(CNN) - When it comes to Russia, the Obama administration has been talking about “pressing the reset button.” It’s meant to symbolize a possible new start in U.S./Russian relations, which “crashed” after Russia invaded Georgia last August.
So when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Friday before sitting down to their working dinner, she was all smiles when she presented him a small green box with a ribbon.
Lavrov opened it and, inside, there was a red button with the Russian word “peregruzka” printed on it.
"I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: 'We want to reset our relationship, and so we will do it together.' ...
"We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?" she asked Lavrov, laughing.
“You got it wrong," said Lavrov, as both diplomats laughed.
“It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset]," said Lavrov."This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”
A quick comeback – and recovery – from Clinton: "We won't let you do that to us, I promise. We mean it and we look forward to it."
Ever the diplomat, Lavrov says he’ll put the “reset” button on his desk.
A few minutes later, Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines sent an e-mail message to reporters covering the Secretary of State.
“Since we're all learning a little Russian today, ‘opechatka’ is Russian for ‘typo,'” he wrote. “So the *Opechatka* is being fixed, the gift will correctly read ‘Perezagruzka’ by the time of the joint press conference. If any of you travel with labelmaking devices equipped with Russian spell-check, please do let me know...”
I know the Cold War is technically over, but the picture of us giving the Russians a big red button to push still looks quite ironic...
This woman has just proved how grossly unqualified she is to hold this post. She is a joke get rid of her now or just leave her over there I really don't care either way.
I actually found this a good article. A little on the fun side but we need that from time to time and the picture was a good one. Showed the playful nature of the event. Good reporting.
Good Hillary You have gotton off on a good start.....
Haha! I think that's hilarious, given our former President's way with words! How ironic. But you know what? Humor is a great diplomat, and with all the seriousness of our situation with Russia, I think that this humanizes both sides! We are all one people sharing this Earth, and we have as much in common with eachother as we don't. God given free will in all peoples of this world will lead to conflct and disagreement, but God also gave us the ability to identify with eachother, and to work through those conflicts and disagreements. Thank you, humor!
Spell-check wouldn't have caught that mistake...
It should read, crude oil $20.00 a Barrel!
Having lived through much of the cold war, it's so nice to see the two countries laughing about a red button! I find it funny and light hearted, and not fear driven which gets so old.
If it weren't so sad it would be funny. This administration may make the Bush presidency look saavy and intelligent!
Mrs. Bill CLinton please stay in RUSSIA!
OMG! The Russian is flipping us the bird!!
you say POTATOE...
Hillary is an idiot and this proves it. Good job Hillary.
Heyyy... how did the OVER-CHARGE button get out of Obama's office? What will Nancy, Harry and Obama do on their weekly meetings without being able to push it???
Can't wait for the SNL spoof...
Someone should Photoshop the Easy Button into that photo.
Did anyone consider that a "button" may not be a good item to use as a symbol of friendly relations between the US and Russia, given that the number one threat to each other is pushing the (nuclear) button? Wouldn't the Obama administration and the Department of State have considered that? Now there is a photo of them both "pushing the button". Must be a comfort to others...
I second the red button thing...this administration needs to pull their head out of their butt. RED BUTTON??? Russia...nukes??? Let alone with all of the so called specialists they have at their disposal, they can't even get the correct translation. Talk about making the US look like a bunch of idiots!!! What kind of CHANGE is this??? From bad to even worse...what is going on in Washington?
Now this is simply human frailties. I have found with foreign languages that both parties get a kick out of the misunderstandings of language! And it is not taken as a serious offense! Wonderful photo says it all! :)
American's are dumb... all the way up to the top.
Dumb, dumb, DUMB!!!
Cute, Hill...real cute. Gimmicks ALWAYS work for the DemacRAT party. Just like JFK loving Berliners, 'the secret letter to Medvedev', and the 'Don't Mess with Joe' comments.
Quit it, already, with the gimmicks!!
She's a moron and doesn't deserve her position.
what would you expect from a nobama cabinet member. But the good news is she is not president. The russians are lol at Americas' CHANGE.