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Quote of the day: PUTIN

November 16, 2015


This may sound weird, but I actually find Putin rather dull as a character. Hitler was a vegetarian. Stalin was a passable poet. Idi Amin ate people. What does Putin do that’s so surprising? He’s just your standard bully with a bad childhood who’s robbing his country blind. Bo-ring.

–Gary Shteyngart


Quote of the day: PUTIN

July 27, 2014


To illustrate his emphasis on personality as a factor in foreign affairs, [Vice President Joe] Biden recalled visiting Putin at the Kremlin in 2011: “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him.” Biden held his hand a few inches from his nose. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’ ”

“You said that?” I asked. It sounded like a movie line.

“Absolutely, positively,” Biden said, and continued, “And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ ”

Evan Osnos in the New Yorker


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