Friday, November 7, 2008

Berlusconi Under Fire for racist Barack Obama ‘Joke’ - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi did it again. - New york time

Berlusconi Under Fire for Obama 'Joke'

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi did it again.

Meeting in Moscow on Thursday, Mr. Berlusconi told Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that President-elect Barack Obama "has all the qualities to get along well with you: he's young, handsome and suntanned, so I think you can develop a good working relationship."

Italy's leading daily, Corriere della Sera, ran a video of the scene.

The leader of the center-left opposition, Walter Veltroni, said Mr. Berlusconi's remarks "seriously damage the image and dignity of our country on the international scene," Corriere della Sera reported. Mr. Veltroni — who has been called the Obama of Italy, except that he lost the election –­ added that such "cabaret one-liners" showed a "lack of respect" unworthy of a statesman.

He called on Mr. Berlusconi "to offer official apologies."

But Mr. Berlusconi said the remark had been all in fun: "Are there really people who don't understand it was a cute thing to say?" he said, according to Corriere. Adding: "God save us from imbeciles. How can you take such a great compliment negatively?"

  1. 526. November 6, 2008 5:41 pm Link

    I am writing from Italy (obviously, how could we remain silent): do you have a vacant hut in Alaska for our braindead prime minister?

    Turin, Italy

    — marco
  2. 527. November 6, 2008 5:41 pm Link

    I'm Italian, I'm not so pruod to be italian and to be represented by such fools like our prime minister and a lot of other members of our parliament (half of them involved in judgments for corruption, fraudulent bankruptcy and so on).
    Please don't mind that fools and pray with us to change as son as possible the whole italian political class.
    We're losing our freedom to speech, to vote, to think and to be informed about what our government is doing behind our shoulders (mafia, economy, energy, pollution).
    The honest part of our country is trying to survive, but it's harder everyday, but I still hope things will get better…I hope…

    — Tao75
  3. 528. November 6, 2008 5:41 pm Link

    Wow, based upon the above comments, Berlusconi is on the mark with hoping that God will save us from the embeciles. What he had said was that Obama is "young, handsome, and suntanned also" (i.e. just as Berlusconi is). He was thus making a joke about his own age (he's in his 70s and his year-round suntan that he purposefully maintains. People, we need to retrieve our senses of humor that've evidently been lost during the campaigning process here over the past two years!

    — Angie
  4. 529. November 6, 2008 5:41 pm Link

    I'm Italian (I apologize for my bad english), but I can assure that everything Berlusconi said wasn't offensive in any manner! He was only hoping for clear and profitable coopeartion between USA and Russia. All the negative comments in this pages was inspired by a communist TV talk show aired in this moment by the public television (paid with public money).
    Americans don't be fooled by such communists which are interested only in hated and unproductive debates!
    Americas got rid of them a lot of time ago, I hope that they will disappear from Italy too :)

    — Matteo Emanuele
  5. 530. November 6, 2008 5:41 pm Link

    In italy we have a dangerous virus…….Berlusconi!!!!

    — Gigi
  6. 531. November 6, 2008 5:42 pm Link

    i'm italian,berlusconi is just a ridiculous idiot,i'm so happy because Barak Obama will be a good president even for the rest of the world.(economy ,rights,and an example for everyone)…….in italy we hope to find a new president like him (not mafioso like berlusconi)!!!!!

    — anto
  7. 532. November 6, 2008 5:42 pm Link

    I'm another italian, I'm writing from Padua.
    I want to say "SORRY" for our prime minister.
    I am ashamed of being Italian.

    — save from padova
  8. 533. November 6, 2008 5:42 pm Link

    I'm Italian, and I dissociate myself from what was said by the president of my country. In this moment I am ashamed of being italian, but I ask you to consider that not all italian people is so stupid and so imbecile.
    I'm invidiosa, in this moment , American people has got Obama like President. Good job, MR. President Obama. An italian supporter of big OBAMA!!!!
    MIRELLA 28 years.

