Actually, I see this as an incredibly offensive jab at the goat.
NY Post (h/t Liz) The animal was recently welcomed to the Primorsky Safari Park in Shkotovo from a farm in Sochi, and in a failed attempt at humor, park officials claim they tried to bring the animal to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But the leader supposedly refused because he “holds no meetings with goats,” park director Dmitry Mezentsev told NBC News.
“It took a while to prepare the paperwork for Obama’s move. Guarantees were required that Obama would bring no pests, that Obama has no tapeworms etc.,” Mezentsev said in a statement. On top of the obvious distastefulness of the choice of name, Russians use the term “goat” as an insult to refer to someone who is obtuse or stubborn.
Barack Obama is not a popular man in Russia. Restaurants throughout the country have said they would ban him, should he stop by, and he has unwillingly lent his name to a brand of chocolate ice cream.
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