A rumor circulating online claims that President Obama referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “jackass.” Is this true or false?
It is not true.
The rumor stems from a satirical column published by the New Yorker. Penned by Anthony Borowitz, the humorous article stated, “Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”
Borowitz’ column, the Borowitz Report, is described as “a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world…”
- G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putan a Jackass (Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker: September 6, 2013)
- Andy Borowitz (The New Yorker)