    — Mirella
  9. 534. November 6, 2008 5:42 pm Link

    Hello, we're seven hours later than you…I'm Italian and I'm sixteen.
    I think, like you, that Berlusconi is ridicolous(right?), and I hope that you DON'T think that we aren't good people…but our President is really terrible, and I don't know how he went to the power for the second time only one year after the Prodi's governement….I'm so sorry because Berlusconi represent the Italy in the world, so we are disagreeable from a lot of nations, but from this site I ask you to forgive Italy, not Berlusconi!!!
    I'm really happy because Obama won the elections, because I think that He'll can change the world, because He's a good man.
    I don't know if you know, but here in Italy there's a brand of chips: "McCain"… :-)

    PS: I used google to find some word that I didn't remember, here there is a quarter to 00!!! I can't remember everything!! Bye

    — Manfredi from Italy
  10. 535. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    As an Italian citizen, I feel ashamed, and really sorry for you. All I can do is to apologize and to tell you PLEASE: don't think that Italian people are all like him. I didn't vote him, many people didn't (unfortunately less than expected).

    I hope we'll keep going in demonstrating against our government, we have to change most of the old, ignorant, MAFIOSI politicians. It's time for YOUNG people like us to make a change… We're feeling this. But I think it will take a long time before our country notice it.

    Italians are not patriotic like you, so our government don't feel what our real needs are. They just do their shifty stuff and play on people ignorance (and there is a lot here) to make them believe some things that won't happen.

    I'm a University student. After my degree I hope to study for a Master in USA. I admire your love for your country. I admire your will to change, your faith in change.

    I do hope Obama's victory will somehow affect Italy people…

    Berlusconi term is finishing in 2013. Please cross your fingers for us.

    Allegra M.
    from Milan.

    — Allegra
  11. 536. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    Did someone tell him that Obama was born with that so-called tan . He has dragged the Italian flag through the mud with that comment . God save him from the foot in mouth disease.

  12. 537. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    We don't need Berlusconi to say "cute things" about everyone..we need Berlusconi to retire…why doesn't he devote himself to cabaret for the rest of his still long life? Italians themselves hate him..

    — Isabella
  13. 538. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    Yes, you have understood it! In Italy we have a great problem, the name of this problem is Silvio Berlusconi.

    — Franco
  14. 539. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    I want to congratulate with all the People of USA… it's beautifull to see that you chosed Obama!
    Look with who we have to deal… Berlusconi… a super-rich, corrupted, ignorant new-fascist that is corrupting the image of Ital everywhere.
    Good luck to USA! Good luck to Obama!

    — Vittorio
  15. 540. November 6, 2008 5:43 pm Link

    Obama is giving values to politics at last! That's why many people in the world believe in him. As for Berlusconi, he is a 'poor' man. What a shame to have such an ignorant as a prime minister!

    — Emily
  16. 541. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    sorry for Berlusconi's words!
    Obama is great!!!

    — Nicola (Italy)
  17. 542. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    I've no words to spend about this unplessant affair, just : Sorry.
    Even now, while I'm writing this message, our prime minister is working for us… He have a mission in her life: figth to dith our Country and degrade our reputation around the word. But, trust me please, just a few of italian argues like Berlusconi; We are not so stupid

    — V.
  18. 543. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    I feel so embarrassed all the time Berlusconi is opening his mouth to talk!
    I'm sorry about him, he's a dwarf without brain.
    I wish there was a man like Obama in Italy!


    — Gianpaolo
  19. 544. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    I would like to say SORRY for all the italian people NOT represented by Berlusconi.
    I think that a man like italian prime minister that have many trials for corruption and more…..can not joke with a US president.
    I'm very proud to be Italian and I'm very sick when Italian politicians put all of us in that bad situations.

    PS: best wishis to all italian people abroad……..They have to justify theirself all day because of a stupid man

    — ignazio
  20. 545. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    On 1800 a lot of slaves build up the white house. Maybe one of them had a dream: " the house for a President born from the complete humanity, from the wisdom, from the heart of all … winning the dividings, winnìng the stupidity, winning the slavery even in the thinking."
    This dream now is the reality : YOU CAN OBAMA!
    I hope we italians will remeber how to dream again.

    — Fulvia
  21. 546. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    To all americans:

    please foregive Belusconi for his recent statement:

    he was serious not a joke: he really thinks that the new US President is Suntanned!!!!

    God save Italy by taking him with you soon before he will try to become the next Pope!!!



    — marco
  22. 547. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    George Bush acted like a buffoon every day for 8 years and still 46% of Americans voted for his would-be Republican successor. It didn't occur to anyone to apologize.

    Berlusconi says one stupid thing and half of Italy logs on to apologize to us! We are the ones who should be sorry / siamo noi Americani chi chiedono scusa.

    — JT
  23. 548. November 6, 2008 5:44 pm Link

    Sorry to Barack Obama and american people from a young italian.
    Berlusconi go home!!!

