Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russiaâ€™s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, â€œEveryone here thinks youâ€™re a jackass.â€
The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.
â€œLook, Iâ€™m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,â€ Mr. Obama said. â€œWhat about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.â€
As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.
â€œIf you think Iâ€™m the only one who feels this way, youâ€™re kidding yourself,â€ Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian Presidentâ€™s face. â€œAsk Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks youâ€™re a dick.â€
Shortly after Mr. Obamaâ€™s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, â€œI should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.â€
After one day of meetings, the G20 nations voted unanimously on a resolution that said maybe everyone should just go home.
-The New Yorker