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What's Russian for "Idiot"?

I think the Obama cast needs a "gift giving" czar to handle all the diplomatic formalities.

In addition to Obama's cringe-worthy trinkets he gave to Prime Minister Gorden Brown, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a button with a wrong Russian saying printed on it.

From Politico.com:

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."

Clinton and Lavrov laughed.

"We won't let you do that to us," she said. Trying to recover, Clinton said the new administration was serious about improving relations with Moscow. "We mean it, and we're looking forward to it."

Lavrov said he would put the button on his desk and he and Clinton pushed the button together, before sitting down for their meeting.

A State Department official said the misspelling on the button was being corrected, in time for the post-meeting news conference.

Wonder if anyone in the the Obama administration knows which red button to push at 3:00 am if the need arises.


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Dear God,Someone s... (Below threshold)

Dear God,

Someone save us from the Amateur Hour at the White House.

вновь устанавливать = Reset... (Below threshold)

вновь устанавливать = Reset
I used google. Wasn't all that hard.

"Overcharge" ... they must ... (Below threshold)

"Overcharge" ... they must have mixed this up with the gift meant for the head of the IRS.

Heh. Smart diplomacy at its finest.

Why do I have the feeling t... (Below threshold)

Why do I have the feeling that the next place we'll see one of those "reset" buttons is at the top of our Constitution?

Hillary actually thought it... (Below threshold)

Hillary actually thought it was an 'Easy' button, so she wouldn't have to work too hard at being SOS.

I was going to say that, Ex... (Below threshold)

I was going to say that, ExSubNuke! Isn't there someone in this administration who knows something about protocol???

OverchargeАнглийск... (Below threshold)
retired military:



Go to MS Word

Type overcharge
Right click and highlite
Click on look up

have it translate it into russion for you.

I mean it was proven that liberals were able to use MS word in 2004 with the fake Bush NG documents. Maybe someone should have told them about the advanced features.

bah it didnt cpy and paste ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

bah it didnt cpy and paste right for some reason

We would have gotten this r... (Below threshold)
retired military:

We would have gotten this right if John Kerry were president. Of course then it would have been translated into French.

See, the whole gift-for-PM-... (Below threshold)

See, the whole gift-for-PM-Brown screwup was just a translation problem....

Wait I was using it wrong, ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Wait I was using it wrong, the word is


for RESET. Word didnt seem to have a translation for overcharge unless you split it into over charge

which is

Излишек обязанность

Obama "What do you mean I l... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama "What do you mean I launched a missile at China?? All my handlers said that Bush called it Nukelear not nuclear"

Overcharge is what they hav... (Below threshold)

Overcharge is what they have done to future generations so subconciously it comes out in there cheap gift.

After the Clintons cleaned the Whitehouse of all fine crystal and everything accept a blue stained dress You'd think they would learned how to present a proper gift?

Ms. Manners where are You?

"Wonder if anyone in the Obama administration knows which red button to push at 3am if the need arises?"

Yes they do. Its on Obamas back. They push it everytime He is to be in sync with the teleprompter.

Somewhere, someone at State... (Below threshold)

Somewhere, someone at State is ROFL their AO with their colleagues sharing high fives.

Some things are just too ni... (Below threshold)

Some things are just too nit picky to get worked up over, but there does seem to be a trend of incompetence surrounding this administration. Particularly when they boasted so much during the election of how professional they were going to be.

But when you add the constant flood of nomination disasters/withdrawals, the stock market declining faster each time Obama opens his mouth, the embarrassing leaked letter to the Russians, news that the White House is coordinating attacks on critics, the snubbing of the Brits, misspeaking "profit to earnings ratio", news that Obama can't go 5 minutes without a teleprompter... when do random dots become a picture?

"Wonder if anyone in the th... (Below threshold)

"Wonder if anyone in the the Obama administration knows which red button to push at 3:00 am if the need arises."

No. But I'll bet they're all carrying white flags they're ready to wave at anyone except conservatives. (remember who they consider truly evil.)

Idiot/stupid in Russian is ... (Below threshold)
Michael K.:

Idiot/stupid in Russian is "dirac". Yes, just like the famous physicist Dirac. Though, he wasn't an idiot by any means. People who have names like this are usually Jews who were assigned to them by the authorities.

