Photo-shopped, but in the one picture/thousand words category, this does well to sum up the relationship between Vladimir Putin and our own Obama, particularly as the world sees them in comparison (click):
Passed along by Gerard Vanderleun. And incidentally, it's been a while since I spent a good amount of time in the saddle (and none on a Mongolian pony), but Putin's grip on the reins seems a bit severe. Maybe some control issues?
Our press jokes about the photo events that are staged for Putin's benefit, but they miss the point that for the Russians and a good number of other people in the world, it works.