Cold Twitter War: Obama’s Puppy, Putin’s Big Cat

Who says this is “not a new Cold War?”

President Barack Obama did the other day.

Yet in the crossfire of sanctions flying over Russia’s incursion in Ukraine and the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister, has raised the stakes on Twitter. First he threatened to cut off Russia’s rocket-engine supply to the U.S. Now he’s mocking the American president’s sense of machismo.

Translation: “We have different values and allies”

(And that is no Portuguese water dog, like Obama’s actual first dog, Bo, and second dog, Sunny — though we do recall the critics of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair who called him President George W. Bush’s poodle, even if this really is a Bichon Frise, and that photo traceable.)

Despite Obama’s rejection of the current state of affairs as a new Cold War, we also recall, as we read Rogozin’s Russian-language Twitter feed, what the president told the now-retired talk show host Jay Leno last summer about the snow-leopard petting, bare-chested horseback President Vladimir Putin.

“There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality,” Obama said of the Russians. “What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s the past.”


We’ve also seen this snow leopard before.

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