berlusconi …. bonkers

I have only two words of Italian – Paolo Maldini – so I have no clue what’s been said in this video. 😳

But read below, and watch the ‘WTF’ body language of the President!

Reuters: Silvio Berlusconi’s latest international gaffe, when he complained to a bemused President Barack Obama about his problems with magistrates, was met with mockery, embarrassment and scorn at home on Friday.

Obama looked baffled when television cameras picked up the Italian prime minister buttonholing him at a Group of Eight meeting in France and treating him to one of his trade mark tirades about magistrates who have hauled him into court for four concurrent trials.

Microphones picked up Berlusconi telling Obama during a pause in the G8 meeting: “We have presented a justice reform that is fundamental to us. In Italy we have almost a dictatorship of leftist judges.”

“The prime minister has clearly lost his head,” said left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper in a front page editorial.

Pierluigi Bersani, leader of the largest opposition party, quipped that Berlusconi was probably asking Obama for NATO military action against the judges…..

(Berlusconi, 74, is currently on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute)

40 Responses to “berlusconi …. bonkers”

    May 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm


    • 2 theo67
      May 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      So descriptive, Sue – and perfect!

        May 28, 2011 at 7:28 am


    • 4 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      well, damn! 😆 😆 😆

      You have quite the imagination, Sue!

      This is hilariously pitiful, from the moment he spotted PBO, to the obvious machinations going on in his head, to him making a beeline for PBO — just crazy! I swear the whole world has Obama obsession. WTF was PBO gonna do for him? I know PBO was like “this mofo here!” Lawdhamercy.

  2. 5 VC prezOfan2
    May 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Oh dear! Our President might be a good problem solver but what does he think the Prez can do here? Does he want him to be a negotiator? Sorry, Berlusconi, you made your bed so you’ll have to lie in it alone.

      May 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm


  3. 7 UT Austin Liberal
    May 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Hahahahahahahahaha…. everyone has to look at PBO’s face at the end of the video. He’s like WTF just happened?… why is he telling me something as messed up as this. 😆 😆

    It’s funny that Berlusconi walked up to a cameraman and seems to tell him to take a picture of him talking with PBO. Then he gets an interpreter so as to make sure that noooooo… PBO doesn’t misunderstand him.. b/c you know, that would be tragic. It’s like dude why would you want this moment to be captured for posterity and what the heck kind of CRACK are you SMOKING? 🙄

    • 8 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      I just realized that he wanted a picture taken, due to what you said. PBO must be REALLY popular in Italy for him to think a photo would make all the bad things go away. LOLOLOL.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm


    • 11 isonprize
      May 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Pres. Obama is so gracious. I can imagine he is thinking “what the hell is THIS guy talking about? I hope he really remembers how far away I kept Michele from his crazy ass!” LOLOLOL

      • 12 ribletsonthepan
        May 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

        Really! On a more serious note, a black man in America doesn’t reach the highest office in the land without expertise in navigating an impressive array of stratagems. And with that Obama succeeds with grace. Skimming the Italian press, the response to Berlusconi’s behavior has been scathing. From what I can gather (via google translater) there is utter disgust with his attacks on the so-called left wing judiciary. Many examples were cited, most recently the case of a famous footballer accused of sexual assault. The entire case was seized by parliament no less for review in the deliberate attempt to shield the accused from criminal investigation & prosecution. The perversion of justice, they claim is the exclusive domain of the Berlusconi government. This latest fiasco seems to be the final straw for many Italians. They are utterly embarrassed beyond belief. Damn, after 8 years of George Bush we know exactly how they feel.

  5. 13 globalcitizenlinda
    May 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    okay someone has lost their mind completely!!!! what in the world does he want President Obama to do about his “prosecution by the ‘leftist’ judges?

  6. 14 Pragmaticadult
    May 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Bwahahaha this is too funny. I did not know president Obama was the world’s president. Bwahahaha did you see the way he was “gliding” towards the press? Bwahahahaha like an evil little man bwahahaha ovey! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  7. 15 ribletsonthepan
    May 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Best quip yet. Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, joked: “I don’t know if Berlusconi is going to ask Obama for NATO intervention.”

  8. 16 Walking on Sunshine
    May 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    What the h@ll! This guy is in charge of a country??

    I am looking forward to the book that PBO writes after he leaves office.

  9. 17 Sue in Minnesota
    May 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Over at BWD it was stated that Italians are writing apologies on President Obama’s FB for Berlusconi’s behavior.

  10. 18 Kasai
    May 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Wow…As i still understand some italian….what was so sneaky, as the reported mentioned, that Berlusconi passed by the President like he wasn’t really paying him any mind, while he was instructing the photographers to take a shot once I am talking to President Obama…Our President was quick to call the interpreter, He listened and realized, that was a bunch of nonsense had nothing to do what he came for…LOL… and quickly sat back down to engage with pressing issues at the summit.

    While President makes us feel so proud, the Italian leader has shamed his country with embarrassment.