    — Mauro

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  1. 501. November 6, 2008 5:36 pm Link

    I don't believe american people needs apologies. Italian PM is a witty person, and i think also new american President will appreciate the joke.
    Also an idiot understand that was a nice joke.
    Best wish to new President and his people!
    Thank you.

    — Carlo
  2. 502. November 6, 2008 5:36 pm Link

    So said to say this about my country but ..What can you expect from a mafioso TV-tycoon, elected by half a nation of mindless tv addicts..


    — Jack
  3. 503. November 6, 2008 5:36 pm Link

    Sorry for what our prime minister Berlusconi said.
    We believe in your president Obama!

    — umberto
  4. 504. November 6, 2008 5:36 pm Link

    I'm another Italian who say sorry!
    We have a criminal, arrogant, stupid man named Berlusconi.

    Unfortunately italian people are too ignorant and stupid and so they voted for him.
    I'm sorry for all this. I'll leave Italy asap, but in the meanwhile we will fight against this corrupted power!

    Oh, another our "great" minister said that "Al Quaeda will be happy for Obama election".

    That's Italy people. That's a stupid country.

    Just ignore us, please. Or just say to Berlusconi that is not a good partner, and avoid him ufficially.

    — Mat
  5. 505. November 6, 2008 5:36 pm Link

    Obama save us from Berlusconi !!!!!!!
    USA sorry again for such stupidity

    Congratulation to President Obama

    — Stefano
  6. 506. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    Berlusconi is NOT my prime minister. God save us from him.

    God bless Obama and America.

    — Mario, Italy
  7. 507. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    2+2=5. Please help us!

    — Livia
  8. 508. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    I do wholeheartedly apologise with every American citizen for the shallow ignorance put on display for the nth time by our PM (which stands for Puffo Mafioso or Mafioso Dwarf, rather than Prime Minister).

    In a truly civilised society there would be no space for such aberrations.

    Gosh, what an embarrassment…

    — Luca
  9. 509. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    Stupid man, stupid joker!
    This is our dark side. The worst of alls!
    Mr. Berlusconi is only a litle statment, litle man.
    God save the italian people from him.

    Go America, go Barack Obama, we are with you!

    An italian that live in Italy.

    — ignazio
  10. 510. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    As an Italian I feel offended myself for what "our " Prime Minister ( Not a President) just joked on . Unacceptable in a civilized country. But much more for what this man, will protract with his politics based on corruption, threatens and oppression will bring in our future. The immediate subsequences will be more likely unemployment, poverty, economic depression and resentment . I am sure of what is going on your minds now… Why did your people voted him? Well, he has almost a full control of the media, owns public broadcasting, news papers and magazines. That's why.
    You are very fortunate because the dream came true, in a President that gives hope to the young generations for their future. While we have a man that will bring sorrow, and take away our dignities and our future. I
    f there is someone that God should give an eye on, it is my people right now.
    One last thing, the comparison made for senator Barack Hussein Obama II and our opposition leader Mr. Walter Veltroni, is an huge mistake.
    Mr. Veltroni is not even far away closely to be the man that Obama represents andwill never bring the wind of change that did in your country.
    Thank you for listening from very far away…

    — Andrea
  11. 511. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    Berlusconi doesn't know what he says. He's too old.

    — Giulio
  12. 512. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    Berlusconi makes me ashame of being Italian. Those Italians who voted for him and put him in the office of Prime Minister for 3 times, make me lose hope about Italy. Berlusconi is, if possible, more inappropriate than Sarah Palin. Most US voters were smart enough not to take the risk of having her as President. Berlusconi has so many interests in so many businesses in Italy that in a civilized country he would be considered unfit for any relevant public role. Italy is hopeless.

    — Alessandro
  13. 513. November 6, 2008 5:37 pm Link

    Dear American friends

    I'm writing you from Italy, I couldn't be more ashamed.
    Our CLOWN PM never loses a chance to ridiculise the nation…

    If any of you uses Facebook, please subscribe this group and show your indignation:

    Our national conscience fell asleep. Please, once again, don't leave us alone…

    — willow
  14. 514. November 6, 2008 5:38 pm Link

    I am Italian. I'm so afraid and so humiliated for what Berlusconi said today. I envy you for your President and for your political maturity. God bless the United State and its President! And God save us from Berlusconi!

