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January 13, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov not with a reset button at today’s Syria talks in Paris, but with… a pair of potatoes.

 

At their joint press conference, a confused Russian reporter asked about the gift. “It is a symbolic gift? What does it mean?”

“Well, he told me he’s not going to make vodka. He’s going to eat them,” Kerry quipped before changing the subject.

“With respect to the potatoes, I really want to clarify: There’s no hidden meaning,” he later said. “There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything. We were having a good conversation in the course of the Christmas break over the subject of Idaho, which was where I was at the time, and he recalled the Idaho potatoes as being something that he knew of, so I thought I would surprise him and bring him some good Idaho potatoes. And that’s the full symbol of the whole thing.”

“The specific potato which John handed to me has the shape which makes it possible to insert potato in the carrot-and-stick expression,” Lavrov laughed. “So it could be used differently.”

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Russia responded by putting State Department press secretary Jen Psaki in a pink ushanka:

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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To think this man was almost president.

To think, he would have been an improvement.
1 year ago
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Now spell, Comrade.
1 year ago
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Since there was a prior conversation about Idaho potatoes between them, Kerry's gift was appropriate. I'm certainly no fan of Kerry. I would however have presented them in a quieter, less formal way—like my staff member gives them to his staff member. While Kerry says there is no hidden meaning, I think this is foreshadowing the future diet of Americans if their policies continue.
1 year ago
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You are a dietary optimist, I see.
1 year ago
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The Russians received the pair of potatoes in good grace, they wanted to give Kerry a pair back, but no men in the Obama cabal has a pair, nor would they know what to do even if they did.
1 year ago
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"These spuds' for you"

"There’s no hidden meaning,” he (Kerry) later said. “There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything."

No, sir. It is true symbolic of your words and actions - absolutely nothing.
1 year ago
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So everyone in the Obama administration is a stroke patient, not just Biden.
1 year ago
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See here? This is what they used for my face lift!
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