- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
World leaders, they’re just like us… only more petty and childish apparently. Reuters pulls this tidbit out of former President George W. Bush’s forthcoming book, Decision Points:
Bush says he had introduced then-Russian President Putin to his Scottish terrier, Barney, on a visit to the U.S. presidential retreat, Camp David.
Putin returned the favor when Bush visited Russia and Putin was giving him a tour of the grounds of his dacha.
"A big black Labrador came charging across the lawn. With a twinkle in his eye, Vladimir said, ‘Bigger, stronger, faster than Barney,’" Bush writes. A copy of the book was obtained by Reuters.
Bush says he later told the story to the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, who replied: "You’re lucky he only showed you his dog."
Putin actually seems not to have done his homework here. Bush, who made his White House staff star in a series of truly painful Christmas videos starring Barney and Miss Beazley, clearly wasn’t embarrassed by his dogs. The old labrador retriever trick worked like a charm on Angela Merkel, but to really freak out Bush, Putin should have proposed a horseback ride.
Update: It seems FP‘s Preeti Aroon was all over this story way back in 2007.