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New Caption Contest: Obama and Putin -- Brief Encounters of the Chinese Kind

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The Canadian Press/AP Photo – Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, passes by US President Barack Obama at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA)


Our new contest photo is from Drudge with the headline “Odd Couple” – “Tense.”

Here is my favorite paragraph from the Reuters report linked to by Drudge with the headline “Obama and Putin are odd couple at Beijing summit”:

When the summit opened in a sprawling convention centre at a lake outside Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping walked in with Obama and Putin, both unsmiling, on either side of him.

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Putin was overheard saying in English in Obama’s general direction, referring to the ornate conference room.

“Yes,” Obama replied, coldly, according to journalists who witnessed the scene.

Well, at least they were talking and making nice-nice, but what were they thinking?

That is your mission — to go inside their brains and reveal their true thoughts. In addition, tell us what they really wanted to say aloud to each other besides this polite non-dialog, dialog.

Also, caption the photo because I know you can do better than Drudge with “Odd Couple” and “Tense.”

Here is my conversation entry:

Putin: “Ha ha ha ha.… loser.”  

Obama whispers off to side: “Valerie, what I should I say?”

Now, speaking of painful moments, here are the winners of our post-election contest,

What Comes After OUCH at the Huffington Post?


Credit: Huffington Post


RockThisTown took the grand prize with two winners:

OUCH. I’m feeling pain in all 57 states.

OUCH. We were finally shovel-ready . . . and got buried.

JRSWINE won with:

OUCH! Honey, I shrunk the Party.

OurUnitedStates won for:

Ouch, Michelle, they cut my Harry off.

Have fun with this new contest and remember you can be as sweet and nice as Putin is to those who disagree with him.