Friday, November 7, 2008

Oh No, You Didn't, Berlusconi

It's gaffe after gaffe with the 72-year-old Italian premier. This one, however, screams: "Mamma mia!"

9 comments:

JJ said...

This geriatric needs to retire and stop spewing insanities. Seriously, this is embarrassing. Wow!

Becca said...

That's why this election is a great example to the rest of the world. Ability first and only, Berlusconi.
What is this man thinking?!?!

Sra said...

Yeah... I think the news anchor's face at the end of the clip says it all.

Dana said...

Ha. I agree. the look at the end is what killed. RNFL :)

dana said...

I mean I know he's 'old like Greece' as the Italians have it, but, Man, someone's got to talk to this supposed world leader that some stuff is just outside the bounds of speech.

Shay said...

What an unthinking guy! How can he continue to say gaffe after gaffe?!?!

Nicki said...

And you recently mentioned other gaffes of this supposed leader, right? The whole Carfagna thing. Another reason I'm happy to he here is exactly that: political correctness. Practice it, people. Berlusconi people: teach this guy a thing or two about what's cool to say and what isn't? I mean, you don't hear Sarkozy or Merkel make such mistakes. What's the matter with this guy?!

HDC said...

Right. The face of the journalist. Priceless.

jenny said...

bri,
just saw this on the ny times a few mins ago:
"Many Italian newspapers gave the comment nearly as much front-page attention as Mr. Obama’s victory itself. The journalist Curzio Maltese wrote in the center-left La Repubblica that “bookmakers wouldn’t even take bets” on how long it would take for Mr. Berlusconi to let slip another of his famous gaffes. “Mr. Berlusconi never fails to live up to our worst expectations.”

Mr. Maltese added that just when Mr. Obama’s victory was “inspiring billions of people” to consider “democracy, the most extraordinary triumph of humanity after centuries of bloodshed and intolerance,” Mr. Berlusconi instead contributed “a miserable, vulgar and racist remark, for which he didn’t even have the courage to take responsibility or the dignity to apologize.”

A billionaire populist, Mr. Berlusconi excels at deflating such lofty talk. He said that his remark had been “a compliment” and that his critics lacked irony. “If you want to get a degree in idiocy, I won’t stop you,” La Repubblica quoted him as saying. “I say whatever I think.”
the article is here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/08/world/europe/08italy.html?em