Is He Kidding?

7 11 2008

Silvio Berlusconi

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave an enthusiastic, if unconventional, welcome on Thursday to the election of Barack Obama, citing among his attributes youth, good looks and a suntan.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, the 72-year-old media tycoon also said Obama’s election to the White House had been “hailed by world public opinion as the arrival of a messiah”.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a meeting in Beijing October 23, 2008. (REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool/Files)

“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 also suntanned,” he said.

Berlusconi, who prides himself on being a friend of outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, shrugged off a barrage of criticism in Italy as his remark quickly appeared in print and audio on major media websites around the world.

Italy’s left-wing opposition parties accused him of bringing discredit on the country with comments which they said were at worst racist and at best a diplomatic blunder.

Berlusconi called his critics “imbeciles” without any sense of humour, adding, “God save us from the imbeciles.”

Berlusconi, who himself sports a year-round tan, is famed in diplomatic circles for making sometimes inappropriate quips.

On his first meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in 2002, Berlusconi complimented him with the words: “Rasmussen is not only a great colleague, he’s also the best-looking prime minister in Europe.”

He added: “He’s so good looking, I’m even thinking of introducing him to my wife.”

Is he kidding…on both counts…or what?  Even a small dog knows that judgment, whether good or bad, can not be based on the superficial color of ones fur.color dog by WangHua

And Silvio’s wife must be ready for change, too….


The Daily Dog

27 02 2008

First of all, there will be no daily entries.  I know this is The Daily Dog.  I am a the dog who named it so, purely as self-inspiration:  putting the pressure on, so to speak, in an effort to share my observations in a timely fashion.  But, I am still a dog. 

Mona Lisa with her dog

There are certain highly observable things we, as dogs, do daily.  None of them involve writing.

Translating pure thought to the keyboard takes time.  First, I have to be clear of mind in knowing what I want to say.  This is an inherent problem directly linked to the canine penchant toward distraction. 

Dog and squirrel staring contest.A squirrel here, a squirrel there—you know the rest. One dog track and squirrel tracks

Then, it takes a great expenditure of effort to turn thought to word to blog; a free computer; a few naps; a bit of exercise to patrol one’s territory, a couple of square meals and a treat. 

So bear with me…I’m always thinking.Mindy, our dog, who ate anything...


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