NPR logo When World Leaders Dance: Russia's Medvedev Scores A YouTube Hit

International

When World Leaders Dance: Russia's Medvedev Scores A YouTube Hit

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev became the latest world leader making news because of awkward dance moves. On a video posted on YouTube, Medvedev is seen busting out what Reuters calls "stiff dance moves" to American Boy, a 90s pop hit in Russia. Here's how Reuters masterfully describes it:

Sporting a form-fitting silver jacket and open collar, Medvedev somewhat awkwardly wiggles his hips and kicks up his heels with other party guests in the half-minute clip posted late Tuesday.

Here's the video; we'll let you be the judge:

YouTube

The Russian International News Agency, RIA Novosti, reports Medvedev defended his dance moves on Twitter: "The dances\the music - they fit in with the past."

We're not entirely sure how this stacks up with President George Bush's dancing with African drummers, or the dance moves President Barack Obama busted loose with on the day-time show Ellen.