Putin's Bizarre Kremlin Appearance: Jokes About Snot, Flirts With Supporter

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Vladimir Putin's four-hour performance at the Kremlin on Thursday mixed flirtatious banter with metaphors about snot and showed a gift for sarcastic brush-offs worthy of a stand-up comedian.

Putin twice referred to a runny nose during the annual presidential news conference -- to dismiss rumors about his personal wealth and to discuss the pressures of public office.

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