    — Lelio
  15. 515. November 6, 2008 5:38 pm Link

    I' m Italian but I live in the US, and I am much happier to have a President like Obama than a guy that went into politics just for the parliamentary immunity.
    Shame on him and on the people that voted for him (THREE TIMES).

    — Paolo
  16. 516. November 6, 2008 5:38 pm Link

    Please sorry.

    I write from Italy. Our country unfortunately has this kind of PM.

    He's dominating italian political scene from 15 years.

    Ignore him, he's just interested on being every time considered an important person.

    He declared a new law: the 4 most important political leaders, president, PM, chief of the tho parliament rooms cannot be judged. He only works to avoid himself prison.

    I support Obama very strongly but also Mc Cain made a very good speech after Obama winning.

    This is USA we like.

    — antonio
  17. 517. November 6, 2008 5:38 pm Link

    according to official statistics Berlusconi is supported only by 39% of italians,
    Berlusconi doesn't represent italy, he is only the shame of Italy

    Berlusconi won the last elections, only, because promise a lot of things, he deluded the great part of italians!

    — marco_from italy
  18. 518. November 6, 2008 5:38 pm Link

    I do apologize for Berlusconi's statement!… I belong to the other 40% of Italians. Obama's election is a milestone,
    in him we trust, so many Italians are happy today.

    — BAAB
  19. 519. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    I'm Italian and I belong to the crowded group of imbeciles that thinks that Mr. Berlusconi should try to change the air that comes into his mouth in a logical thought before letting it go out again……..

    Thanks to him, Italians are still seen like a people who eats PIZZA and SPAGHETTI every time, plays MANDOLINO all the day long and gains money to live thanks to MAFIA.


    one day we will have our Obama…. I'm confident…. but for now, we must be satisfied with Borghezio (a secessionist inside the Italian Parliament…..)

    -a universitary stundent in archaeology without any founds from the Italian State………..

    — Filippo
  20. 520. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    Who cares. This is only fodder for the Obama haters. They now have so much time on their hands. As I said before the advantage of an Obama victory for them is that they have at least 4 years to bash him all they can till they get sick of it or die while doing so.


    — FR56;Bklyn
  21. 521. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    silvio berlusconi is a stupid racist !
    Hes a bad person, a bad politician and a bad masson.
    He represents a big italian problem !!!
    While Barack Obama will be a great President of the United States of America.

    from Roma - Italy

    — cesare
  22. 522. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    Be careful America, Berlusconi said that when he meets Obama he will give him the right advices…we are still laughing, here in Italy.

    Sorry, but unfortunatelly we have this funny old guy leading Italy. I only can say that I did not vote for him, but I apologize all the same for his words.
    By the way, I like Barack Obama

    — Augusto
  23. 523. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    I wonder why giuseppe is 'til now the only italian defending his pale, short, aged and hair-transplanted prime minister. Where are the millions who voted him?

    — enrico
  24. 524. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    Greetings from Genoa, Italy.
    Don't worry for the words of an old self-centered clown who, unfortunately, instead of representing a country rich in ingenuity, history and culture, represents only his interests, his ego and the arrogance of those who made money the only goal of their own life.
    But honest Italians sitting on the edge of the river.
    You finally have a new president who can improve your future and the world too, ending storture produced by Bush (a great friend of Berlusconi as he sayd a few week ago).
    Forza Obama!
    Excuse my English.

    — Paolo
  25. 525. November 6, 2008 5:39 pm Link

    He does not represent all Italians, He does not represent me.

    Congratulation for your change … we are still waiting …

    Marco Brianza-Italy

    — Marco

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  1. 476. November 6, 2008 5:26 pm Link

    I'm Italian and I just feel ashamed for this country's Prime Minister who I feel doesn't represent me in any way. Please don't mind his jokes, he just still doesn't understand what's proper to say and what's not proper to say in such a situation, but he's always been like this. He's just a moron that still hasn't understood that Italy is not the world and again, I feel ashamed at his remarks. He'll most likely take it back in a couple of days and nothing he says should be taken any way near seriously. He just hasn't fully realized how serious was this. And the fact that we have him while in America you have Obama is more than enough to show who has it better. I wish I could vote for someone such as Obama, and congratulations to him. Again, I'm really sorry for him.

    — Lavinia
  2. 477. November 6, 2008 5:26 pm Link

    No, he can't!

