Monday, September 01, 2014

Pres in Boots?

We all heard about Ted Cruz calling Barack Obama a "kitty cat".

"The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat," Cruz said, according to the Washington Times, adding "The reason Putin feels no fear to march into his neighbors, the reason our allies up and down Europe are terrified of what happens next is because our president is leading from behind."

see textWell, that story was picked up by the popular on-line Russian paper Gazeta. There are some interesting translation errors in that story, discussed below, but I want to draw your attention to the picture Gazeta chose to run on its Facebook page linking to the article.

Yeah. That's Puss in Boots, making his famous big eyes ... the ones that come just before he whips out his sword and cuts you to ribbons. I wish I knew if the guy who picked that did it on purpose...

(At least a couple of commenters also wonder.)

There are a couple of tiny translation errors in their rendering of that quote (the "kitty cat" one was pretty straight-forward: «русский медведь столкнулся с котенком Обамой»).
«Причина, по которой Путин действует без опаски, кроется в страхе наших союзников в Европе перед тем, что может произойти дальше, так как они не видят впереди себя нашего президента», — заявил Круз на партийном мероприятии в Далласе.

"The reason Putin acts without caution is that our allies in Europe are in terror of what may happen next because they do not see our president in front of them," Cruz declared at a party event in Dallas.

Or, more literally: ... in the fear of our allies in the face of what may happen next, since they do not see...
Yeah, that's not exactly what he said.

Let's just hope that this is just as wrong:
Сенатор Круз считается наиболее вероятным претендентом в кандидаты на пост президента США на выборах, которые пройдут в 2016 году, от республиканской партии.
Senator Cruz is considered the most likely claimant for Republican nominee in the 2016 US presidential elections.
Although that would give us a pretty clear choice.

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