Just a tourist who happened to wander by

reagan and putin

This is seriously incredible. The man with the camera is Vladimir Putin, then with the KGB and just starting his climb to the top, here pretending he is just a normal soviet tourist who just happens to have come by at the same time as the American President. From the story:

While on his visit, former Russian Premiere Gorbachev directed Reagan towards a number of “tourists” who then asked him politically charged questions about human rights.

At one point, Pete Souza, the photographer who snapped this picture, turned to the secret service and commented, “I can’t believe these tourists in the Soviet Union are asking these pointed questions.” The agent replied, “Oh, these are KGB families.”

Trust and verify! What fools they must take us for.

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24 Responses to Just a tourist who happened to wander by

  1. C.L.

    Ah memories …

    … of the days when the USA had a real president.

  2. Myrddin Seren

    Steve

    What fools they must take us for.

    Cold War theatre. The Secret Service knew it was a set-up.

    So presumably the Prez and his advisors knew what game Gorbie was playing.

    And Pete Souza was suspicious even before asking the friendly Secret Service dude.

    The only fools who would swallow this at face value are the likes of Senator Lee Rhiannon-Gorman-Brown, who spent the first part her adult life unquestioningly shilling for Moscow – and who probably wrote a glowing piece in her family’s Communist fan mag about the happy, well-off, enlightened proletariat workers pinning the evil Reagan-Satan-666.

    Sort of like what she still does today but with a different name inserted before ‘Satan-666′.

  3. Squirrel

    Remarkable pic. I read somewhere that Napoleon and Wellington slept in the same bed – but not at the same time.

  4. Nanuestalker

    Ah memories …

    … of the days when the USA had a real president.

    Indeed!

  5. Goanna

    Ronald Reagan. He was a great president and a man of the people.

  6. Zatara

    What I’d like to know is where that kid is now and how he feels about that handshake.

  7. Arnost

    Not sure if that is Putin. There is some dispute

    Regardless, if you as a tourist bumped into Ronnie – or any other major world figure – and that person offered to shake your sons hand… Would you have your camera around your neck? LOL. Certainly a KGB/NKVD agent.

    Ronnie was just dissing them. But just a bit more elegantly than like he man Putin likes to be seen now…

  8. Myrddin Seren

    The alleged Putin-character doesn’t even have a belt on his slacks.

    So whoever he is, the entire wardrobe was clearly provided by KGB central casting just before the gotcha op.

    Probably from the KGB’s ‘Visits to Cuba’ fashion line.

  9. Rabz

    Putin seems to pop up everywhere – there was a rumour that he was actually sent by the KGB to New Zealand and served some of his time as a spy there.

  10. calli

    Putin seems to pop up everywhere – there was a rumour that he was actually sent by the KGB to New Zealand and served some of his time as a spy there

    Here he is, in a cigarette vending machine.

    Whoops, sorry…that’s his cousin, Agent 13.

    And CL at 11.54…+100.

  11. Ant

    I was in my teens when Reagan won office.

    My view of him was formed solely by the portrayal presented by our media. That view basically saw him as an outdated bumbling clown.

    I shook my head in amazement at how Americans could elect somebody such as this as POTUS.

    Then I came across a speech of his when he was governor of California. I was left stunned listening to the clarity of thought and expression and how at heart his primary concern seemed to be the primacy of the individual and the risks of growing government incursions into areas of life where they should have little or no business.

    I felt betrayed and humiliated at how my opinions could be so easily exploited and manipulated by the news media.

    And I have never forgotten it.

  12. Steve Q

    Great orator Reagan, pity the ‘trickle-down’ economics he advocated has proven time and again not to work, and then there’s the whole support for murderous dictators thing…

    …but hey, forget about that! Look at that smile!

  13. Token

    Really Steve Q. You link to Marxists at the Guardian & Business Insider?

    LOL

  14. Steve Q

    Feel free to critique the quantitative techniques of the respective study authors, Tokes.

    I have to admit though I did laugh at the label of ‘Marxist’ for Business Insider, a business managed and contributed to by Wall Street Capitalists. The aluminium foil is strong with this one.

  15. jupes

    Great orator Reagan, pity the ‘trickle-down’ economics he advocated has proven time and again not to work …

    An even greater pity for you that Reagan never advocated for the leftist meme called ‘trickle-down economics’.

    Dickhead.

  16. Steve Q

    He did not refer to it by that name, but the tax regime to which the term can refer is an accurate reflection of some of Reagan’s policies.

  17. Token

    We understand the game Steve Q, you set up some strawman and then viiciously attack them.

    We are not silly enough to defend the pantomime parodies that lefties. It is clear you do not understand what you are talking about.

  18. Token

    …that lefties use to entertain themselves…

  19. eb

    Seems like Stevie Q is mixing up his Laffer Curve with trickle-down economics.

    You’re right Tokes, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  20. J.M. Heinrichs

    Of course he knows what he talks about,. After all, he was able to copy and paste exactly the phrases his “Guides” had suggested to him.

    Cheers

  21. GC

    @steve – hopefully you will have grown up by now and matured.

  22. Vasily

    We respected Reagan more than presently Obama.
    But I’m still not sure if that’s a young Putin.

  23. TerjeP

    My view of him was formed solely by the portrayal presented by our media.

    Same for me Ant. The TV basically said Reagan was an evil fool. I had to unlearn a lot of what I had absorbed passively through the media over the years before I could put him in the proper perspective.

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