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Putin vs. Obama: What People Search

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You can tell a lot about a political figure by just looking at what people want to know about her. One of the simplest ways to learn it is to use Google’s search prompt.

Let’s compare what people search for with Putin and with Obama as keywords:

Lines of the first pic translated top-down:
- “putin and kabaeva” (there are rumors of Putin having an affair with young athlete, United Russia’s State Duma deputy Alina Kabaeva)
- “putin” (plain and simple, yet less popular than the Kabaeva story)
- “putin eats children” (it was a humorous slogan coined by Oborona in 2006 after Putin’s famous kissing of a small boy’s belly)
- “putin crab” (this is a pun made of Putin’s well-known statement that he’d been working “as a slave at a galley,” which sounds in Russian close to “as a crab at a galley”)
- “putin bio” (finally, at least somebody still wants to know something about this guy)
- “dismiss putin” (a popular opposition slogan and a name of a Website where signatures for his resignment are gathered)
- “putin jew” (the guys who tend to believe that Putin is connected with ZOG apparently want to check it)
- “putin vladimir vladimirovich” (his full name, like if there are many different Putins around)
- “putin must go” (it’s quite clear, right?)
- “putin kabaeva” (they stilll want to know more about it)

The least we can say is, few users take Putin seriously. He is either a hero of tabloids, jokes and puns or someone people want to get rid of. Nobody wants to read his speeches, follow his blog (well, he has none anyway) or even learn about any of his proposals (most of them are too vague and populist to be taken seriously, too).

Written by Oleg Kozlovsky

May 25, 2010 at 01:02

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