Republican California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher admitted Friday to once losing an arm-wrestling match to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“We started arguing about who won the Cold War,” Rohrabacher told a local radio station about the vaguely symbolic dustup. “We decided to settle it the way men do when they had too much to drink in the pub. So we got down to these arm-wrestling matches.”
Though America clearly won the Cold War, Rohrabacher did not fare as well in the arm-wrestling match, held in the early 1990s at the Irish Times pub in Washington, D.C. before Putin became Russian president/dictator/king or whatever he is.
“I ended up being paired off with Putin. He’s a little guy. But boy, I tell you, he put me down in a millisecond. He is tough. His muscles are just unbelievable,” Rohrabacher said.
Putin is currently locked in a bout of political gamesmanship with President Barack Obama over the crisis in Syria, which Putin is pretty clearly winning.