Congressman: Putin Beat Me in Drunken Arm-Wrestling
Dana Rohrabacher recounts his strange tale from 23 years ago
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, Pool)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin is back in the news today, but not for the reasons you might think. BuzzFeed picks up on an interview that California congressman Dana Rohrabacher gave to radio station KPCC yesterday. In it, the former Reagan speechwriter recounts how Putin and other Russian politicians visited him around 1990 while on a trip to DC. They played football, they went to a bar, they drank, they argued about the Cold War. And then:

  • "We decided to settle it like men do when they’ve had a little bit too much to drink at the pub. So we got down to these arm-wrestling matches and I ended up being paired off with Putin—and he’s a little guy, but boy, I’ll tell ya: He put me down in a millisecond. He is tough, his muscles are just unbelievable."
And that, notes Daily Intel, is "why the Russian president doesn't believe in American exceptionalism."

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Sep 14, 2013 6:11 PM CDT
Of course him gots beat up him is a are calfiornian he aint no TEXAN he probably a girlieboy anywayif he was a TEXAN he wood have beat up this here commie rooskie but him I agree with on this here Syruia thing obmao has gots no nun idea so the Russia come and save him, but a TEXAN wood no what to do and kick ass and stuff. TEXAS TEXAS MANZIEL MANZIEL TEXAS TEXAS PRIDE TEXAS STRONG TEXAS
Sep 14, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: The 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY presidency to White House, we won't give (D) Secretary of State John Kerry a Cold Shower, won't be a spoiler either. May be Obama can get some new toys to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to play within one week ! Obama-Kerry talks without considering the consequences of what one (Russia) says.
Sep 14, 2013 5:24 AM CDT
It's hilarious how these ridiculous republicans are now on team Putin... they hate America so much for voting in a black president, and now are even siding with Russia just out of hate for Obama. It is sad and pathetic!