OBAMA METAPHOR … OVERCHARGE
Barack Obama Administration … Not Ready for Prime Time. What a great way to make a first impression with the Russians. So this is how one resets relations … with a gaffe. As The Weekly Standard aptly puts it, Restoring Our Standing in the World One Gaffe at a Time. How fitting that the Obama Administration would use the word overcharge.
Reset (‘peregruzka’) = Overcharge in Russian
Overcharge: A trillion in spending there . . . A billion for the Palestinians . . . A plunging Dow, wiping out retirement and college funds . . . Cap ‘n trade that will cause energy prices to soar and potentially bankrupt the coal industry . . . Higher taxes for small business owners . . .
Could there be a better metaphor for the Change promised by Barack Obama than the recent gaffe by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Russia with regards to the “Red Button”? Can the Obama Administration get anything right?
Hillary Clinton thought she was giving a Russian diplomat a reset button fir foreign relations, instead she gives them an “overcharge” button instead. DUH!!! Are you telling us that there is no one in the Obama Administration that does not know how to translate Russian? Funny, go to Babelfish and reset is translated as ??????? in Russian.
After promising to “push the reset button” on relations with Moscow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a light-hearted gift at their talks here Friday night to symbolize the Obama administration’s desire for a new beginning in the relationship.
It didn’t quite work out as she planned.
“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said, to Clinton’s clear surprise. Instead of “reset,” he said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”
We want to reset our relationship and show the world that the Obama Administration isn’t ready to lead, fix an economy or translate words correctly.
We worked hard to get the right Russian word … You got it wrong. [God only knows what word might have been used if they did not work hard.]
As the Gateway Pundit stated, Hillary Clinton was sure to have dropped some F-bombs behind closed doors after this incident. It is amateur hour in the White House … there is some change you can believe in.
So the LEFT claims that the usual wingnuts are making a big deal out of this, yet these are the same people that ridiculed GWB and any Republican when they make a gaffe. There’s some consistency you can believe in. Like it or not, your Obamamessiah’s Administration is a gaffe a day and VP Biden has not even gotten he gaffe legs yet.
UPDATE I: Lost in Translation as Hillary’s joke goes awry. I guess its a good thing that Clinton was not in the Middle East trying to translate that Islam is a religion of peace. Or as Jules Crittenden states, “I thought Hillary was supposed to be the one with the 3 0′clock in the morning wake-up call experience.”
It’s been quite a week for Hillary Clinton and the Obama apology tour. I guess this is the new way how we are to be respected in the world. GWB mis-speaks and it’s a global crisis, Hillary gaffes and she must be tired.
Daily newspaper Kommersant put a prominent picture of the fake red button on its front page and declared: “Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton pushed the wrong button.”
A correspondent for NTV television called it a “symbolic mistake,” pointing out that US-Russian ties had become overcharged in recent years due to discord over such issues as missile defence and last summer’s war in Georgia.
“The friendly US gesture was upturned by a small amusing incident,” the news website RBC.ru wrote in an article posted late Friday evening.
“Yet this curious episode did not stop Clinton and Lavrov from pushing the button in front of television cameras.”