March 3, 2014
President Obama spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin for 90 minutes on Saturday following the “uncontested arrival” of Russian tanks in Ukraine.
The White House released a photo of that phone call, with Obama decked out in rugged denim.
The Reagan-esque image is an almost comically effort by the White House to portray a tough looking Obama to the American people, a likely reaction to the pointed criticism over his timid response to Putin’s aggression.
Twitter users tweeted the photo and their thoughts of Obama’s theatrics. The commentary is hilarious, despite the seriousness of the matter.
Don't really get why the White House released this pic of Obama talking to Putin. Superficial PR? What gain? pic.twitter.com/P7HfPhGiF1
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) March 1, 2014
Obama brandishes a phone at Putin (official WH photo) pic.twitter.com/K1Y6rxnv8a
— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) March 1, 2014
White House says Obama on the phone to Putin for 90 minutes. Didn't tell us he was on hold for 87. pic.twitter.com/gXE029198p
— Mark R. Boyle (@markrboyle) March 2, 2014
President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin (WH Photo) pic.twitter.com/XIJUbsgtnW
— Circa (@Circa) March 1, 2014
— Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis) March 1, 2014
WH photo: Obama on the phone with Putin. But where is his damn pen? pic.twitter.com/a0wc8hlCG7
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) March 2, 2014