Do you remember when George W. Bush and Putin were "best of buddies"?<quoted text>
Just wondering, what Republican politician conveyed a message to Putin saying "After the election, I'll have more flexibility?"
"Saturday, 16 June, 2001
Bush and Putin: Best of friends
By Caroline Wyatt in Ljubljana
Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin have met for the first time and appear to have hit it off.
"I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul."
- George W Bush
At the end of their first summit meeting in Slovenia Mr Bush described Mr Putin as a straightforward and trustworthy man."
"Thursday, 15 November, 2001
Bush and Putin 'best of buddies'
By Rob Watson in Crawford, Texas
Just before President Vladimir Putin's arrival here on Wednesday, a large crowd had gathered in the dot on the Texas map known as Crawford.
They were there to catch a glimpse of the Russian's arrival.
Among them was a tall man with cowboy boots and hat, a real local.
Asked what he thought about the visit he paused for a second and then said he was "real excited" and that the two presidents "seemed like real good buddies".
On Thursday as Presidents Putin and George W Bush swapped compliments at Crawford's - population 705 - only high school, the cowboy's assessment seemed right on the money.
Certainly they are an odd pairing, the former spy chief and the former baseball team owner. But they do seem to get along.
Using his famous Texan turn of phrase, the US President once again stressed the personal as the pupils looked on.
"The more I get to know President Putin" he said, "the more I get to see his heart and soul ...the more I know we can work together in a positive way"."