    — Nicolò Bellavista
  3. 478. November 6, 2008 5:26 pm Link

    I am Italian. I hope that no American will get upset by the latest "smooth move" of Mr. Berlusconi. Even if someone doesn't like Obama, he's not allowed to behave like this. It's only another bad joke from a man who is in charge for almost any financial (and not only) crime against our law.
    Apologize to Obama and all USA people. Hoping that CHANGE will come here too.

    — Andrea
  4. 479. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    sorry for our prime minister…
    he's only a part, a little part of italian idea of democracy…

    — daniele
  5. 480. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    No surprise about the stupid comments of Berlusconi on
    Obama suntanned. He has very little respect for people. In
    that sense he is a true fascist. Unfortunately fascism is
    still deeply rooted in italian culture. Claudio from Rome, Italy.

    — Claudio
  6. 481. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    I'm writing from Italy and I ask to Mr. Obama please forgive him because he doesn't know wath he's doing.
    Obama free us from the Italian eternal Biblic plague!
    Hare Krishna

    — Murlidhara
  7. 482. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    Obama is giving to all of you a new dream, Berlusconi is the italian's everyday nightmare… I'm so unhappy to be italian today. Please, can you give me the american citizenship????
    Jessica (Italy)

    — Jessica
  8. 483. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    The comments are harmless, in my opinion. But Berlusconi is a terribly corrupt and disgraceful individual who somehow appealed to enough Italians to win a few elections. I feel sorry for Italy and Italians.

    — BT
  9. 484. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    I want to excuse this sad word…in Italy we are all with President Obama!

    — Cris
  10. 485. November 6, 2008 5:27 pm Link

    I'm an italian girl and I want you to know that Berlusconi is a disgrace for me and for a lot of us.
    we are italian, that's right, but this is not our style.
    I envy you your president Obama!
    now you have a great hope for your future.

    I hope that we'll have a great hope for our future.


    — elisa
  11. 486. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    Excuse us, America!
    But don't excuse Berlusconi. He's not just a clown, he's a criminal too. I think Obama is the only hope for our world..GO OBAMA!

    (And excuse ME for my baaaaaaaad english…)

    — An italian family
  12. 487. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    I apologize to all Americans for the words of Berlusconi, but I am more sorry for our political situation … a bunch of fascists in government….There is something worse?
    Sorry for my english toooo bad….
    Good luck boys!!!

    — Giovanni
  13. 488. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    We're two italian girls and we're so sorry for what Berlusconi
    said tooday about the new President Obama, we ashamed
    of his deeply stupidity and political incompetence.

    We never voted for him and his government coalition.
    Italian people ri-elected democratically a fascist and racist
    coalition… it' s incredible!

    We hope that also Italy can change soon!!!

    Again SORRY for one of Italian men more stupid in the world!

    Como, Marta e Laura Milone

    — Marta&Laura
  14. 489. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    Berlusconi is a joke of italian politicy…poor Italy, help us!!

    — eFiZ
  15. 490. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    i'm an italian girl…i'm shame of being italian…please,sorry for our stupid prime minister…berlusconi doesn't represents Italy…italian people are so happy for the victory of barack obama! berlusconi is terrible prime minister and terrible man!!!
    good luck obama

    — francy
  16. 491. November 6, 2008 5:28 pm Link

    Berlusconi is like a crazy child…when he starts talking…can say anything…even funny joke!
    He is a LIVING JOKE :-)
    Dante Alighieri said "non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa" (don't talk about them but just look and go ahead).
    Don't care of him Mr President…
    Let's go to CHANGE the World !!!!

    — James
  17. 492. November 6, 2008 5:29 pm Link

    Fabio and to all from Italy who wrote to apologize!

    Oh, thank you and do not worry. This stupid remark by Berlusconi will NOT change our love for the Italian people and Italy.

    — Eva
  18. 493. November 6, 2008 5:29 pm Link

    If you are wondering what's the matter for such many italians answering in this forum, it's because italian tv named it…

    — giuseppe
  19. 494. November 6, 2008 5:29 pm Link

    hello, fabio from milan, italy.
    tonight mr berlusconi was answering to all the critics.

    saying that who's contradicting him will deserve a "degree in dorkness"

    nobody in italy can say something against him. he wants to delete our freedom of thinking, of speech and of having a free information. he owns televisions, newspapers and other medias, he's the closest form of life to a dictator. his politicians are choosen between mafia men, tv starlets and his personal lawyers. our parliament now looks like one of his firms.

    please AMERICA save us from fascism AGAIN!

