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Monday, July 14, 2008

A Damsel in Distress

Watch Tymoshenko reflect on the stress coping technique she exhibited while awaiting a vote of no confidence on Friday. The vote failed to gain enough support.

Reporter: Yulia Volodymyrivna [patronymic], yesterday the whole country saw how you jammed your fingers with a piece of stationery. Did you really feel that nervous or is it just a habit, perhaps a bad habit? Do you often do things like that?

PM Yulia Tymoshenko: Well, taking into account that the Government has its fingers constantly jammed in the doorway, I was training myself to get used to pain.

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Anonymous said...

Good answer. Way to handle a potentially embarrassing question. Also notice the slight jab at the Yushch - very subtle.

Orest said...

At least she seems to have a sense of humour, a trait that seems to be lacking in Ukrainian politics!

Taras said...

Yushch deserves a more hands-on approach:)

I don’t think she wouldn’t have embarrassed herself if she had addressed her stress-related behavior in a straightforward fashion.

After all, we’re all human, and fingernail-biting, or a variation of it, looks far less unbecoming compared to nose-picking and snot-smearing:)

Taras said...

Yes, she does, Orest!

Indeed, if you study Ukrainian politicians, you’ll find humor in short supply, except for loads of unintended humor:)