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cowcommander Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:18 AM
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Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin helps to tackle Russia's summer wildfires
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 02:19 AM by cowcommander
Source: Guardian

Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin climbed into a firefighting plane yesterday and dumped water on two of the hundreds of wildfires sweeping through western Russia and cloaking Moscow in a suffocating smog. In a carefully managed photo opportunity, he joined an airborne firefighting team dumping water on one of the two hundred fires. After taking off in a Be-200 firefighting plane, he then moved into the co-pilot's seat. Usefully placed television cameras captured the moment he pushed a button to unleash gallons of water on forest fires about 120 miles south-east of Moscow. After hitting the button, Putin glanced toward the pilot and asked, "Was that OK?" The response: "A direct hit!"

The fires that have savaged Russia in the past two weeks have caused billions of dollars in damage and left thousands homeless. Putin has called on soldiers to help overstretched firefighting brigades and has played a visible role, walking through villages effected by the fires and promising new homes.



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/11/vladimir-pu...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:20 AM
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1. And then he flew over to Alaska
JUST TO FREAK OUT PALIN. :P
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Mac1949 Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:57 AM
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2. But...but...but... He's got his shirt on!
Even if it is just a photo op, I don't care, I like Putin. Obama should do two-fisted/marlboro-man/miller-time type photo ops. Besides, it's keeping attention on the disaster in Russia. :thumbsup:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:15 AM
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3. Amazing hype, considering how many are suffering.
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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:07 AM
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4. Having a leader of your country on the front lines trying to fix the problems
Damn. I wish we had a Vladimir Putin here in the USA. Meanwhile, our leaders are falling all over themselves to save the big banks, save the corporations, save the rich from having to pay taxes. Did the wrong side win the cold war? I'm beginning to think so.
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dnbn Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:13 AM
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5. He is not the Russian president. (n/t)
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