    — fabio
  20. 495. November 6, 2008 5:29 pm Link

    I cried for you guys when cnn proclaimed the new president… i understood that here we never gonna have such a change!!

    — Francesco
  21. 496. November 6, 2008 5:30 pm Link

    I'm Italian, and would like to say that what happened in USA last night in Italy will never happen. You had the courage to change, while Our country is full or corruption and Governement does only rich people' interests. Berlusconi represents this country. His words have not to be considered. Now I feel that something is changed, and also Berluconi feels it. He's afraid of it. And his way to express this is to attak people. W BARAK!!!!!


    — Selene
  22. 497. November 6, 2008 5:30 pm Link

    Yesterday, from my country, I was so happy for the hope Obama symbolizes for the entire world.
    To day Berlusconi remind me the gloomy reality to have such premier leading Italy !

    — italian
  23. 498. November 6, 2008 5:30 pm Link

    I'm Italian..and because of what our president said today I'm really ashamed to say it…you know have Obama..we have this "funny" man…lucky you!!!
    an other Italian supporter of Obama

    — Paola
  24. 499. November 6, 2008 5:30 pm Link

    Sorry for the last show of our Berlusconi. He is not able to shut up one he has in mind a stupid thing!

    — Stefano
  25. 500. November 6, 2008 5:30 pm Link

    i am proud to be italian, but i am very sorry for the stupidity of our Prime minister Berlusconi… By now he doesn' t understand the differences between joke and seriousness! If you say suntanned to a black man you are racist!! But he doesn' t understand this thing…
    Italians are not racists…

    — DANILO

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  1. 1. November 6, 2008 3:45 pm Link

    Big deal

    — demos1
  2. 2. November 6, 2008 3:45 pm Link

    If Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wants to tell jokes then he should go on the comedy channel.

    Americans do not need any foreigners (outside the USA) making any off brand comments about our President-Elect's race - blatant or indirectly. They should follow our lead - because we ARE world leaders- and realize that we regard this historic time of electing the first AA President as something amazing for our country.

    Obama's race should NEVER be the bases for any jokes. RESPECT. Because if there's even a hint of disrespect just because of race with outside leaders - one would think that the blame should be on the shoulders of previous leaders who have somehow extended this notion abroad.

    — Roz
  3. 3. November 6, 2008 3:51 pm Link

    Barack Hussein Obama is the Joke that this nation got played on by a bunch of ignorant voters….unfortunately for real as the POTUS atleast until 2012….Nothing Funny about that …

    — reality
  4. 4. November 6, 2008 3:52 pm Link

    I took it as more of a joke towards Medvedev.

    — Daniel
  5. 5. November 6, 2008 3:54 pm Link

    No, say it isn't so! Leaders around the world look at Obama as an empty suit? Nooooooo.

    Seriously, I don't want to disrespect our new President, but you had Sakozy saying that Obama's stand on Iran was a joke, Medvedev/Putin moving missiles into the Baltics the DAY after Obama wins, and now Berlusconi being disrespectful in his public comments…….These world leaders may see Obama as a dilettante that they can move around and discount as a whole.

    Not something that I would expect from world leaders when dealing with McCain.

    Has Obama even issued a press statement regarding the Russian missile emplacement?

    Time will tell……

    — Soldier Girl
  6. 6. November 6, 2008 3:56 pm Link

    Berlusconi should instead that god save him from himself; he's been an imbecile all along. He is just like the the baby boomer rump of the repugs whose stale ideas have been resoundingly hammered. He does not get it. Hopefully Obama will start to change America for the better and Italians will realise that they have a fool for a leader and kick him and his xenophobic sidekicks out into obscurity.

    — Kindame
  7. 7. November 6, 2008 3:57 pm Link

    The fact that Berlusconi thinks "young, handsome, and suntanned" are the only qualities needed to have a good working relationship with Dmitri Medvedev is rather odd, to say the least. However, I suspect Obama (and I hope everyone else in this country) is really too busy right now to remark on what looks like some kind of "inside baseball" political posturing, Italian Style.

    — cicero
  8. 8. November 6, 2008 3:59 pm Link

    You got to be kidding. First he said "Don't joke about my ears." Then it was said this election was not about race….ummmm…did anyone hear his acceptance speech? Did anyone hear what Oprah said? There were many comments in regards to race. AND he is the president. He is subject to criticism, and being picked on; if you don't like it, he should not have been president. It comes with the territory.
    Everyone is already being politically correct and now it will be worst because every comment or joke made about race, someone will be offended. I have two very handsome sons that are half black. You all just need to get your head out of your butt and deal with the comments. Like I said, it comes with the territory.

