Obama and Putin: Who’s Pulling the Strings?

Who would you rather have as your leader? Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin?

Love him or hate him President Obama rose to power at an early age. With his background it really was  an amazing accomplishment. How did he do it? One can only wonder what promises were made. And to whom? Who really pulls the strings?

President Obama apparently doesn’t enjoy the confidence of the majority of Americans. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday. Oct 12, 2014 shows that 47% of likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. Some polls show even weaker approval numbers. Obama doesn’t seem to care. He shows an arrogance that is troubling to this former supporter. For example, he thinks acting as judge, jury, and executioner with drone strikes against anyone,anywhere in the world is Ok.  Maybe I’m old fashioned, but that seems to be too much power in the hands of any one individual. It’s a policy that is generating blowback that will haunt Americans for years.

The question remains. Who pulls Obama’s strings? And Who Pulls Putin’s?

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According to Wikipedia, Vladimir Putin for 16 years served as an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired to enter politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin’s administration where he rose quickly, becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999 when Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned.

Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election and was reelected in 2004. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. Dmitry Medvedev won the 2008 presidential election and appointed Putin as Prime Minister, beginning a period of so-called “tandemocracy“.

In September 2011, following a change in the law extending the presidential term from four years to six,Putin announced that he would seek a third, non-consecutive term as President in the 2012 presidential election, an announcement which led to large-scale protests in many Russian cities. He won the election in March 2012 and is serving a six-year term.

Now, after flexing Russian muscle, the Russia people seem to love President Putin. He has an approval rating of over 80%. Standing up to western nations seems to have a lot to do with his rating.  The big question is if he has the judgement to avoid  an ongoing conflict. No doubt another cold war is on. Is Putin his own man, or does even he have someone or some group pulling strings? What do you think?

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