I love these two pictures, they really do say more than a 1,000 words. They follow on from pictures of Obama's controversial bows to Middle Easter potentates. I doubt Putin or Medvedev are much into the bowing business.
Here is Obama shaking Medvedev's hand at the podium while the Medeved looks like he is preoccupied with considering what is on the menu for lunch, or wondering whether it is time to take a bathroom break.
Notice Putin waiting patiently for Obama to pull up his socks. Boy if that doesn't just capture the power relationship, I don't know what could.
It is reported that Putin sent birthday greetings to GWB just before his meeting with Obama praising Bush's openess and honesty; how thoughtless of Bush to have a birthday on the day Obama shows up to spread the oil around. Could those Republicans stoop any lower than this to steal the headlines from the great one?
Apparently, Obama was not greeted with adoring crowds and fawning media -- something new for him.
Although, I hear he declared the age of empire over, in case you, or anybody else in the world missed it. Perhaps you were distracted by those falling sea levels since he took office.