    — reba
  9. 9. November 6, 2008 3:59 pm Link

    So Berlusconi's remarks are "unworthy of a statesman". So what? Who ever confused Berlusconi with a statesman? The man is a loudmouth; he commits dozens of such gaffes a week. Given the very real crimes he and Medvedev are each responsible for, it seems almost indecent to complain about such relatively trivial nonsense.

    — kirill_in_aix
  10. 10. November 6, 2008 4:00 pm Link

    To Reality

    I think you need a man. All this bitterness and hate spewing, there can only be one thing you're missing desperately.

    — Gerrie
  11. 11. November 6, 2008 4:00 pm Link

    Berlusconi is the joke played on ITALY. What a muscle head.

    Apologize if you like moron. You're irrelevant. Ignorance won't help you much…..look at what it did for W.

    — hinckley
  12. 12. November 6, 2008 4:03 pm Link

    Yep the joke is on us….

    Dow -500 yesterday
    Dow -478 today so far……
    210,000 jobs lost today!

    I thought it would take 6 months or so for him to completely
    destroy this country.

    So now he is the first black president..NOT ….we have had a few. But he is the only president to cause a near 1000 pt drop in the stock market. You go bama!

    I'm already getting to say "I told you so" ROTFL

    — beast-usa
  13. 13. November 6, 2008 4:03 pm Link

    What should one expect when two Mafioso Leaders meet.
    One's in the olive oil biz, the other the crude oil biz.
    Either way crude and unrefined.

    — former american citizen in Sweden
  14. 14. November 6, 2008 4:03 pm Link

    Berlusconi is one of the most corrupt politicians of all times. He should mind his own business.

    Obama has been president-elect for two days and he's already done more than Bush. Give me a break.

    — cremedelacreme
  15. 15. November 6, 2008 4:04 pm Link

    The problem in not your President, Obama.
    The real problem is our italian President, Silvio Berlusconi.

    Good bless Obama.

    — Marco
  16. 16. November 6, 2008 4:05 pm Link

    Dear Reality, unfortunately for you, more educated and well informed voters came out and trounced your rickety, war mongering cracker and his miscreant, unintelligent and downright stupid VP. The "real America" has spoken this time so have fun eating your crow and humble pie.

    — Christopher Paul
  17. 17. November 6, 2008 4:05 pm Link

    i'm italian, and i'm so sorry for what Berlusconi said today, i really can't understand if he's simply rude or absolutely stupid…do you remember when he called Kapò to a german member of the European Parliament? some of our politicians are a disgrace for our Country…a lot of them actually !
    Congratulation to President Obama, i really hope we'll have someone like him also in Italy in the future, we really need it!
    sorry if my english io too bad :-)

    — Hiara
  18. 18. November 6, 2008 4:06 pm Link

    Thats interesting Reality. MOST of the country is ignorant? You sound elitist. Perhaps you should think about moving to Russia?

    — Aeon
  19. 19. November 6, 2008 4:08 pm Link

    i am italian, i m writing from Milan.
    I want to say "SORRY" for our president. i think obama can change this world and we would like to have a president like him.

    sorry men

    — francesco
  20. 20. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    I'm an Italian Boy, And i'm so sad for this sentence of Berlusconi, this men don't rapresent Us

    — Simone
  21. 21. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    Americans don't worry our prime minister Berlusconi is only a clown!!! i'm very happy for obama's victory and i hope i'll moove to Usa next year!!

    yes we can!

    — rocco
  22. 22. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    I am ashamed of being Italian.
    Berlusconi is a stupid man, please ignore him.

    — lixos
  23. 23. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    Many sorry….From Italy…

    Unfortunately, half of us, voted him…

    — Gianni
  24. 24. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    Such words are a disgrace and a shame for italian people. Sorry 'bout that.

    — [italy]joystick
  25. 25. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    I am Italian and I apologize for the idiot statement of our idiot Prime Minister. Please don't think all italians are like him

    — Michele

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  1. 26. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    God save us from Berlusconi!
    an italian supporter of OBAMA!

    — Daniele
  2. 27. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    Berlusconi is going to drive Italy in a very bad situation, at this point as he won only some month ago the elections , only god can save us POVERA PATRIA! POOR ITALY SAVE US FROM THE NEW MUSSOLINI

    — Gio
  3. 28. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    sorry for our idiot prime minister….I feel shame for him….

