When the Italian prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was introduced to Michelle Obama at the G20 Summit meeting in Pittsburgh this past week, he caused yet another stir.
Upon being introduced, Berlusconi stood back and glanced at Michelle up and down causing a moment that would make a call girl blush. Then, instead of a close embrace with a handshake, he exteneded his hand and shook from a distance.
Wow, talk about cold receptions.
As if that wasn’t enough, at a rally in Milan, Berlusconi referred to Barack as “Whats his name? Some tanned guy. Ah, Barack Obama .” He continued by saying, “You won’t believe it, but the two of them went to the beach house because the wife is also tanned.”
This isn’t the first time Berlusconi has called Barack tan–he did also last November. Widely criticized for it, he said it was a “joke,” and called his critics “imbeciles.”
Perhaps Berlusconi isn’t bothered by it because he is used to controversy. Last spring his wife filed for divorce after wide speculation that Berlusconi was paying to have sex with underage girls at his parties. Berlusconi of course denies the accusations saying that if you have to pay, what joy is there?
Berlusconi wouldn’t have a difficult time paying for anything. He is known for being a cruise ship tycoon and Italy’s riches man.
And Berlusconi isn’t short on ego either. Earlier this month at a press conference he said he thought he was the best prime minister in Italy’s history. However, he doesn’t apologize for his tactfulness–or lack thereof.
So what are your thoughts? How out of line was Berlusconi?