lot of that “hate” in your own posts, @sommerday:disqus …

            … does that mean that you, too, are an “extreme right-wing Republican Tea Party” member?

          2. John says:

            Contratulations, Sommersbee, you just conflated a bunch of different concepts – “extreme right wing”, “Tea Party” and “Republican”.

            Tea Parties have some haters, but none nearly as bad as what you profess. Not even the worst ones I’ve seen come close to exemplifying your imagination.

            I, OTOH, and not a Republican, consider myself a Tea Party member, am libertarian, atheist/areligious and have multi-racial children and have always had gay friends, don’t like war, think Jesus was likely gay, etc, etc.

            Now, you’re simply going by the typical rules of big government tyranny – “First, create an enemy”.

            I saw a group of people that you would call “extreme right Tea Party Republicans”, all conservative, all religious, all ex-military, all old, stand up and all but threaten some putz who started saying some anti-gay stuff at a party. He left and fast.

          3. John says:

            “You hate socialism and social justice.”

            To be honest, people who are forced to live under socialism hate it more than anyone.

            I think your real problem is that people don’t like your ideology and fight it rather than simply being absorbed by it. And you respond by calling people racists, homophobes, bigots.

            We really want to live by the Constitution, which doesn’t allow you ideology because it’s an offense to individual rights. And even then, SCOTUS has slipped mightily in their obligations, allowing obviously unconstitutional things like mandatory retirement programs, mandatory health care problems, wealth redistribution, employment rules, immigration laws, drug laws, etc.
            The left hates the US Constitution. It’s why they break it rather than make Amendments. Prove otherwise.

        3. The Right Fight says:

          It’s also childish commentary from an ignorant person who merely babbles … on and on and on and on … the same unsubstantiated partisan garbage.

          How ironic that Sommerday’s comments mirror the criticism Sommerday levels at others.

          Pot … meet kettle.

      2. John says:

        You mean these?

        Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have *

        The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat. It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted.

        The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

        The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

        Fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

        The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy* If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.

        The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings. New issues and crises are always developing, and one’s reaction becomes, “Well, my heart bleeds for those people and I’m all for the boycott, but after all there are other important things in life” — and there it goes.

        The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

        The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

        The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. It should be remembered not only that the action is in the reaction but that action is itself the consequence of reaction and of reaction to the reaction, ad infinitum. The pressure produces the reaction, and constant pressure sustains action.

        The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside;

        In a fight almost anything goes.

        The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right — we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”

        The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

      3. John says:

        Alinsky’s rules are actually effective. But, guess what happens if the right adopts them? You lose.

        Try to make a socialist live up to socialism. They won’t. They can’t. It’s too much suffering.

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