McCain: Obama Just Doesn't Get Putin

Great he canceled meeting, but this isn't some kid in a classroom, says senator

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2013 1:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – John McCain think it's great that President Obama axed his meeting with Vladimir Putin, but comparing Putin “to a kid in the back of the classroom, I think, is very indicative of the president’s lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is," McCain said today. "He’s an old KGB colonel that has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, continues to oppress the media, and continues to act in an autocratic and unhelpful fashion.” In short, Putin "does not have the United States-Russia relationships in any priority," and we need to treat him as such. Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Pete King on running for president: “This is not a game I’m playing, I’m serious. I’m serious about looking at it and we’ll see where it goes from there. I have no intention of being there just for the sake of being there, so if I think there’s any real chance and support, then we’ll move forward."
  • King on Obama and the NSA: “I applaud the president for continuing the NSA program. What I’m very critical of him for, though, is basically he’s been silent for the last two months. He’s allowed the Edward Snowdens and the others of the world to dominate the media and now we have so many people who actually think the NSA is spying on people, is listening to our phone calls, is reading our emails. The president has the obligation to be aggressively and effectively defending this program and he really didn’t do it."
  • Louis Gohmert on Obama's claim that GOP is trying to prevent people from getting health care: “That's a false narrative. That is an absolute, blatant lie. We're not trying to keep anybody from getting health care. And whether or not they have insurance under an exchange or not does not prevent people from getting health care."
  • House Homeland Security chair Mike McCaul on Obama's NSA reforms: "I think when the story initially broke, the president went under cover. He just finally came out last Friday trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing.. . The problem is he's failed to explain these programs which are lawful, which have saved lives, which have stopped terrorist plots. He has not adequately explained them or defended them. "

In this May 25, 2013 file photo, Sen. John McCain speaks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum.
In this May 25, 2013 file photo, Sen. John McCain speaks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)
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