Was Putin right that Obama is either an idiot for adopting socialism or he wants to collapse the economy?

MOSCOW (SR) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned the Obama administration against adopting further socialism, saying Russian history clearly proves it is a recipe for failure.

“Any fourth grade history student knows socialism has failed in every country, at every time in history,” said Putin. “President Obama and his fellow Democrats are either idiots or deliberately trying to destroy their own economy.”

Economists say Putin’s comments serve to illustrate how worldwide markets have made even economic adversaries dependent on each other’s financial stability.

An Obama spokesman dismissed Putin’s claim, saying, “We’re going to do socialism better.”

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  • Di
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    The phrase "been there done that" certainly applies. Putin knows what happened in the USSR and why it is now Russia.

    I think Putin has more political acumen than Obama, which is why at the recent G8 in Northern Ireland, Putin looked bored to tears while sitting with Obama. I guess Obama just isn't much of an intellectual challenge.

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  • 5 years ago

    As long ago as 2009, it surfaced on Godlike Productions, a site that regularly discusses UFOs and conspiracy theories. While some commenters questioned the quote’s veracity, many lauded it: "Even Putin knows history and he is an intellectual man-with EXPERIENCE. Regardless of his early years in KGB-he seems fairly aware and likely giving sound advice," wrote one user.

    Another site called "Obama sux" even used the quote as its motto, putting Putin’s name in Cyrillic letters – Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин – to add an authentic touch.

    But we just needed a little Web sleuthing to confirm that the original source of the quote was a blog post in February 2009, on a site called Scooter’s Report. It was part of a short article titled, "Putin: Obama ‘Idiot’ For Adopting Socialism."

    The article quoted Putin as saying that Russian history clearly proves Obama’s approach is a recipe for failure. It ended with this rebuttal by an Obama spokesman: "We're going to do socialism better."

    So what is Scooter’s Report? It’s a blog that mixes satirical articles with offensive, manipulated images of Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. It only appears to have been updated once since 2011. A different site, World News Bureau, is operated by the same blogger, publishing such posts as "Chris Matthews not allowed to masturabte during Obama interview" and "Unexplained Phenomena Reported At Monticello."

    The people distributing Putin’s alleged quote didn’t bother to look at a disclaimer on Scooter’s Report that says: "Like I have to tell you. This is fictitious satire and any resemblance to persons, places, or events is coincidental."

    Our ruling

    A recent Facebook meme said Vladimir Putin accused Obama of being an "idiot" for trying to implement socialism in the United States. The alleged quote has circulated online for almost six years, but we can say with confidence that the quote comes from a satire website, a truth that could have been easily discovered through a few clicks on the Internet. We rate the claim Pants on Fire.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements...

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    • Gary, all you've shown is two things. You know how to plagiarize, and you do your research on radical left-wing sites known for their propaganda. Looks like you're the fake.

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  • cilley
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Obama Socialist Quotes

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  • 7 years ago

    You realize Putin's power flows from the old Soviet system, right? Since when do the Right think Putin is some sort of guru?

    I think Putin is playing the gullible Right. He knows the idiots will parrot what he says to rail against Obama.

    BTW, why are you citing a 4 year old blog post?

    • You really have no idea what you're talking about. You know nothing of what you call the "right" or what that really means.

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  • beich
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    3 years ago

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  • Datx
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    I've linked in my sources the wikipedia article on socialism. You should read it before you continue to embarrass yourself. Obama is seeking reforms that don't even bring the US anywhere close to the level of socialism/social democracy that exist in other G8 nations. And given the weakness of Russia's economy, government, and infrastructure - I'd say Putin is a pretty weak source of criticism.

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    • Wow, are you so ignorant of how our political system has come to work that you don't even realize that Obama is a staunch Socialist?

      Makes sense, as they allow you to write for Wikipedia - a known disinformation site.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No. Apart from Social Security, Veteran's Healthcare, the fact that we have a Military and Medicare, there is no proof of Socialism being part of our governmental system in the United States.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Putin is correct om both points . This administration and it's " leftist " agenda are a recipe for disaster .

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The answer would have to be no since Putin never said that. However that hasn't prevented gullible righties from believing for years that he did say it. You aren't really one of them, are you?

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