Not only that, but he used the New York Times to do so, not that he probably had to twist any arms:
NYT refused to run an oped by John McCain at the height of the '08 campaign. But Putin lecturing Americans on rule of law–they're on it!
— Michael Goldfarb (@thegoldfarb) September 12, 2013
Boy are they ever!
The Vladimir Putin op-ed in the @nytimes may contain more chutzpah per square inch than any op-ed in history.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) September 12, 2013
Here’s a direct quote:
"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation." -Putin http://t.co/5tCMrvvqbU
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 12, 2013
An expanded version:
My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
There’s a certain amount of global “you didn’t build that” bravado in that paragraph by Putin.
— Roy Abrams (@RQA) September 12, 2013
Dana Perino would like to meet the person who penned Putin’s op-ed:
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) September 12, 2013
If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read Putin’s entire article, here is the “quick read” version:
— Terry Glavin (@TerryGlavin) September 12, 2013
Let the good times troll:
Nobody, nobody can troll like Putin.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) September 12, 2013
The Russian president just trolled an embarrassed United States in its paper of record on September 11th. Everything I love is dead.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 12, 2013
Here’s our closing thought:
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