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Rick Moran


June 7, 2014 - 11:49 am

Have you ever showed up at a party and discovered, to your horror, that your ex-girlfriend was invited too?

No, not the girlfriend you parted on good terms with. This is the girlfriend from hell that threw your stuff on the front lawn after she accused you of cheating for the 5th time — even though you didn’t.

Neither of you acknowledge the other’s presence as you dance around the room, keeping your distance, each one ignoring the other.

If this has ever happened to you, then you get an idea of what President Obama and President Putin were feeling at the D-Day commemoration yesterday.

The Hill:

Whether Obama and Putin would speak was the source of speculation throughout the president’s weeklong trip to Europe. On Thursday night, French President Francois Hollande scheduled two separate dinners with each leader avoiding an uncomfortable overlap.

Earlier Thursday, it appeared as if Putin and Obama were intentionally avoiding one another during a photo session with all dignitaries attending the event.

While Obama jovially greeted other leaders — planting a kiss on both cheeks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel — he and Putin kept their distance.

At one point when the leaders were walking from the photo session toward the building where they would dine, Obama was right behind Putin, but appeared to go out of his way not to acknowledge his presence.

Yikes! Almost as bad as a jilted lover.

Finally, after the lunch attended by world leaders, the two sat down in a quiet corner and discussed Ukraine:

The highly anticipated face-to-face conversation was the first time the two spoke in person since Russia’s incursion into Ukraine earlier this year, which brought U.S condemnation.

Earlier Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko were spotted speaking to one another, although the discussion occurred out of earshot of reporters.

Obama and Putin chatted for between 10 and 15 minutes at a lunch for world leaders, according to deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.

“It was an informal conversation — not a formal bilateral meeting,” Rhodes said, downplaying the brief interaction.

The Kremlin said Putin discussed ways to end the violence in Ukraine in his conversations with both Obama and Poroshenko.

“Putin and Obama spoke for the need to end violence and fighting as quickly as possible,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told USA Today.

With Poroshenko, Putin discussed the contours of a ceasefire agreement and other steps that could deescalate the crisis, French officials told the Telegraph.

“They were able to begin a dialogue on possible de-escalation measures including Moscow recognizing Poroshenko’s election,” an aide to French president Francois Hollande told the paper, adding that Putin would plan to dispatch an ambassador to Kiev.

“The practicalities of a ceasefire will also be discussed in the coming days.”

It appears that the current phase of Putin’s Ukraine gambit may be coming to an end. A deal between Putin and Poroshenko where the Russian president agrees to call off his pro-Russian militias and Poroshenko pulls back the Ukrainian army, with talks on the country’s sovereignty issues to be conducted by representatives of the separatists and Kiev government may be in the offing.

A halt in hostilities in Eastern Ukraine will give Putin time to digest the Crimea, fully integrating the region into Russia. After that, with the world’s attention elsewhere, the Russian president can do whatever he wants to continue to destabilize the region.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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When you think about it Obama and Putin are polar opposites
As leaders of their respective nations. Putin, whether you agree
With his politics or not, acts to build a strong Russia which
He is fiercely loyal to and proud of. Obama on
The other hand has taken every opportunity
Since day one to apologize for America's greatness,
Bow before tyrants and madmen, and weaken and
Divide this once great nation. He is leading America
And the world into perilous waters. He has two
Years following the November '14 congressional
Elections to complete his 'transformation' ( destruction)
Of America. Impeachment is off the table due to
The racial division and incitement the Left has cleverly
Stoked. Only the unthinkable becomes a viable and
Necessary option if America is to survive this megalomaniac
Leftist and jihadist sympathizer:
The Generals must heed the call from a higher
Authority. 'Shut up and salute' is the way of moral
Cowards when the nation's survival as a democracy
Hangs in the balance. They must stand up, leave their cushy
Trenches, charge into the political gun fire, and register
Their opposition to a commander in chief gone mad. They
Need risk their military commission and either openly oppose and
Refuse the orders to surrender or resign in protest.

This is the way of real patriots, real men. It has come
To this.
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Are you suggesting a coup d'état or merely (!) refusing to obey orders?
27 weeks ago
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American democracy is in peril as never before.
A president & AG who ignore law and constitution,
Rule by presidential fiat, a timid and cowering congress,
A fawning liberal media, and a complacent populace
Struck dumb by racial guilt, PC hype, and it's clever
Use by Chicago Alinsky radicals.
Short of a ' coup' which would be a constitutional
Crisis how about some five star generals just stepping
Up and being patriots instead of yes men?
With so much at stake we need the generals to
Speak up and loudly oppose the direction this misguided
Excuse of a leftist and stealth Islamist president
Is leading us. The Generals need to be heroes. But short of that
How about military vets and servicemen marching on Washington?
CNN & NYTimes couldn't ignore that. Could they?
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