US flag doormats trending in Russia; heck of a job on that reset button, Hillary

So, how’d that Russian reset thing work out?

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A major Russian shopping mall near the center of Moscow,  Electronics on Presne, has a new décor aimed at showing the country’s distaste for the United States – American flag doormats to allow its customers to literally wipe their feet on the symbol of the country that defeated them in the Cold War.

It’s a far cry from President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ballyhooed “reset” of American-Russian relations (which had been damaged in the Democrat telling by, of course, President Bush and his cowboy ways.)

The U.S. flag doormats are a fashion in Russia aimed at showing the country’s anger over Western sanctions that are starting to bite into ordinary Russian budgets.

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That budget bite means the fad’s going to be short-lived. The flag doormats run about $20, little more than lunch money to most working Americans, but pretty pricey for the impoverished citizen of a certain former superpower.

According to Inquisitr, Russian journalist Elder Muzhdababaev summed up his countrymen’s problem in a blog post called “The Idiots from Presnya.”

“It’s idiotic to do this in a shopping center where 90% of the products are either produced in the U.S. or based on U.S. technology,” he wrote. “Throw away your computers and phones, idiots. Close your electronic shops and go sell bast shoes, although even sandals might be too complicated for you.”

Well put.

Let the Russians wipe their feet. There isn’t a rational American alive who’d want to be in their shoes.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in 2009 with a famous bungled red reset button symbolizing a new start between the two countries.

CNN reported:

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” she asked Lavrov, laughing.

“You got it wrong,” said Lavrov, as both diplomats laughed.

“It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset],” said Lavrov.”This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”

A quick comeback – and recovery – from Clinton: “We won’t let you do that to us, I promise. We mean it and we look forward to it.”

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].

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