    • 19 Chi
      May 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

      But notice just how gracious and respectful President Obama remained…

      It is so ironic that just 2 years ago all these heads of state were shooting off at the mouth about how green President Obama was…

      Bush’s buddy Berlusconi, even quipped back then in a rather dismissive way about President Obama being tanned and handsome – Italian vernacular for: he’s just a pretty face and we seasoned polliticians will eat him for supper…

      Even Sarkozy lashed out at a meeting with his cabinet about President Obama and said so many derogatory things…

      And now 2 years later, they all still need and appreciate more than ever the smart, decent, compassionate, respectful, measured, pleasant, dignified, focused and all around amazing young man who’s flipped the political play book and showed the world that it really does pay to be decent, kind, have integrity and compassion and respect for all people…

      May God continue to bless, protect, guide and defend our most exquisite President and his lovely family…

  11. 20 Sue in Minnesota
    May 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Paulo Maldini….Italian for Hot Damn! Thanks for the lesson in Italian Chipsticks 😀

  12. 25 Kasai
    May 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t blame the Italian people, it was classless to bring his personal legal trouble to the President…What was he thinking? He was hoping that the President would say “Don’t worry I will take care of it”…lol, now that would be a story, fat chance Berlusconi, you dealing with a class act, No Drama Obama here.

  13. 26 Cindy Sweatt
    May 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

    This is off topic, but many times when I click to watch a video on The Obama Diaries, I get a link/ad to an anti Obama survey. What is up with that???

  14. 28 Cindy Sweatt
    May 28, 2011 at 12:21 am

    They are across the bottom of the video and say ads by Google.

  15. 29 FiredUpInCA
    May 28, 2011 at 12:37 am

    This reminds me of W massaging Angela Merkel’s shoulders and how embarrassing that was. Maybe Berlusconi thinks that because he was supportive of the no-fly zone in Libya, that the quid pro quo should be for President Obama to pressure the magistrates to stop taking him to court. Who knows what he’s thinking? It seems like the kind of conversation one would have out of the public eye.

  16. 31 LunarSea
    May 28, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I have so been enjoying the month of May at TOD blog with all of you. I rarely post because by the time I catch up with all I’ve missed during the day it is late and everyone is gone. Also you all seem to be reading/typing my thoughts so well so I laugh, grit my teeth and beam with pride along with you all in the silence of my room late at night. But two things I just have to say.

    1st To Chips, and all those who contribute to all these wonderful post, ‘THANKS’ seems so small. The best way to end a day is with a visit to this site. It allows me to fall asleep feeling all is right in the world.

    2nd What was this guy thinking? I’m surprised the President didn’t punch him in the face. Sorry to inject thoughts of violence but I can’t imagine the restraint PBO displayed when approached by this leper. (no offense to lepers)

    This is a man (forget for a minute the President part) who has a great respect for and has been shaped by very strong women. He always advocates for the rights of women everywhere he goes and in all his speeches. He displays an abiding love for and greatly respects his wife. He adores his girls and worries about them as any doting dad would and this creep -who is being charged with prostitution with underage girls is asking him for cover?! 👿

    I believe Berlusconi truly has lost his mind. Throw away the key on him!

    Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. Now to light a candle for the safe return of our President. I’ll be so happy when he is back on US soil and with his loving families here, at BWD and at the whitehouse. lol 🙂

    • 32 Walking on Sunshine
      May 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Hi LunarSea,
      I’m usually a late arrival who catches up at bedtime too. Nice to meet you 🙂
      There were comments posted here yesterday about how the President’s Facebook page was flooded by Italians apologizing for Berlusconi. I went to check it out and post a comment showing them a little love.

      As an update: This flood of apologies is still going on this morning. They must feel really bad. I hope they get a good person to lead them soon who will represent them the way they deserve.

  17. 33 LYNND
    May 28, 2011 at 3:24 am

    LOL! andare lontano stupido !

  18. 34 Carolyn
    May 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Just one quick response re: President of the World??? Yes, I think there are many countries and people within those countries who wish our President was president of the world. Think what a better place it would be. I think by now those other leaders know what they’re dealing with and they’d better have their pictures taken with him!!! I think and hope the Italians will take care of Berlusconi.

  19. 36 Kasai
    May 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yes We Can 🙂 and dreams do come true:-)

  20. 37 CEB
    May 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    What does he want from the president, absolution? When you look at the video, you see that he made a beeline for PBO. This is so unseemly on so many levels. SB is old enough to be Barack’s father. He should be the one providing wise council, not looking for the man who educated and worked his way up from a humble background, to throw him a bone or sympathy for a situation that he caused himself.

  21. 38 Titti
    May 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Could help but laugh thoug. This plonker is a constant source of embarrassment for his people. The Prez is so polite tho, I bet he is thinking ‘this plonker has lost his mind, I know I am the the most powerful man in the world but even I can’t swing this.’

    • 39 Walking on Sunshine
      May 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I just checked back on PBOs Facebook. There are more than 5000 comments on the West Wing Week post and easily more than half are Italians apologizing to the President. They are still doing it. I feel real bad for them.

