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Michael San Filippo

Berlusconi: Io Come Obama? Sono Piu' Pallido

By April 2, 2009

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Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister renowned for his gaffes who drew criticism last year when he described Barack Obama as "suntanned," rejected a comparison of the two leaders' approaches to the global economic crisis recently by saying: "Io sono piu' pallido...anche perché è tanto che non vado al sole." (I'm paler [than Mr. Obama] because it's been so long since I went sunbathing.)

Rather than not enough sun, maybe Berlusconi has spent too much time on Mediterranean beaches and has had all sense of diplomacy and tactfulness literally baked right out of his brain.


April 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm
(1) marianna says:

i won’t even try to assess his ability as a statesman, but he’s a great entertainer. i love to read about his fauxpas. i love him! his gaffe was no worse than some of the things that our presidents have said i.e.: johnson, carter, ford, clinton, reagan, & the recent one that obama pulled on the leno show, in re the special olympics. berlusconi e’ proprio un tesoro! he’s a keeper. amore, M

April 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(2) malestrom74 says:

@marianna: who loves Berlusconi is who doesn’t know Berlusconi.

April 4, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(3) GiorgioNYC says:

Marianna ha fatto il commento il piu assurdo del giorno

April 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm
(4) marianna says:

yo, georgio, bouquets to you too. i think i might find a comment MORE absurd than mine if i were to try…i may not have to venture very far….

April 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(5) GiorgioNYC says:

It’s Giorgio. And when it comes to Berlusoni, no, it would be nearly impossible to find a comment more absurd than yours.

April 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm
(6) maelstrom74 says:

Ok, just to stop arguing, I think that going to Wikipedia, looking for “Silvio Berlusconi” and reading the section “Dichiarazioni ed episodi controversi” would be definitely interesting for the Bald Dwarf’s admirers.

April 6, 2009 at 12:24 am
(7) marianna ricci says:

well, here i am, living in america where everyone is entitled to an opinion & is free to express it. wonderful concept! i think only that berlusconi is entertaining w/ his carefree remarks & he has a free & easy sense of humor which some americans find enticing. i was careful not to evaluate his statesmanship b/c i don’t know enough about italian politics to have a valid opinion & i do not live there. i did not find his remark that he is not as suntanned as obama, to be offensive in the least. he’s a master of artless remarks that frequently get him into trouble but often they are humorous & madcap. amore to all, marianna ricci

April 6, 2009 at 12:27 am
(8) marianna ricci says:

P.S…..the italian people seem to want him to be their leader; they keep re-electing him. ciao, M

April 6, 2009 at 5:42 am
(9) maelstrom74 says:

@marianna: You are free to express your opinion as long as your opinions do not offend anyone and your nonsense IS offending. Berlusconi is a premier, not a clown or a showman; but he behaves like a clown, destroying the image of Italy and Italians. You, as an American, do not know how much deleterious is Berlusconi’s administration for our country. About people re-electing him: Italian people are ignorant, misinformed (our press is mercenary), do not read books or newspapers, they DON’T KNOW who is Berlusconi and he does his best to hide his own wrongdoings, by enacting “ad personam” laws and corrupting judges. Italy is definitely under a soft dictatorship. Whoever denies this is TOTALLY ignorant about my country. Please stop writing nonsense.

April 6, 2009 at 9:47 am
(10) marianna ricci says:

i bow to your SUPERIOR knowledge. M

April 6, 2009 at 9:54 am
(11) marianna ricci says:

P.S. how fortunate the “ignorant italian people” are to have 1 person among them who is intelligent, perceptive, astute, clever, brilliant….have i left out any attributes?

April 6, 2009 at 10:42 am
(12) maelstrom74 says:

Yours is the pathetic resentment of ignorant, impotent people. Vain offences are your last chance. They’re detrimental for your own intelligence only. Make yourselves a favour: you foreigners STOP prattling on topics you DON’T KNOW. You write about my country without knowing it, you blether on our Prime Minister without knowing who he is. Since I am Italian and I live in Italy, I know Italian people and Italy’s socio-economic situation much better than you. And, yes, I’m much more informed and cultured than the average of my country fellows.

April 7, 2009 at 3:57 am
(13) maelstrom74 says:

>maelstrom74, you put your own countrymen down and appear uneducated, which is not the case

How can you say “which is not the case”? Which is your COMPETENCE about Italy and Italians? How much do you know my country in order to judge what I say? I do not put down anyone, I say the truth, based on my knownledge of my country and the people living here. As I already said, you are free to express your opinions, but when your opinions and analysis are crackbrained, I have the right to fight and refuse them.
I replied to the opinions I read, but I was attacked and offended. Reread my messages.

