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From #Russia with love: In plea 'directly to the American people,' #Putin pokes #Obama on #Syria - Vocativ

Joke’s on Putin, Americans don’t read newspapers. He should’ve made a vine or some shit.
— Allison F. (@ablington) September 12, 2013

From Russia with love: In plea ‘directly to the American people,’ Putin pokes Obama on Syria

Dear inglorious country, you are not so special.
That was the essence of Vladimir Putin’s letter “directly to the American people,” published on the website of the New York Times on Wednesday. The op-ed, which ran under the byline of the Russian president, urged the United States not to strike against the Syrian regime and to stop thinking of America as “exceptional.”
You have to hand it to Putin, despite his dry apparatchik style, the guy knows how to play to his audience. “We are all different,” Putin writes, seemingly channeling Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV, “but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
Sadly for Putin, many journalists and celebrities quickly took him to task on Twitter. Maybe they felt the article lacked the passion and wit of Putin’s 2012 op-ed on “true democracy.” Or maybe they simply noticed the distance between the former KGB man’s rhetoric and his cuddly record on gay rights.
Either way, below are some of our favorite tweets. Vladi, perhaps you should keep your day job.
Putin has NYT op-ed out tonight and is also working on 20 Russian bears who would be so disappointed if you bombed Syria for BuzzFeed.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 12, 2013
It’s always nice when a guy who thinks homosexuality is contagious gives the world lectures about dangerous ideas. #Putin — LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 12, 2013
Good thing we don’t run photos of op-ed writers. Putin might want one with his shirt off. — Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) September 12, 2013
Did the New York Times announce a joint venture with RT and I missed it? — Tom Watson (@tomwatson) September 12, 2013
Putin just won the world champion belt in concern trolling
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) September 12, 2013

“Vlad? Barry. Just calling to say that everyone loves it. It had exactly the intended effect. Next week, write one trashing Obamacare.” — Duke (@DukeStJournal) September 12, 2013
Now that Putin is technically a Russian journalist, will his phone be bugged, his work self-censored, I wonder? — Amie Ferris-Rotman (@Amie_FR) September 12, 2013
Overheard at NYT: “Bad news is Assad bailed on his piece. Good news: We landed Putin!”
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 12, 2013
Let’s speed up the lede RT @jackshafer “We really like your piece, Vladimir. But it’s way, way long and you need to grab the reader sooner.” — Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) September 12, 2013
Joke’s on Putin, Americans don’t read newspapers. He should’ve made a vine or some shit.
— Allison F. (@ablington) September 12, 2013
I was kind of hoping the Putin op-ed would start in a cab.
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) September 12, 2013
“Tom Friedman is on vacation. His column will return next week.” — Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) September 12, 2013
At least Russia is the kind of free, open society that will allow President Obama to respond in their biggest newspaper. Oh wait. — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 12, 2013
I never thought I would see the day when Vladimir Putin would become both the world’s leader AND moral authority.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 12, 2013
In Russia, the op-ed writes you! (Drops mic, picks up mic, apologizes, stares into space)
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 12, 2013

@sethmeyers you’re going to love the Sunday crossword puzzle written by Kim Jong-un.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 12, 2013

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