Juxtaposition of the Day: Putin Edition

 In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) greets US President Barack Obama during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations at the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The G20 summit is expected to be dominated by the issue of military action in Syria while issues surrounding the global economy, including tax avoidance by multinationals, will also be discussed during the two-day summit.
Friends shaking hands. Photo: Alexey Kudenko/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

September 11, 2013
"And I would rather disagree with a case [Obama] made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is 'what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.' It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation." —Vladimir Putin, in a New York Times op-ed.

February 23, 2012
"We are a victorious people! It is in our genes, in our genetic code!” —Vladimir Putin, at a rally in Moscow