Is getting wrong a Russian ... (Below threshold)

Is getting wrong a Russian phrase on a stupid ceremonial button an international crisis?
Should the State Department have the translators, resources and where with all to accuratly tranlate a single word into Russian?
Incompetant thy name is....

Where are the trolls to def... (Below threshold)

Where are the trolls to defend this? I'm really curious what they can come up with to explain why the Department of State apparently can't translate a single word into Russian but the government should be controlling all our health care.

Dis new 'ministration sure ... (Below threshold)

Dis new 'ministration sure do gots a lot of class. Dem bein' da eeelite an all and knowin' 'bout everythin.

Just think this idiot was a... (Below threshold)

Just think this idiot was almost a heartbeat away from being nominated to be the Vice-president. The country would have been lead by dumb and dumber. Oh wait they are already in office. Lots of blonde jokes are coming along shortly.

"Is getting wrong a Russian... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Is getting wrong a Russian phrase on a stupid ceremonial button an international crisis?
Well it may not be in this case. Suppose at the Mideast peace talks Obama says say something like "today is a great pig day" instead of "big day". Dont you think the Muslims will be a tad bit upset?

BTW a little history on "Small things"

Look up the history of the korean war peace talks. The 2 diplomats met in a tent. The one diplomat pulled out a small flag and set it on his side of the table. The other diplomat immediately got up and left due to not having a flag. The next meeting the 2nd diplomat brought a bigger flag. The first diplomat walked out.

Eventually they had to have a meeting just to discuss the height and size of the flags. NK complied with the dimensions but their flag stand was more decorative.

So small things can be a big deal.

What is Kenyan for Idiot?</... (Below threshold)
retired military:

What is Kenyan for Idiot?


Details are important - I t... (Below threshold)

Details are important - I tried to impress that on my son after his latest math test. Dumb mistakes can cause a LOT of trouble.

But something like THIS - that's something that should have been checked and double-checked along the line. As many jokes as were made about Bush - something like this wouldn't have happened. Might puke in someone's lap because of the flu, but you can bet a button like this would have used the correct word.

Oh, something else - have you noticed that we're seeing a lot MORE stories of this type? Could it be the MSM's gotten to a point where they're going "You know, much as we luv the Big O, there's just too much going on to ignore like we have in the past"? Or do they realize they'll tank along with the rest of the country?

"...have you noticed that w... (Below threshold)

"...have you noticed that we're seeing a lot MORE stories of this type?"

I'm sure Ram will be right on it. Something about all future televised events will have a built in 5 minute delay factor. Ram will remind the MSM who's side their supposed to be on. And it sure ain't the American public's.

You can bet Hillary! has already sent word out to cut the balls off "the button" translator. Here they were all set for a 'rub it in Bush's face' moment, and it backfires.

retired militaryI ... (Below threshold)

retired military

I actually agree completely. My point is in this case the mistake was no big deal but still shows the looming incompetency we can expect in future diplomatic efforts that can become a big deal.

It's Obama.<... (Below threshold)

It's Obama.

SOMEBODY had to say it.

I am not the oldest kid on ... (Below threshold)

I am not the oldest kid on the block, but I cannot remember an administration that tried to hard to insult, denigrate and trash the previous administration outside this country. It is almost as if they are trying to say that Democracy doesn't really work.

Red button? Does no one in President Obama's administration understand what a Russian pressing the red button means to most Americans?

"when do random dots bec... (Below threshold)

"when do random dots become a picture? "

This one's already lookin like a freakin' Seurat masterpiece!

Somehow, I can't help but b... (Below threshold)

Somehow, I can't help but believing that the Russian word for "idiot" is the same Russian word for "my ass is three feet wide."

Russian for Idiot: 'Durak' ... (Below threshold)

Russian for Idiot: 'Durak' (Doo-rock).

