Jan 27, 2009

Some Russians Don't Believe the Hype

or should I say some Russians don't believe the hope?

On Monday, Anne Applebaum (my favorite Slate writer) gave us this gem "The Obama Conspiracy: Why some foreigners can't believe Obama won the presidency fair and square." It seems there are a lot of hope-haters out there:

A number of international observers eschewed the general adulation and concluded, simply, that the entire event—the election, the inauguration—was a hoax.

Among those who don't trust the US electoral process are several academics, bloggers, and government officials in China (who censored the inauguration), Al-Qaida, and of course some of our beloved friends from Russia. Applebaum tells us:

Look...at Pravda.ru...Writing in the spirit of the times past, one of its authors informed readers last week that Obama's presidency was a sham. After all, he "became the president because one needed a scapegoat during hard times of the crisis," and he will not last: "[I]f Obama does not manage to extricate the nation from the crisis in two or three years, the Republicans will unveil their real candidate, and Obama's presidency will finish earlier than expected."

That's funny...Obama doesn't look like Medvedev to me. ;)


Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

To be fair, I'd rather prefer if "Republicans will unveil their real candidate."

I hear Cheney is looking for work.

Ern said...

Cheney has animals to kill! He's busy.