Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So How Did Condi's Trip to Russia Go, Anyway?

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice listen to remarks during a joint press availability with their Russian counterparts after a day of meetings in Moscow March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Uh, oh, Klingon Condi doesn't look like she's having fun! Somebody break out the board games! So obviously Condi's bosses didn't have much faith in her ability to accomplish anything; that's why they sent along Gates as backup. And the result of this trip? Failure, natch!

Also, LOL:

MOSCOW (AP) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks Russian, and for awhile Tuesday she seemed to forget that not everyone is bilingual.

Rice gave a Russian translator fits when she gave a nearly five-minute outline of the day's meetings she and Defense Secretary Robert Gates had with Russian officials. On and on she went, in English, while the translator scribbled furiously, waiting for his turn to tell Russian reporters and a television audience what she'd said.

Usually, officials say a few sentences in their native language, wait for the translation and then continue.

"Oh, sorry, sorry, sorry!" Rice exclaimed when she realized the translator's predicament. "I forgot!"

The man did his best, giving a Russian summary of Rice's remarks punctuated with helpless little waves of his hand to show he hadn't quite gotten down every word.

"Close enough," Rice said in English.

OMG, whatevs!


Jess Wundrun said...

Umm, learning to deal with translators is something only diplomats in their eighth year at the top of the heap are expected to know.

Condi's only been at it for seven. Sheesh.

Matty Boy said...

We hate you, you hate us, we've got nukes, you've got nukes, let's start the Cold War again!

Yep, close enough.

Verification: stofuxo

Which all of us wish Condi would do.

Anonymous said...

"'Close enough,' Rice said in English."

Another Rice fakery. She probably understood about 10% of the Russian.

HRH King Friday XIII said...


"Mission Accomplished!"


"Close Enough."

Anonymous said...

Fluent in Russian? NOT. Lavrov makes her nervous. That run-on diatribe of non-sense is the effect his presence has on Dr. LeCondel. According to journalists who travel with her, Lavrov and Putin make Dr. Diplomat uneasy. Apparently, both of them can "get under her skin," which we all know is a feat.

Anonymous said...

Lavrov, clever sleaze-ball that he is, knows Rice is an ignorant phony re the outside world, which of course makes the good "Dr" Condi rather uneasy in his presence for fear of being "discovered" by others as the utter "Russian-expert" impostor that she is. 'Nuf said.

dguzman said...

"punctuated with helpless little waves of his hand"--aka flipping LeCondel off.

Anonymous said...

Do you think she practices those faces in front of a mirror?

Karen Zipdrive said...

Here, let me translate:

The United States blah blah blah blah superpower blah blah hopefully blah blah blah diplomatic dialog blah blah blah...or else."

What an great opportunity Condi blew in Russia. With all the braggery she's done about her degree in Russian studies, the bitch should have started speaking Russian from the get-go and charmed the pants off those Commies.
But no. I'll bet she speaks Russian like I speak French- I can sort of read an menu and that's it.

hughman said...

i love her face here.