About a year after Putin visited Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., the president traveled to Moscow, where the Russian leader gave him a tour of his dacha. According to Bush, Putin seemed super competitive during the tour, pointing out repeatedly how much better his digs were than Bush’s ranch. At one point, Putin even bragged that his dog—a giant Labrador—was bigger and stronger than Barney, Bush’s Scottish terrier, to which the American president said he just laughed.
But the part of the trip that seemed to amuse Bush the most came when Putin took him to a pond on his property and bragged to Bush that it was stocked with more fish than the small man-made lake on the ranch in Crawford. According to Bush, Putin proved it by literally sticking a fishing rod into the water and almost instantly catching a huge trout. Bush told reporters he was always convinced that a scuba diver had been waiting under the water to deposit a fish on Putin’s hook.
In perhaps the most random news of the day, Vladimir Putin is bringing Boyz II Men to Moscow in hopes that their music will make Russians want to have sex and procreate. Seriously:
President Vladimir Putin's crusade to raise the country's birth rate is set to get the support of three powerful voices on its behalf. A baritone and two tenors, that is. The stylish trio of Boyz II Men, the most successful R&B group of all time, is coming to Moscow on Feb. 6. The group will perform a selection of their classic and new romantic ballads, hopefully giving Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine's Day.