Note: Fear not dear reader. There are no nauseating videos of a half naked Bernie Sanders within this post.
The mood is festive as the "Man Who Combs His Hair with a Balloon" and his blushing bride bestow the gifts: A Beatles album (The White One No Doubt) a red “Bernie for Burlington” button, “delicious Vermont candy” and a tape of tunes Sanders recorded himself with fellow comrades from Vermont among other goodies, was the scene as reported by Politico Magazine who viewed the previously unseen 3½ hours of raw footage of comrade Bernie's visits to Yaroslavl, Moscow and St. Petersburg in 1988. And DJT just may have been given a juicy political gift.....
The hours of footage include a scene of Sanders sitting with his delegation at a table under a portrait of Vladimir Lenin. Sanders can be heard extolling the virtues of Soviet life and culture, even as he acknowledges some of their shortcomings. There are flashes of humor, too, such as his host warning the American guests not to cross the KGB, or else. And Sanders “If you’re wondering what’s wrong with capitalism, it’s made in Hong Kong," he jokes. "Sorry about that.”
Earlier this year, two minutes of the long-lost videos went viral. The clip featured a shirtless Sanders and other Americans singing “This Land Is Your Land” to their hosts after relaxing in a sauna. A few minutes later, Sanders doled out the gifts to his Russian friends with a towel wrapped around his waist.
The newest video also paints a fuller picture of why Sanders ventured to the land of America’s No. 1 enemy in the midst of the Cold War, the anti-war idealism that fueled his journey, and what he found when he got there. Sanders is seen living it up with Russians. There are, naturally, shrines to Lenin everywhere. In one scene, Sanders and his wife, as well as other couples, boogie to live Russian music.
The tapes also reveal Sanders and his team being wooed by the Soviet Union: They eat nice-looking meals, tour a decorated subway station, take horse-and-buggy rides, and watch professional dancers. A cab driver serenades members of Sanders’ delegation — it’s not clear whether Sanders himself is in the car — with songs for minutes on end. When they return home, the Americans said the cabbie liked them so much that he didn’t charge a fare. The tapes also showed people who appear to be waiting in line for food as well as the Soviet Union’s shabby housing stock.
For now, many of the videos will remain available for viewing only in CCTV’s archives. POLITICO learned about the tapes after reporting on a TV show Sanders created while mayor called “Bernie Speaks With the Community.” The government-access channel is not planning to put the raw tapes documenting the Soviet Union trip online because they never aired.
Sanders’ opponents, though, will likely find much in the tapes to call outlandish. And in a campaign season in which Democrats are concerned about nothing more than defeating President Donald Trump, there’s plenty of material that Democratic voters might worry the Republican Party could spin into a 30-second negative ad.READ MORE
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