Saturday, June 12, 2010
Vladimir Putin (or Poutine as the French spell it -- yes the same spelling as for the French Canadian favorite of fries, cheese curds, and gravy) was in town yesterday to open up a huge special exhibition at the Grand Palais. And while I didn't get a personalized invitation to his meeting with Sarkozy at the Elysée, I did happen to be on the 52 bus at just the moment that his motorcade was pulling out. There was scarcely anyone on the bus and I was able (along with an Australian tourist) to stand right by the driver and snap these photos out the front window. Had I been a real journalist with press credentials, I would have seen this.
I have to say, after living in DC for many years, working on both Capitol Hill and just steps from the White House, the security here by comparison seems pretty lax. But then you really never know what's going on behind the scenes. And honestly, I'm glad someone else is taking care of that.