[Ed. – Bonus points for explaining the pink ushanka.]
At their joint press conference, a confused Russian reporter asked about the gift. “It is a symbolic gift? What does it mean?”
“Well, he told me he’s not going to make vodka. He’s going to eat them,” Kerry quipped before changing the subject.
“With respect to the potatoes, I really want to clarify: There’s no hidden meaning,” he later said. “There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything. We were having a good conversation in the course of the Christmas break over the subject of Idaho, which was where I was at the time, and he recalled the Idaho potatoes as being something that he knew of, so I thought I would surprise him and bring him some good Idaho potatoes. And that’s the full symbol of the whole thing.”