Putin Passes on Passion for Presidency
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is explaining why he kissed a boy on the stomach. The President, who commands several thousand nuclear weapons, encountered tourists at the Kremlin. Videotape shows him lifting the shirt of a five-year-old, to kiss him. He told reporters yesterday, that the boy seemed vulnerable, and I felt an urge to squeeze him like a kitten. It's not clear if Putin also blew a raspberry. But the boy now says, he too, wants to be president. It's MORNING EDITION.
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