Posted by MataHarley on 6 March, 2009 at 1:07 pm. 16 comments already!

What with all the FA foo-fer-rah over the DVDs, Churchill bust, and other sundry battles raging over the past 24 hours, I caught something today that really make me laugh at the irony of it all. Me thinks that those advising the POTUS and his admin on what to “give” should maybe restrict themselves to something safe…

Latest case? Hillary’s Russian faux pas with the symbolic “reset” button… OMG…

It started with Biden who, for once, can’t get nailed with this gaffe. Early February he made news in Munich with his speech at the Conference where he para-phrased Obama, saying:

It is time — to paraphrase President Obama — it’s time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia.

Along comes Hillary, here to assure our former Cold War nemesis that this new admin was determined to mend the broken relationship. Word has she greeted the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a symbolic “gift” of a red button with the word “reset” on it in Russian.


…. or so she thought…

“I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: ‘We want to reset our relationship and so we will do it together,” said Clinton, presenting Lavrov with a palm-sized yellow box with a red button.

Clinton joked to Lavrov: “We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?”

“You got it wrong,” said Lavrov, smiling as the two pushed the reset button together before dinner at a Geneva hotel.

He told Clinton the word “Peregruzka” meant “overcharge,” to which Clinton replied: “We won’t let you do that to us.”

“We mean it and we look forward to it,” she said of “resetting” the relationship, a phrase that Joe Biden first used at a security conference in Munich.

Lavrov said he would put the gift on his desk.

What bozos do they have in charge of all this stuff? You’d think an mistake in “judgment” here or there may be understandable. But based on their performance thus far, I suggest they stick with sending on a complement of Keebler or Oreo cookies…. both regular and low fat, to be politically correct, of course.

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UPDATE from Breitbart on Mar 7th

Seems some Russian media are having a field day with the faux pas…

Russian media has been poking fun at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she gave her Russian counterpart a “reset” button with an ironic misspelling.

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But instead of the Russian word for “reset” (perezagruzka) it featured a slightly different word meaning “overload” or “overcharged” (peregruzka).

Daily newspaper Kommersant put a prominent picture of the fake red button on its front page and declared: “Sergei Lavrov and Hillary Clinton pushed the wrong button.”

A correspondent for NTV television called it a “symbolic mistake,” pointing out that US-Russian ties had become overcharged in recent years due to discord over such issues as missile defence and last summer’s war in Georgia.

“The friendly US gesture was upturned by a small amusing incident,” the news website RBC.ru wrote in an article posted late Friday evening.

“Yet this curious episode did not stop Clinton and Lavrov from pushing the button in front of television cameras.”

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