Bush sides with Putin against Cheney
President Bush today laughed off a quip from Vladimir Putin about Dick Cheney's quail-hunting accident[.]Georgey Porgey better steer clear of Dick this hunting season.* * *
The US Vice-President angered the Kremlin with a speech in May in which he accused Russia of [using] its energy reserves as "tools of intimidation or blackmail".* * *
Mr Putin replied to the criticism this week, likening it to "an unsuccessful shot on his hunting trip[.]"* * *
Asked about the jibe today, Mr Bush replied: "It was pretty clever - actually quite humorous. Not to diss (show disrespect to) my friend the Vice-President."
But Mr Bush said that he would take care not to lecture Mr Putin during his visit to Russia. "Nobody really likes to be lectured a lot. And, therefore, *** if you want to be an effective person,*** what you don’t do is scold the person publicly all the time," he said.