Max Fisher of Vox may be the only person in America who didn’t blush when President Barack Obama, in his 60 Minutes interview Sunday, tried to characterize Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military incursion into Syria as a sign of weakness.
Fisher, in fact, gushed that Obama delivered “a pretty sick burn mocking Putin’s leadership” during the interview.
Kroft: He’s challenging your leadership, Mr. President. He’s challenging your leadership—
Obama: Well, Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.
To the Juiceboxers at Vox, that qualifies as a “sick burn.”
(David Burge [@Iowahawk] once described the left-wing website Vox as a place “where people 10 years removed from a minivan booster seat explain the world for you.”)
Fisher argued that the “jab” was not just aimed at Putin, but also at his “ever-devoted fan base in the DC punditry.” Which is an odd thing to say, because Putin doesn’t really a fan base in the D.C. punditry either on the right or left.
“Both at home and abroad, he is weaker than ever,” wrote Fischer, sycophantically echoing Obama’s unconvincing argument.
Meanwhile, Putin this weekend boasted about how effective Russia’s airstrikes in Syria have been and suggested that the U.S. could have done better with with their $500 million program to train and support militant groups.
“It would have been better to give us $500 million,” Putin said of the aborted U.S. program to fund the Free Syrian Army. “At least we would have used it more effectively from the point of view of fighting international terrorism.”
I’m not a fan of Putin, but that is what you call a “sick burn.”