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    Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin | The Weekly Standard

    As the New York Times reported earlier in the week, there are serious charges that Putin rigged the election: "A day after claiming an overwhelming victory in Russia’s presidential election, Vladimir V. Putin on Monday faced a range of challenges to his legitimacy, including charges of fraud from international observers and a defiant opposition that vowed to keep him from serving his full six-year term."

    Even the State Department called for an investigation into the election earlier in the week.

    Yet with President Obama reportedly calling to congratulate Putin, apparently the White House isn't too concerned with the fraudulent election--or even its worrisome outcome.
    Why couldn't he have just said nothing?
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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Don't worry guys, Russia's our friend!
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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Why couldn't he have just said nothing?
    Not really. You may not like the guy, but it's a bad idea to insult him. In 2008, Medvedev congratulated Obama. This was the first Presidential election in Russia since, so it figures. Around the rest of the world, the story was that Obama waited a few days.
    Last edited by rocket88; 03-09-12 at 03:28 PM.


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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    Why couldn't he have just said nothing?
    Why couldn't you assume he knows more about international diplomacy than you?

    Putin has had an 90% approval rating for fricking ever. His popularity is waning, it's not implausible by any remote means that he won legitimately.
    In fact, it's probably pretty certain he did.

    ****, the USA probably has 10% of its presidential votes inaccurately recorded, or illegitimate, or fraudulent, or cast by the dead, or people are screwed over waiting at a line to vote and never making it in.

    Give it a rest.

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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    The election results in Russia were generally consistent with pre-election polls and some exit polls showed that Putin received at least 58% of the vote. Despite some reported irregularities, Putin sill has strong majority support in Russia and getting along with Putin should be one of Obama's top priorities.

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    I suspect Obama was really calling to ask for advice and tips to get re-elected.
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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Putin didn't need to rig the election. Polls have shown him ahead for months. Surely people don't think Obama should have ignored Putin's win.
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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Quote Originally Posted by ThirdTerm View Post
    The election results in Russia were generally consistent with pre-election polls and some exit polls showed that Putin received at least 58% of the vote. Despite some reported irregularities, Putin sill has strong majority support in Russia and getting along with Putin should be one of Obama's top priorities.
    He has support in rural areas. Everyone in Moscow hates him.


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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    He has support in rural areas. Everyone in Moscow hates him.
    Weird, id figure moscow would be all about him and st pete would be strongly against.

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    Re: Obama Calls to Congratulate Putin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie1 View Post
    Putin didn't need to rig the election. Polls have shown him ahead for months. Surely people don't think Obama should have ignored Putin's win.
    Maybe he did need to and maybe he didn't need to. Either way, he did.

    In a precinct in Chechnya he got more votes than there are people. In Chechnya. Putin is about as popular in Chechnya as Osama bin Laden is in New York.


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