George Bush: Putin Dissed My Dog

George Bush appeared on the Today Show Friday Morning, showing off his painting to his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, when he revealed a funny tidbit about an exchange he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his pet, Barney.

Bigger, badder, stronger:

When former president George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders during an interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday, it brought back memories of an encounter with Vladimir Putin that revealed a lot about the character of the Russian president.

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’’’ Bush told Hager.

He continued: “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’“I just took it in. I didn’t react. I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”

Can you imagine if Putin had done something like that to President Obama? Rep. Louis Gohmert would be trying to impeach President Obama for making America look weak in the pet face-off. Every hate talk show host on the conservative side would be berating Obama for not having a tougher pet, one that's virile and strong like moose.

Charles Krauthammer would be sighing and moaning to Brett Baier's all star panel and Pat Buchanan would be saying that Putin's pet proves that God is on Russia's side once and for all.


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