Indiana Senator Dan Coats one of 9 government officials who is being sanctioned according to a list issued by the Kremlin and the Indiana Republican has responded with humor.
Coats first used humor when he issued an official statement after the Russian list came out Thursday but Friday he took to Twitter and took the humor to another level.
In the spirit of David Letterman, Coats said, he produced the top 10 things he won’t be able to do since President Vlamir Putin banned him from Russia.
For example, he said “I won’t be able to compare the Bolshoi Opera House with the Paladium in Carmel.”
He also said he “won’t be able to buy his wife Marsha a Russian mink Coat for Christmas.”
“Putin has imperial ambitions motivated by his pathological insecurities,” said Coats in a recent speech on the Senate floor, “in a quest to restore lost glories.”
In the speech he put forth a resolution calling for sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.
In the time since he has spoken out on cable TV. “The United States needs to stand strong, it needs to lead,” he said on CNN. “It needs to lead its European allies and its friends around the world in condemnation of this.”
He has also used local media to spread his message. “I think we should use all the leverage that we have to make sure the Russians understand this is a breach of international law,” he said on WISH-TV. “This is something that’s not acceptable.”
Coats called for expelling Russia from the G-8 and Nato, and for moving 2018 World Cup Games to another country.
That serious tone was gone, however, when Coats joked on Twitter that he won’t be able to compare Russiaville, Indiana with Russia.
And, at the top of his top ten list he said, “Our summer vacation in Siberia is a no go.”
Ironically, the co-sponsor of the Coats resolution, Dick Durbin of Illinois, is not on the list of people being sanctioned by Russia. Three White House aides, Speaker John Boehner, and Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid are.
Meantime, Indiana’s other Senator, Joe Donnelly, is currently on an overseas trip that includes a stop in Ukraine.