Exactly a week after T. Boone Pickens schooled Drake on the relative difficulty of earning large amounts of money, the magical ability of Twitter to bring distant, disparate people into interaction with each other was demonstrated once again last night when Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the heretofore near-anonymous president of Estonia, went off on Paul Krugman after the Times economist dared to downplay the Eastern European country's economic successes in a blog post.
Let's write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they're just wogs: krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/est…— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012
Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". Must be a Princeton vs Columbia thing— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012
But yes, what do we know? We're just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. Someday we too will understand. Nostra culpa.— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012
Let's sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won't respond & actually do what they've agreed to & reelect govts that are responsible.— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012
From reading these tweets, you might assume that Krugman had launched a viscious attack on the intelligence and integrity of all of Eastern Europe, when in fact, nothing like that appeared in his very brief post. Someone is being a little insecure, we think.
And yes, it really was the president of Estonia, and the president of Estonia really did, after the tirade had picked up some attention on Twitter, suggest that y'all chill.
Chill. Just because my country's policy runs against the Received Wisdom & I object doesn't mean y'all gotta follow me. mobile.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/…— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012