When Vladimir Putin decided not to respond to Barack Obama’s latest sanctions against Russia for meddling in the U.S. elections, it was a way to belittle Obama, portraying him as an angry and insecure president.
“We will not lower ourselves to the level of irresponsible ‘backroom’ diplomacy,” Putin’s statement said on December 30th. “It is a shame that the Obama administration is ending its term in this manner…Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.”
Putin even went as far as to invite the children of U.S. diplomats in Russia to attend the Kremlin’s holiday parties — free of charge.
The mockery didn’t stop there.
Hours after Obama announced his decision to expel Russian diplomats from the U.S., Russia’s embassy in Great Britain posted a Tweet with a duckling and word LAME embezzled across it. The post declared “As everybody including the American people, [we] will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration.”
And prominent Russian journalists went far beyond this Tweet duckling in belittling Obama, showering America’s first black President with openly racist insults.
On Friday, Russian magazine Life published a story titled “Year of the Monkey Who Slammed the Door” with Obama’s image in it. The author called Obama “vindictive” and “revengeful” and declared ““I hope I never again have to write about the weakest president in the history of the United States.”
An aide in the State Duma, Maria Katasonova also made a reference to the Chinese zodiac in her public post. She tweeted: “The Year of the Monkey is coming to an end. The monkey is angry and has a final shit.”
Год обезьяны подходит к концу.
Обезьяна злится и гадит напоследок.
— Мария Катасонова (@KatasonovaMaria) December 30, 2016
Russia’s infamous TV host Dmitrii Kiseliov who has a prime-time Sunday news program, has been poking fun at Obama as well. His latest episode was titled literally “The Black Term” and broadcast a portrait of Obama leaving the podium.
Earlier, Kiseliov weighed in on the first meeting between Obama and Trump at the White House calling Obama “unceremonious” and even “uncivilized.”
“Trump behaved like an English lord, while Obama was throwing his arms about as if he was in the jungle,” the host declared.