The Russians don’t care if you call them racists

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2014 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

Russian Who Lit Olympic Cauldron Tweeted Racist Picture Of Obamas Last Year

SOCHI, Russia (CBS DC) — A three-time gold medalist who lit the Sochi Olympic cauldron Friday tweeted a racist picture last year of the Obamas.

Irina Rodnina, who won the gold in women’s figure skating in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 WinterOlympics, posted a doctored picture on Twitter last September of President Barack Obama, who had a mouth-full of food, and Michelle Obama staring at a banana that is being waved at them.

The Guardian reported at the time that Rodnina immediately deleted the tweet but never apologized for posting the picture.


“Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, and you should answer for your own hang-ups,” she said, according to The Guardian, adding she got it from friends in the U.S.

At the time, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called it “outrageous behavior, which only brings shame to her parliament and country.”

The relationship with U.S. and Russia has been frayed, especially with Russia harboring former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Rodnina is currently a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.

TD here. What I am getting at here, is not to make us more mean and nasty. I just want to help us get over the tired old false accusation of racism. Heck, I’m of Irish descent. You could just as easily substitute my face for Barry’s, and the banana with a beer, and you would be accurate. But I’m not making a big deal of it. So let’s not give Barry’s thugs the ability to make us feel ashamed for recognizing the obvious. 

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0 responses to “The Russians don’t care if you call them racists

  1. My guess…she is Putin’s payback to barry for the homosexual entourage to Sochi. It doesn’t seem racist to me, more like basement humor…he IS making a face and those ears…need I say more?

  2. This is just one of Putin’s jabs at Obama. There will be more.

  3. Thank you traildust for this great post! Good for the Russians! I was also pleased that the absolute first thing shown during the Opening Ceremony program, was a huge picture of the Blessed Mother and the Baby Jesus, in iconic art. Wonderful!

  4. Joan! I saw it too! Have America and Russia traded places in their viewpoints on Christianity?

  5. TD—ditto—any & all of us could be made the topic of a dumb or rude-appearing tweet if there’s a goober picture of us out there (I can’t bear to have a picture taken b/c I ALWAYS look like that anymore—or always seem to get caught in a bad moment–&you have to agree—the picture of the Obama’s WAS a bad moment!) Here’s a little more for thought: Irina lived here in So. Cal for a decade….she’s observed American presidencies & lived under their policies ….(in fact, she said she GOT the original tweet from friends in the USA) AND, at least one of her children still lives here in CA—a journalist for a very LIBERAL concern. Perhaps there’s polar political discussions in the family? Irina would walk through fire for this child…and has…but she’s never been one to hold back an opinion from anyone….I bet her kid got that tweet along w/her other tweetees 🙂

  6. Oh dear..someone made fun of the king. Get over it!


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