State Department follies

Posted by: ST on March 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry:

GENEVA—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened her first extended talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by giving him a present meant to symbolize the Obama administration’s vow to “press the reset button” on U.S.-Russia relations.

She handed a palm-sized box wrapped with a bow. Lavrov opened it and pulled out the gift: a red button on a black base with a Russian word peregruzka printed on top.

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton asked.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said.

Instead of “reset,” Lavrov said the word on the box meant “overcharge.”

Hey, what’s she doing giving President Obama’s button to another country’s head of state? That button is supposed to be reserved for everytime Obama decides to “help” the American people with more entitlement programs, tax hikes, and pork. He just hits the “overcharge” button and the Democrats in Congress jump up like Santa’s elves to do his bidding.

The reaction to the “overcharge” gaffe?

Clinton and Lavrov laughed.

“We won’t let you do that to us,” she said.

Ed Morrissey quips:

Yeah, I’m sure Lavrov laughed. Later, he probably told his deputy, “Tell the crypto guys they can take it easy.”

Here’s the video:

Tommy Christopher helpfully points out:

Anyone who remembers a time from the Reagan era on back would know that the last thing you want to give Russia is “the button,” no matter what’s written on it. Why not just give Vietnam a “tripwire of friendship?”

’nuff said.

I'll have what she's having.

I'll have what she's having.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

4 Responses to “State Department follies”


  1. Lorica says:

    Does this reset button “reset” our relations all the way back to the cold war?? With this present Mickey Mouse administration I have to wonder if that isn’t what we are going to get. – Lorica

  2. Helen says:

    They left out a syllable. It should have been ???????????? – a clumsy word. Or they could have left it in English as, it would appear that nobody in the State Department speaks Russian. And yes, you do wonder what it is they want to reset to and why give the Russians a button to push. “Here, why don’t you press this red button and see what happens. Just in case, I had better say farewell now.” That and the woman’s insane comments in the European Parliament make one think that this might just be a bad dream. >:p

  3. T.H. says:

    It isn’t fair to blame the Department, after all, the White House made a similar mistake on the same day (via Britain). I blogged about it at LINK

  4. btenney says:

    She looks way too happy in the photo. The guy behind her?, Ggee, ya think?