President Joe Biden calls on reporters for questions while speaking about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2022, in Washington. Credit: Alex Brandon / BDN

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Matthew Gagnon’s recent column in the BDN, “White House has mishandled Russia for decades,” narrowly misses calling former President Barack Obama “uppity.” Referring to pre-election debates between Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Gagnon says that while Obama would “savagely attack” Romney, he also accuses Obama of mercilessly mocking his opponent (the apparently helpless Romney). Then Gagnon is so anxious to point out Obama’s “arrogant and insulting condescension” toward Romney, that Gagnon says it twice, in the same opinion piece.

While Gagnon admitted that perhaps George W. Bush didn’t do all that well on the Russian front either, Gagnon believes Donald Trump took a harder line than Bush and Obama. Meanwhile, Trump effectively cheers on Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine.

Diane Smith