April 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(14) pau says:

@MARIANNA: I can assure you that not all the Italian folk think the way maelstrom does.
Maybe one could not like Berlusconi (I don’t like him too even if he’s actually the best we can have at the moment. Well, look at the alternatives…)
Btw, he’d been voted by more than 40% of the italian population (that is a huge perc, since we have also other minor parties) and that is a fact that should be at least respected, above all by people who consider themselves cultivated, smart and polite.

@Maelstrom: well, I’m Italian, I live in Italy, I think I am quite cultured (average? more than average? Is it a matter of measures?) and informed about the status of our country. Nevertheless I don’t share your opinion (and I have to say I found your words quite rude).

April 11, 2009 at 6:21 am
(15) maelstrom74 says:

@pau: tu sei libero di trovarmi maleducato, ma io non ho offeso nessuno e giustifico CONCRETAMENTE quello che dico, sono altri che attaccano senza ragione. Io sarò lieto di analizzare la situazione politica italiana, QUANDO LA GENTE SAPRA’ DI CHE COSA STA PARLANDO. Innanzitutto il Popolo delle Libertà (cioè Berlusconi) non ha ottenuto con queste elezioni più voti di quanti ne avesse ottenuti in passato; è stata la Lega a stornare voti alla sinistra. Quindi formalmente non è lui ad essere stato scelto dagli italiani, ma la sua coalizione e per via incidentale, è molto diverso. In secondo luogo, non so come si possa apprezzare il risultato ottenuto con una legge elettorale che lo stesso Calderoli ha definito “una porcata”. Terzo: le opinioni non vanno sempre rispettate, perché se uno crede di dover votare Berlusconi nonostante la ventina di procedimenti giudiziari a suo carico, le accuse di corruzione, falso in bilancio, falsa testimonianza, appropriazione indebita, frode fiscale, traffico di droga, concorso in strage, concorso esterno in associazione mafiosa, riciclaggio di denaro sporco, allora io sono libero di dire che chi elegge quest’uomo e la sua combriccola è disonesto almeno quanto lui. Due sono le cose: o chi ha eletto questo personaggio non conosce a fondo le sue questioni, oppure la scelta che ha fatto è volutamente criminale.

April 11, 2009 at 6:28 am
(16) maelstrom74 says:

p.s.: aggiungo che il Signor B. continua a governare l’Italia mediante decreti legge e a profittare delle leggi ad personam che si è tagliato addosso mediante i suoi sarti in Parlamento e grazie alle quali è sfuggito alle vicende giudiziarie (basti considerare il vergognosissimo Lodo Alfano, rimaneggiamento del Lodo Schifani, all’epoca giudicato incostituzionale). L’ometto in questione controlla stampa e televisioni, piazza i suoi favoriti nei luoghi strategici del potere; se questa non è DITTATURA, allora qualcuno dovrebbe spiegarmi gentilmente cos’è. Chi vuol sapere chi sia VERAMENTE Berlusconi, farebbe meglio ad informarsi.
Andate pure su YouTube e cercare “Who Is Silvio Berlusconi”.
La decisione di chi ha eletto questo tale non può essere rispettata.

April 12, 2009 at 9:44 am
(17) marianna ricci says:

s. berlusconi has done it again!! “time” magazine reported that berlusconi’s statement in re the hurricane victims was: “the italian people should view it as just a week-end of camping”. {silvio, silvio, how can you say that to your suffering countrymen? some of these very people have lost 1 or more loved ones, & others have lost all their worldly possessions…they are at the lowest ebb of their lives.} there are times when berlusconi says crazy, silly, harmless things but this one is the most unforgivable of all that he’s said. not funny, silvio!

April 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(18) marianna ricci says:

sorry, i wrote hurricane instead of earthquake. i was thinking of the devastation of hurricane “ike” here in houston texas last year.

April 14, 2009 at 10:32 am
(19) Antonella says:

Maelstrom is correct. Berlusconi often makes Italy and Italians look silly as if we lack seriousness. However, it is important to remember that in Europe one votes for the party and its ideas not the “speaker” of that party.
My personal opinion is that I think Berlusconi is probably a decent human being, but his ideas as well as those held by George W. Bush have destroyed much of the fabric of society, of the dignity of people, of a person’s ability to lead a civilized life. Their policies have diminished the quality of life for MANY.

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