“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader, Senators, Representatives, Justices, Honored Guests: Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.”
Still, there remained the formalities of the session. Speaker Ryan stood, gavel in hand, rapped the gavel again. BANG! BANG! BANG! He paused. Then again, BANG! BANG! BANG! Then, yet a third, and fourth, and fifth time, BANG! BANG! BANG! Eventually, the Chamber came to order, and the Speaker declared recess.
**Those portions of the Vladimir Putin speech to the Joint Session of Congress offered above that were not in italics are the actuals remarks of Vladimir Putin, gathered from numerous sources over several years. The italicized portions belong the author of this post, who apologizes if they have failed to provide sufficient context and continuity to give the impression that these remarks could have been offered in a single speech.