After all Obama’s tough talk about Russian hacking, the whole world expected Obama to hit back. And hit back hard.
Now, this could have been a sticky situation what with two world powers going at each other. Could have turned very quickly into a major international incident. But because Obama is so weak and ineffectual, it ended up being more keystone cops than international showdown.
After Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, and Russia talked about doing the same, as tensions around the globe rose, something very unexpected happened.
Unexpected and unprecedented.
A sitting American President, the purported most powerful man in the world, was reduced to a punch line. A joke. An embarrassment.
This is the Russian response to Obama
Hapless lame duck. A total joke. That’s how far we have fallen in the eyes of the world community under Obama.
Is there any doubt Trump will immediately reverse this last Obama executive action? Putin seems to think Trump will at least according to his statement,
“We regard the recent unfriendly steps taken by the outgoing US administration as provocative and aimed at further weakening the Russia-US relationship. This runs contrary to the fundamental interests of both the Russian and American people. Considering the global security responsibilities of Russia and the United States, this is also damaging to international relations as a whole.”
“As it proceeds from international practice, Russia has reasons to respond in kind. Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-US relations based on the policies of the Trump Administration.”
“The diplomats who are returning to Russia will spend the New Year’s holidays with their families and friends. We will not create any problems for US diplomats. We will not expel anyone. We will not prevent their families and children from using their traditional leisure sites during the New Year’s holidays. Moreover, I invite all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas children’s parties in the Kremlin.”
“It is regrettable that the Obama Administration is ending its term in this manner. Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family. My season’s greetings also to President-elect Donald Trump and the American people. I wish all of you happiness and prosperity.”
First time ever a sitting American President has been humiliated in such a way. Thanks Obama.