(You can also say "Idiot" (ih-dee-oat)

but I'm sure they'd ... (Below threshold)

but I'm sure they'd run healthcare just fine


Please use real russian dic... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Please use real russian dictionaries, guys:

Overcharge (n): перезаряд (pyerezaryad)
To Overcharge (vb): перегружать (pyeregruzhat')
Reset (n): сброс (sbros)
To reset(vb): сбрасывать (sbrosivat')
Reset button: кнопка сброса (knopka sbrosa)

спасибо! (spasiba)

Perhaps she should have stu... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Perhaps she should have stuck to a Staples "Easy" button in Russian:

"этот лёгкий!"

I agree that a gift-giving ... (Below threshold)

I agree that a gift-giving czar is certainly needed. Such a czar would have to be a southerner. A southerner would be mortified if, after the exchange of gifts, theirs was found lacking. Therefore, a southerner errs on the side of "over-gifting" Cheap playsets, DVDs, gimmick button? Even my trailer trash branch of the family can do better. But, when you put a Chicago-land politician in the White House all you get is crass, crass, crass. Grace, tact, class - AWOL. As an American (first) and a southerner (second) - I am ashamed!

Ok, this must all be a bad ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Ok, this must all be a bad dream...somebody wake me....

If only someone had warned ... (Below threshold)
Tony B:

If only someone had warned the nation about how inexperienced this guy is.

James"Please use rea... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"Please use real russian dictionaries, guys:"

Hey James if Microsoft word was good enough for the dems with the Bush NG papers that it is damn sure good enough for me. :)

"What is 'Kenyan' for Idiot... (Below threshold)

"What is 'Kenyan' for Idiot?


Actually, the person who wrote this is the idiot, because there is no "Kenyan" language.

"Kenya" was created by the British and other Western European states in the late 19th Century when they drew lines on a map and divided the African continent amongst themselves.

There is a Kikuyu language and a Lua language and several other indigenous languages, and then there is the official language of Kenya: English.

OH MY EFFIN' GOD, WE'RE ALL... (Below threshold)



Obama is an idiot needs no ... (Below threshold)

Obama is an idiot needs no translation.

"Hillary actually thoug... (Below threshold)

"Hillary actually thought it was an 'Easy' button...."... because it was a present meant for Monica. Not the Russians!


That may happen... when and if you EVER post something on topic or the slightest bit sane.

Ronald"There is a Ki... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"There is a Kikuyu language and a Lua language and several other indigenous languages, and then there is the official language of Kenya: English.


What is English for idiotic socialist?


"Peregruzka", the word they... (Below threshold)

"Peregruzka", the word they used actually means overload ( or overcharge in the physics/electricity meaning of the word.)

To "retired military":... (Below threshold)

To "retired military":

One of the great things about the United States is that it costs absolutely nothing to make a fool of yourself in a public forum.

Obama is about as "socialistic" as all of the capitalists who voted for him.

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and a bunch of other folks--including yourself--are the only folks who can see through Obama . . . Please.

That means that all of the entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals (and card-carrying Republicans) who voted for him are dupes. Perhaps they see what you are too myopic to see . . . Obama represents a section of capitalism that sees the need to shift toward a "green" and high-tech economy that is based on alternatives to fossil fuel. You think capitalist can't disagree and fight amongst themselves? Have you ever heard of World War I?

You want to talk about socialism? Seems to me that the way in which the richest five percent of the U.S. population controls more of the nation's wealth than they did 10 years ago is "socialism" . . . Marx and Engels thought of socialism (not communism) as "from each according to his ability, to each according to his work." Perhaps you favor a variant of that . . . "Take from the workers according to their ability and give it to the fats cats according to their greed" via corporate tax breaks, refusal to increase the federal minimum wage, gutting the regulatory mechanisms that could put a check on Madoff-like schemes, and supporting a predatory healthcare industry.

The Associated Press would ... (Below threshold)

The Associated Press would like Americans to believe that our representatives have no clue what they are doing. Judging from comments on the various message forums Americans are gullibly buying the simplistic explanation that our State department supposedly doesn't know how to translate the word "reset" into Russian. Nonsense! The Russian word peregruzka appears at the top of the button, spelled in latin letters. If this was meant to be a literal translation, why would the letters be in Latin? The english translation for this word is "overload" and anyone that knows how to type a few letters into an online translation website can easily figrue that much out. An english word appears below the button and that word is "reset". These words do very much make sense together: when something is overloaded (like a circuit), you reset it.

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