A saying, attributed to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, that compares negotiating with Barack Obama to playing chess with a pigeon, has been making its rounds of Facebook for a couple of years now. It’s hilarious, but it appears that Vladimir Vladimirovich never actually said it.
Right now, Vladimir Vladimir-ovich isn’t doing any negotiating at all. He’s presenting Obama with some facts on the ground in Syria. His unspoken message to Obama seems to be, “Deal with it.”