So much for how "presidential" and "diplomatic" our former president was... this story about Putin recounts how Obama made things much worse with Russia.
Phase three developed during the Barack Obama presidency, for four years of which Putin was nominally prime minister while remaining the key player in the Kremlin. He became furious with what he saw as the US’s “superiority” complex (one might also read that as a Russian inferiority complex), epitomized by Obama’s remarks that Russia was a mere “regional power”, and that Putin had “that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom”. Russian leaders (not just Putin) do not go in for personal insults like that. And they have a strong aversion to being lectured about how to behave.
And "being lectured about how to behave" is what leftists like Obama, Biden, Warren, Kerry, and HER are best at, especially when they don't do the same. Our leftist leaders are hypocrites. No wonder the Russians hate us. By the time Romney said Russia was our principle adversary and was falsely corrected by Obama - he knew it was true - it was obvious, and it's even more so now.