Obama Calling Vladimir Putin
March 9th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Obama Calling Vladimir Putin

Update:  The White House Readout of the president's call:

President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election.  President Obama highlighted achievements in U.S.-Russia relations over the past three years with President Medvedev, including cooperation on Afghanistan, the conclusion and ratification of the START agreement, Russia’s recent invitation to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cooperation on Iran.  President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed that the successful reset in relations should be built upon during the coming years.  The President said that he looked forward to hosting President-Elect Putin at the G-8 Summit in May at Camp David.  The two leaders outlined areas for future cooperation, including strengthening trade and investment relations arising out of Russia’s pending accession to the WTO. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue discussions on areas where the United States and Russia have differed, including Syria and missile defense. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue their efforts to find common ground and remove obstacles to better relations.


Aboard Air Force One just now Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama would be placing a call to President-elect Vladimir Putin during his flight to Virginia this morning.

"Technology-willing it's probably occurring right now," Earnest said just before 11:30 AM.

He did not provide a preview of what the two leaders would talk about on the call, but he did say that the White House would be providing a read out later this afternoon. So stay tuned.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Name*Liz Carter

    Okaaay!!! Now do you all know or have you gotten a 'read out' on when the President will be taking his next washroom break? We have never been so privvy to so much information on previous Presidents, especially right down to every one of their private phone calls to Heads of States!!

    March 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  2. Name*Liz Carter

    You people are the worst things I've ever seen calling yourselves journalists. You folk thrive on setting up situations, misrepresentations, divisive spin, shaded truths, and events to the mas ses of the low intelligent and haters to have another go at the President EVERYDAY! You never did any former one that way; and if you did it was presented to us from you and the rest of the media outlets with at least a tinge of support, justification and positivity. And the simpletons of the blog have the nerve to keep claiming that the media, especially CNN is in bed with President Obama!!! I can't tell!! There is such a thing as TMIF...too much information; especially for some to grasp!! They have too much blockage!!

    March 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • John

      Ok Liz, the people who post are idiots (IYO) – these journalists are "the worst you've ever seen" you seem to be one nasty person.
      Do you watch CNN? Theie talking heads get giddy when they speak of BO and what he is doing. They "spin" their questions in a bias way towards BO and they defend him at every turn. You must be way, way out there if you think CNN isn't bias. Heck, they are almost as far left as MSDNC.

      March 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        Ok John...so if that's your position...what about your Good Ole Boys' at Fox? And yes I do watch CNN and I have found them to be AT TIMES 'Fair & Balanced'!! The very same thing Fox claims to be! At times, I said. Most of the time, especially recently, they throw in 'monkey wrenches' on President Obama just like everybody else. No...I not nasty...I call'em like I see them...just like I imagine you do!!

        March 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • John

        Sometimes I call them like I see them. Sometimes people call me names and I have to respond to set them straight. CNN on the left is similar to Fox News on the right and both are bias in their own way. MSDNC is totally left. The only one I like on MSDNC is Ratigan. But, I will watch any news that has people from both sides of an issue. FOX and CNN often have both Dems and Repubs on at the same time. MSDNC does not.
        The president, whomever it is, needs to be watched closely. They work for us. If they spend like crazy, or pass bills the American people don't want, or if they are bias towards one class of people over another they need to be called out. The person in the WH today is the most radical ever. The people he calls friends are open racists and socialists. One can only imagine what he really thinks and what his world view really is. Even dems should find it disturbing when this administration openly admits they do not and will not follow the lead of congress and their preference is to follow NATO and the UN because the "world law" supersedes "US Law". This is not the American way.

        March 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Brad

    He is most likley calling Putin to find out how he rigged the Russian elections so he can do it here...

    March 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      You see!! This is exactly what I mean...speculations!! Negative, biased speculations!! We didn't get a chance to 'speculate' on the events and actions taken by the last administration. Why? Because they didn't give us the chance...when we knew anything it was done and over with!! Except for the wars!! By this evening, this very speculatory statement could be the 'leading newsstory' on all of the outlets! Bring on the firestorming once again!!

