Wednesday, July 08, 2009

It Burns.

Obama made a funny and the wingnuts are, as is their wont, steamed.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama made a pointed quip Tuesday about Russia's sale of Alaska to the United States in the 19th century.

Referring to the long history of Russia-U.S. trade stretching back more than two centuries, Obama told an audience of business people in Moscow:

"Along the way, you gave us a pretty good deal on Alaska. Thank you."

Czar Alexander II's sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold, around 1.9 cents per acre, was regarded by Russians as a national disgrace -- particularly once it became clear that the province was rich in oil.

Moscow was short of cash at the time.

Via Putz, the fourth stooge, Moe Lane, writes:

God, I miss the days of the Bush administration, when we didn’t do things like this.

I know! During the Bush administration, the president didn't make lighthearted jokes. He simply informed the fucking United Nations that unless it forced Saddam Hussein to destroy weapons he didn't possess in response to dangers that weren't, in fact, "gathering," the entire institution would abdicate "the purpose of its founding" and be rendered, said Bush, "irrelevant."

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