Silvio Berlusconi: I’m paler than ObamaMarch 27th, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 27 (ANI): Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who last year referred to Barack Obama as “sun-tanned”, has returned to the same subject after he claimed the difference between their leadership styles was that he is ‘paler’.
The 72-year-old made the comment to a reporter who compared the two leaders and their handling of the economic crisis.
It so happened that a journalist commented that his response to the global economic crisis made him seem like Obama, reports The Guardian.
To the comment, Berlusconi shot back: “I’m paler, also, because it’s been so long since I’ve been in the sun.”
He quickly added: “He is more handsome, younger and taller.”
The blunder echoed his remarks in November when he described the newly-elected US President as ‘handsome, young and suntanned’.
He was attacked on all sides for the apparently racist comment, but claimed only ‘imbeciles’ would not take the remark as a joke. (ANI)
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