During a four-hour Q&A with Russia's RT television network, Putin was asked whether he thought Obama would save him from drowning.
"Besides intergovernmental relationships, there are personal relationships," Putin said. "I am not saying we have some special relationships with the president of the U.S. but I think he is a decent and quite courageous person. I think he would do it."
That is about the kindest thing he had to say about the U.S. president. The rest of the interview touched on issues straining their relationship including the annexation of Crimea, military presence in eastern Ukraine, Edward Snowden's asylum and the use of mass surveillance.