More ‘Gift Gaffes’

March 8, 2009 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, News, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

- By Warner Todd Huston

On top of the major faux pas in gifting promulgated by the Obamas during the visit of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown comes the story of the ridiculous mistake that Secretary of State Hillary “the linguist” Clinton made with her gift to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

The “gift” was supposed to be a funny one, but it was a misfire because it seems that Clinton couldn’t find anyone in the employ of the State Department that had a grasp of the Russian language. The U.S. media has not made too big a deal about this one but the Russian and British media has been playing this one to the hilt. It’s being called the “Button Gaffe” and it certainly is making our Sec. of State look stupid to the world.

At their meeting in Geneva last week, Clinton gave Lavrov what was supposed to be a “re-set button” telling the Russian people that we were “re-setting” our relationship. Unfortunately for our expert at foreign relations, the word on the button’s casing did not say “re-set” in Russian. It said “overcharged” or “overload.” So, if the Russian Minister were to push that button we’d be “overloading” our relations. NOT the message that we wanted to send, was it?

Now, it’s all well and good to have some fun with this idiot gaffe by Clinton’s State Department. Believe me, I am no fan of Foggy Bottom no matter who sits in the Oval Office. But this incident also shows another aspect of this uncivil administration.

Obama is not moving forward into his bright new future. He is wallowing still in what he thinks are the evil Bush years. Neither he nor anyone else in his administration spare the least bit of effort to forget about the last president. At every opportunity you can find them digging at Bush. This still born “re-set button” idea was just another aspect of that.

What are we supposed to be “re-setting,” anyway? What else but the presumed “failed” policies of the Bush administration. But what “failed” Russian policies could Obama and Clinton be talking about? After all, Bush rarely crossed Putin, saying he thought he was a man that he could deal with, that he “looked into his soul.” One of the only times Bush crossed Putin was when the Russians invaded the country of Georgia without justification. We stood with the beleaguered Georgians and for good reason. That made Putin mad.

So, what are we saying with this “re-set button”? Are we saying that from now on we will let Russia invade any nearby country that it wants to?

This gaffe means far more than the linguistic stupidity of Clinton’s State Dept. It is also shows the failure of the coming Obama foreign policy.

Along with the epic fail that was her “gift” we are also seeing the emergence of the epic fail of her foreign policy efforts.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as, Human Events Magazine,, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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