      March 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • 2012 Go

      He could just call Bush for that !!

      March 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Joey

      Spot on Brad! One fraud admiring another.

      March 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  4. judy

    while you all are busy bashing each other Obama 2012 we need adults running this country.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Joi Gibson




      March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • jerry

      adults...hahaha you must be joking. hahaha obama is an adult...adults don't lie my dear judy judy judy!

      March 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  5. jerry

    wow last week he called that college student while she was waiting to go on national TV... now it is Putin. What kind of groveling is obaby doing this time?

    March 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Joey

      He called Fluke because she is now being represented by the progressive PR agency SKDKnickerbocker where Anita Dunn, the former Obama communications director is the managing editor. Follow the money, it always tells the tale.

      March 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  6. Joe

    Obama only called to get Hillary's Over Charge, I mean Reset button back..

    March 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  7. 4F

    To complete his normal routine with our sworn enemies, Obummer now needs to bow and kiss Putin's ring. It is truly embarrassing when we have a weenie for our president.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Well..you see what a bully got us as a President don't ya'?? Bloodshed, death, grief, and broke!! Oh yeah..and by the way, while he and the rest of his cronies were lining their pockets!!

      March 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  8. James

    I'm somewhat surprised that Putin would talk to Obama–After all not much clout anymore-Just a whole lot of debt–

    March 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  9. Albina Russia

    Good afternoon! I live in Russia and I want to assure you that the elections in our country were much more honest than you. And on your site I would have asked the Government to apply the same technology. Those who speak in our country on the legitimacy of the elections and massive fraud-lguny. Everyone from anywhere to monitor the elections. Putin chose people. It rises. And I hope that with your country relationship gathers momentum. The feud is not necessary.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  10. Pravda

    Of course Obama would call Dictator for life Vladimir Stalinn. He needs to find out what concessionss he needs to make to Putin so we can be "friends". Or he is getting thug tricks to rig an electiion. Either are plausible.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  11. Name*Liz Carter

    John, MSNBC does have pundits on their shows from both sides...it's just that 'RIGHT' always wins. I don't care what station it is! Fox even has people from both sides 10 percent of the time, but they often spin the comments from the left to agree with their forum or attempt to mak,e the commentator look stupid! That's what they do! As far as your comment about the administration not following the lead of Congress...when did that happen? When did it openly say they wouldn't be following the lead of Congress? First thing is...when was Congress leading and on what issue? They haven't lead on one thing other than obstructing everything, every suggestion, every idea, every resolution that President Obama has ever come up with!! And that's after they keep requesting that he come up with one! When he does or has done so...they make it their business to 'Just Say No'!! The American way?? That way has been proven to be no longer! Times, things, and people have changed! Yes, when it is a question of sending the military into a foreign country to fight or protect, he is right to get the 'lead', go ahead, or authorization from the UN. That's certainly something the last administration didn't care about! They didn't give two hoots about the UN turning down their request!! Furthermore...there were representatives as well as senators from Congress going from one tv show to the next crying foul that Obama was taking to long to go into Lybia...that he should have already made the decision...even asked how many more people would need to die before he made that decision?? We should have already been there according to John McCain, two weeks ago!! America has never 'lead from behind'..their blood is on Obama's hands!! Those are just some of the rhetorical claims I remember was being spewed while he and Hillary were in the process of getting the 'permission'! Not to mention the nasty comments also made by internet bloggers complaining about the length of time it was seeming to take for the US to get involved!! But of course, wouldn't you know that as soon as they got it they made the call or directive and went in...you antagonists still jumped all over him anyway; claming he was wrong to go in before begging 'MOTHER MAY I' from your beautiful, hardworking Congress!! They lead only in the mission to make Barack Obama 'a one term President'! That's it! By the way the American way was tainted by power and greed a long time ago...it no longer carries the original meaning for the poor nor the middleclass! The American way is not what it used to be...it is false...it has proven to be the wrong way for most! We're not exempt from being wrong and I don't care how long it's been in place!

    March 11, 2012 at 12:36 am |