Obama Would Save Drowning Putin, If He Had To

 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.
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Vladimir Putin was right to assume, when asked if Barack Obama would rescue him in a hypothetical water-based emergency, that the U.S. president is “a decent and quite courageous person,” so he’d probably do it despite lingering geopolitical tensions. “I’d like to think if anyone were out there drowning, I’d save them,” confirmed Obama, who is not outwardly a sociopath. “I used to be a pretty good swimmer, I grew up in Hawaii.” So Putin shouldn’t feel special.