Berlusconi Praises Obama Suntan

#1
This is almost as good as Sarah Palin thinking Africa's a country- and just as disturbing. :D

I Like Your Tan': PM's Obama Gaffe :SkyNews Sky News

The Italian Prime Minister has been blasted for his blundering welcome of the US president-elect after he praised Barack Obama's "suntan".

Silvio Berlusconi made the comment at a joint press conference with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev.

"I will try to help relations between Russia and the United States where a new generation has come to power, and I don't see problems for Medvedev to establish good relations with Obama who is handsome, young and suntanned," he said.

Italy's left-wing opposition parties have demanded Mr Berlusconi apologise for the gaffe - which they say is at worst racist and at best a diplomatic blunder.

"Berlusconi cannot control himself in the best of circumstances," said Dario Franceschini of Italy's centre-left opposition Democratic Party.

"He forgets that his words hurt our country's image in the world."

But the Italian leader, who himself sports a suntan, hit back at his critics - accusing them of not having a sense of humour.

"God save us from the imbeciles," he said.

The 72-year-old media mogul is no stranger to putting his foot in it.

While campaigning for elections in 2006, he famously said that Chinese people "boiled babies for fertiliser" during the Mao Zedong era.

At his first meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in 2002, Mr Berlusconi said: "Rasmussen is not only a great colleague, he's also the best-looking prime minister in Europe.

"He's so good looking, I'm even thinking of introducing him to my wife."
 
#3
The man's got no sense of diplomacy or tact! After all, he hosted Bliar et al in his villa in Tuscany.
 

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#5
Markintime said:
Is he related to Phil the Greek?
Just what I was thinking! Imagine a night on the lash with those two :D
 
#6
He's nearly as bright as George W., isn't he? :wink:
 
#8
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Judging from his past history, I think you are giving him far too much credit.
 
#9
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
 
#11
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
 
#12
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
His colour was of significance to the voters of America as it marked a breakthrough in that country, much the same as Margaret Thatcher becomming PM marked a breakthrough in this country. Post event all that matters is how he is perceived as a president and that has nothing to do with his colour but everything to do with his ability.
 
#13
Markintime said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
His colour was of significance to the voters of America as it marked a breakthrough in that country, much the same as Margaret Thatcher becomming PM marked a breakthrough in this country. Post event all that matters is how he is perceived as a president and that has nothing to do with his colour but everything to do with his ability.
So what you are saying is that some people did indeed vote for him on the colour of his skin rather than if he was the best man for the job.
 
#14
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
Because they believed, for the first time in years that this was a guy who was capable of delivering change?
 
#15
mediumwhiteamericano said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
Because they believed, for the first time in years that this was a guy who was capable of delivering change?
Possibly, but when it's 97% in some areas maybe his colour did have some to do with it.

As for the Berlusconi being racist, Just more left wing babble, the man was trying to make a joke. If he said no black man should ever be president then he would be racist.
 
#17
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
His colour was of significance to the voters of America as it marked a breakthrough in that country, much the same as Margaret Thatcher becoming PM marked a breakthrough in this country. Post event all that matters is how he is perceived as a president and that has nothing to do with his colour but everything to do with his ability.
So what you are saying is that some people did indeed vote for him on the colour of his skin rather than if he was the best man for the job.
I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that, you would have to ask those who voted.
 
#18
stacker1 said:
mediumwhiteamericano said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
Because they believed, for the first time in years that this was a guy who was capable of delivering change?
Possibly, but when it's 97% in some areas maybe his colour did have some to do with it.

As for the Berlusconi being racist, Just more left wing babble, the man was trying to make a joke. If he said no black man should ever be president then he would be racist.
Berlusconi makes himself look the eejit with such a 'joke', as he cannot be unaware of how race has been such a divisive issue in US.

Of course colour had something to do with it - just as religion did when JFK was elected - I was at a Democratic celebration and black people were crying out of joy - many said they never thought they would see this day - when a black would be elected President. And there is nothing wrong with that.
 
#19
stacker1 said:
mediumwhiteamericano said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
Because they believed, for the first time in years that this was a guy who was capable of delivering change?
Possibly, but when it's 97% in some areas maybe his colour did have some to do with it.

As for the Berlusconi being racist, Just more left wing babble, the man was trying to make a joke. If he said no black man should ever be president then he would be racist.
Actually no one has accused him of being a racist, just that he showed poor judgment and that his remarks were open to misinterpretation and may cause offense to some people. You seem to be the one trying to introduce a racial element here, are you BNP by any chance?
 
#20
KevinB said:
stacker1 said:
mediumwhiteamericano said:
stacker1 said:
Markintime said:
Random_Task said:
Or perhaps Belusconni is very subtley suggestion that their differences are only 'skin deep' and shouldn't be focussed upon?
Surely Barak OBama is a political leader on the world stage? He is the President of, arguably, the most powerful nation on earth. His skin colour is of no more importance than the colour of Gordon Browns eyes (I assume they both match).
So why did so many black people vote for him then?
Because they believed, for the first time in years that this was a guy who was capable of delivering change?
Possibly, but when it's 97% in some areas maybe his colour did have some to do with it.

As for the Berlusconi being racist, Just more left wing babble, the man was trying to make a joke. If he said no black man should ever be president then he would be racist.
Berlusconi makes himself look the eejit with such a 'joke', as he cannot be unaware of how race has been such a divisive issue in US.

Of course colour had something to do with it - just as religion did when JFK was elected - I was at a Democratic celebration and black people were crying out of joy - many said they never thought they would see this day - when a black would be elected President. And there is nothing wrong with that.
And there was me thinking the IRA didn't like blacks very much. (bar the ANC)
 

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