GENEVA—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened her first extended talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by giving him a present meant to symbolize the Obama administration’s vow to “press the reset button” on U.S.-Russia relations.
She handed a palm-sized box wrapped with a bow. Lavrov opened it and pulled out the gift: a red button on a black base with a Russian word peregruzka printed on top.
“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked.
“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said.
Instead of "reset," Lavrov said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”
Clinton and Lavrov laughed.
“We won’t let you do that to us,” she said. Trying to recover, Clinton said the new administration was serious about improving relations with Moscow. “We mean it, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Lavrov said he would put the button on his desk and he and Clinton pushed the button together, before sitting down for their meeting.
A State Department official said the misspelling on the button was being corrected, in time for the post-meeting news conference.
Clinton gift gaffe to Russia
Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:37 PM
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Posted 06 March 2009 - 05:56 PM
I's seen a lot of change over the last hour here. Change in the way I sees you, and maybe change in the way you sees me. And I just want to say, if I can change....you can change....everybody can change!!!
You tell'em Rock.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:02 PM
Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:11 PM
$10 it's one of her right wing nutjob newssources.
Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:26 AM