While the Russian campaign against Islamic extremists in Syria ratcheted up with the launching of cruise missiles at ISIS sites their leader took to the ice. Russian strongman Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday by lacing up the skates and playing some hockey. It served as a good contrast between the uber-macho Russian leader and our own arugula eating wimp in chief. Emperor Barack Obama is more at home fondling his putter on the golf course than engaging in anything even the slightest bit manly save the occasional game of basketball but there is just something really faggy about sweaty men in shorts grappling with each other. The emir of Obamastan prefers more sissified elitist pursuits which is not much of a surprise given his background as an Ivy League/Harvard egghead while Putin hails from the KGB.

The damned liberal New York Times reports on “Putin’s Birthday Gift: N.H.L. Teammates and a Victory”:

It would be hard to imagine a more perfect birthday for Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, who turned 63 on Wednesday.

After receiving a report from his defense minister that Russia had launched a major cruise missile strike on Syria — a move further confounding American policy in the Middle East — Mr. Putin celebrated his birthday by playing a game of hockey with N.H.L. veterans, and winning.

Donning skates and a uniform, Mr. Putin took to the ice in the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi as a member of a team called Stars of the N.H.L., which included, among other hockey legends, Pavel Bure, known as the Russian Rocket.

The game was broadcast live on national television as the highlight of a day of adoring homages to the Russian leader.

It wound up with Mr. Putin holding aloft a gigantic trophy. Also playing on Mr. Putin’s team were Vyacheslav Fetisov and the defense minister who earlier in the day announced the missile strikes, Sergei K. Shoigu.

Passed the puck by the N.H.L. greats over and over again, Mr. Putin scored seven goals to lead his team to a 15-10 victory. The opposing team included three figures on whom the United States had imposed sanctions for Russia’s military action in Ukraine: the businessmen Gennady Timchenko and the brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg. The cheering crowd chanted, “Happy birthday!”

The tallying of a whopping seven goals is less about the hated Vladimir suddenly morphing into a young Wayne Gretzky than about having the ultimate home field advantage – if you actually play any defense against him you risk being taken out back of the arena and shot in the head. It is yet another propaganda coup for Putin and will likely be juxtaposed in the Russian media with pictures of girly man Obama prancing around in his white shorts on the green at some hoity-toity country club at Martha’s Vineyard. It’s just another one of those shit sandwiches with a vodka chaser that Barry seems to be developing a taste for.