Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday on Syrian crisis caused a stir around the world. It also prompted various kinds of responses from politicians, analysts, television hosts, bloggers, and journalists. The most interesting reactions, however, were found on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
In a much-awaited response from The White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Unlike Russia, the United States stands up for democratic values and human rights in our own country and around the world.”
Putin’s Times Op-Ed piece drew a lot of criticism from Washington D.C. in general. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a sarcastic comment on Putin’s closing lines that, “We ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal,” saying he should treat gays and lesbians as equals in his own country.
She made a reference to the draconian anti-gay law in Russia which was passed in June this year. Human rights groups say the questionable legislation contributed to fueling attacks on homosexuals under Putin’s supervision.
House Speaker John Boehner, according to Wall Street Journal, remarked the op-ed added to his skepticism if Russia could be trusted with the Syrian disarmament of chemical weapons.
On the internet, we found far better and wittier reactions. More or less, people mocked, slammed, and bashed Putin for advocating principles which he himself doesn’t follow.
Check out the most interesting and hilarious tweets on Putin’s Times op-ed below:
I'm so angry about Putin's op-ed that I'm canceling my subscription to the New York Times. First step: Subscribe to the New York Times.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 13, 2013
I hope Putin has taken adequate protections. Now that he is a Russian journalist his life may be in grave danger!— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) September 12, 2013
I hope President Obama submits a pro-gay marriage op-ed to http://t.co/XKoKnOyCwP tomorrow. Not that they'd post it.— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 12, 2013
That riff about exceptionalism in the Putin op-ed does for the art of trolling like "Sgt. Pepper" did for the rock album.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) September 12, 2013
At least Russia is the kind of free, open society that will allow President Obama to respond in their biggest newspaper. Oh wait.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 12, 2013
Putin op-ed really does read like the action movie villain speech about you idealistic Americans and your "freedom" at the very end— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 12, 2013
This is very funny --and tragic. “@daveweigel: Next, Putin delivers a mysterious crate marked "ACME" to the White House.”— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 12, 2013
Putin just won the world champion belt in concern trolling http://t.co/tBPbQP56FC— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) September 12, 2013
New theory: Putin’s trying to annoy Americans into supporting a disastrous attack— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) September 12, 2013
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