    — dani
  4. 29. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    Berlusconi always says stupid things!I'm italian and I didn't vote for all the people doesn't listen to his stupid sentences!haha i LOVE AMERICA!!


    — Cluster
  5. 30. November 6, 2008 4:09 pm Link

    I'm italian and I'm so sorry….

    — Umberto
  6. 31. November 6, 2008 4:10 pm Link

    berlusconi… ahahahahahahaha….

    …. ahahahahaha

    — jhnp
  7. 32. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    Horrifying and humiliating to sane italians everywhere as Berlusconi's idiotic remarks are, almost equally distressing are the nasty, resentful, bigoted snipes made in response to this article. But, like Berlusconi, these petty hateful comments are irrelevant. Obama won, there is hope in the world again and luckily Italy is not made of Berlusconi alone.

    — geneva
  8. 33. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    As an italian citizen, I feel shame about it. Let us give a way to dump him….shame shame and shame on him!

    In Usa occurred 8 years to change…in italy it's 14 years that we are under this little man….and we dont' see any way to escape….

    Good Luck Obama…!

    Florence, Italy

    — Gualberto
  9. 34. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    Berluscono should think about his trials. He 'll go to jail soon for corruption and mafia…how about Dell'Utri his lawyer and the mafia boss who used to be his homeboy Mangano?
    Berlusconi is an incompetent his country is the 3rld world of Europe ,0 growt and 10% of unemplyment.
    Just ignore him, please.

  10. 35. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    I'm italian(unfortunately) and i feel ASHAMED for what the prime minister said;it's unbelievable with all the problems we've got he decides to focus on such stupid things.That's a sign of his illogical discrimination against what/who he doesn't like…Sorry Obama!

    — Ileana
  11. 36. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    I'm italian and I'm so sorry and ashamed. Berlusconi is bad-mannered and deeply ignorant. I just would like to apologize and to tell you that we italians are not all like Berlusconi.

    — Lorenzo Cavicchioli
  12. 37. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    Sorry for our Prime Minister Berlusconi!!!

    — Osvaldo
  13. 38. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    i'm writing from italy…and i'm sorry for our stupid prime minister!!!
    he is the one to laugh for his witticism…!!
    greetings to Obama

    — ettore cirillo
  14. 39. November 6, 2008 4:11 pm Link

    Silvio, ohi silvio….

    — Luke
  15. 40. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    When i hear these comments from Berlusconi i would like not to be Italian! God save Italians from Berlusconi.

    — Andy
  16. 41. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    sorry,but if you know berlusoni to avoid,is stupid man, ciao from italy

    — banthay1
  17. 42. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    i envy your "young, handsome and suntanned" president, much much better than our old, fake hairs, high hell prime minister…

    Gianni from Roma, Italy

    — gianni b
  18. 43. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    Berlusconi is mad.
    I'm Italian,and I know that.

    — Italian's girl
  19. 44. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    we are sorry for him. I'm Italian, I'm glad for you because you've a president like Obama. Sorry.

    — Maria
  20. 45. November 6, 2008 4:12 pm Link

    Please excuse our prime minister.

    An ashamed Italian

    — marco
  21. 46. November 6, 2008 4:13 pm Link

    Berlusconi is a donkey….. it isn't a joke , but he is a Italian Donkey.

    — Posa27
  22. 47. November 6, 2008 4:13 pm Link

    But…do you really know who is Mr. Berlusconi?
    Poor us…. poor Italy….it's a shame to be italian….

    — italian democratic
  23. 48. November 6, 2008 4:13 pm Link

    I'm an Italian guy who has lived in the USA so I know Italy and USA either, their cultures their values, thei differences, but I've to say that I'm really ashamed of Berlusconi, as the Economist said he's unfit to govern just because he's an ignorant and he represents the worst part of Italy (unfortunately today the worst part of Italy is also the largest part of the population). I want to give my apology to the american people in the name of every Italian that didn't vote for this ignorant and in the name of every Italian that can't really stand this kind of politicians

    Edoardo Storti

    — Edoardo
  24. 49. November 6, 2008 4:13 pm Link

    Why Italy never changes?
    We've the most idiot primacy for insulting the new American president!

    — Jack
  25. 50. November 6, 2008 4:14 pm Link

    As Italian, I'm really looking forward that day when I could scream as well "Changes has done".

    — Alessandro
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