      It reminds me of the 2004 elections when Kerry lost and there was a site called “sorry everybody.com” where people went to apologize about the election results and identify themselves as one of the 49% who voted for Kerry.

      I really really hope someone decent is going to replace this guy.

  22. May 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    First of all, thanks for publishing our video in TOD. It now also features English subtitles. Considering the interest that this video has raised, we thought it could be interesting to briefly enumerate Mr. Berlusconi’s criminal proceedings. The 15 proceedings below are all closed. There are four more open proceedings, among which the “famous” underage prostitution.

    1. False testimony on Propaganda 2 (Masonic lodge better known as “P2”). Founded allegation. The Court of Appeal of Venice declared Mr. Berlusconi guilty in 1990, but did not proceed to sentence because an amnesty passed in 1989 had extinguished the wrongdoing.
    2. Bribery of members of the Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police). Founded allegation. Fininvest Group companies paid four kickbacks to obtain “softer” tax inspections. The First Court sentenced Mr. Berlusconi to 2 years and 9 months of jail. The Appeal Court sentenced that prosecution is barred by the statute of limitations for three of the bribes. An acquittal was given on the fourth one due to insufficient evidence and thanks to the false testimony given by Mr. Mills.
    3. Black funds in relation with purchase of estates near Mr. Berlusconi’s Macherio villa. Partially founded allegation (ITL 4.4 million black funds paid to the former owner). The First Court acquitted Mr. Berlusconi for embezzlement and tax fraud, The statute of limitations expired before a verdict was reached on the two cases of false accounting. The Appeal Court acquitted Mr. Berlusconi for embezzlement, tax fraud and the first case of false accounting; statute of limitations expired for the second, therefore the case was closed.
    4. Black funds in relation with the purchase of Medusa. Founded allegation. A Fininvest manager credited ITL 10.2 billion of black funds to 5 savings accounts of Mr. Berlusconi, who was however acquitted on the false accounting charge due to insufficient evidence: he’s too rich to become aware of the amount credited to his accounts. The money was credited to him without his knowing.
    5. All Iberian 1. Founded allegation. The First Court sentenced Mr. Berlusconi to 28 months of jail for paying ITL 23 billion of undeclared funds to Mr. Bettino Craxi. The Court of Appeal granted Mr. Berlusconi extenuating circumstances and the statute of limitation expired before the appeal was completed. Mr. Berlusconi was therefore acquitted.
    6. All Iberian 2. Founded allegation. Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted on false accounting charges (ITL 1.2 billion of undeclared offshore funds) because “the fact is not punishable by law anymore”. In fact, with a so-called “ad personam law” (a law specifically passed to acquit Mr. Berlusconi), false accounting charges were changed into mere misdemeanors and the statute of limitations was reduced.
    7. Black funds in the purchase of soccer player Lentini. Founded allegation. ITL 10 billion of black funds were paid by Milan Soccer Club to Torino Soccer Club to purchase the player. Extenuating circumstances were granted, and thanks to the shorter statute of limitations established by the new false accounting law approved by Mr. Berlusconi’s government, statute of limitations expired and Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted.
    8. False accounting and embezzlement in the purchase of television rights. Founded allegation. Extenuating circumstances were granted. The statute of limitations expired due to the new false accounting law passed by Mr. Berlusconi’s government, and the case was closed with an acquittal.
    9. False accounting on Fininvest Consolidated. Founded allegation. ITL 1.5 billion of black funds deposited in 64 offshore companies. Extenuating circumstances were granted and, again, the statute of limitations expired due to the new false accounting law passed by Mr. Berlusconi’s government and the case was closed with an acquittal.
    10. SME-Ariosto 1. Unfounded allegation. There is no evidence that payments made by Mr. Previti to Judges Squillante and Verde with Fininvest funds were associated with the SME affair and ordered by Mr. Berlusconi. Acquittal.
    11. SME-Ariosto 2. Founded allegation. Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted on false accounting charges related to payments made to judges because “the fact is not punishable by law anymore”.
    12. Mondador arbitration. Founded allegation. Fininvest lawyers Previti, Pacifico and Acampora bribed Judge Metta with ITL 420 milion to cancel the Mondadori award and obtain a decision favorable to Mr. Berlusconi on the purchase of the publishing house. Once again, extenuating circumstances and expired statute of limitations lead to Mr. Berlusconi’s acquittal.
    13. Corruption of Mr. Saccà, President of RaiFiction Network. Partially founded allegation. It’s been proved through wiretaps that Mr. Berlusconi asked Mr. Saccà to hire four actresses-to-be protected by him at RaiFiction, and promised to help Mr. Saccà in his private entrepreneurial activities. However, Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted because Mr. Saccà, Manager of a public TV Network, is not considered to be a public service officer.
    14. “Sale” of Senators. Partially founded allegation. Government positions were offered to Senator Nino Randazzo by Mr. Berlusconi if he voted against Mr. Prodi. Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted because the fact is not “incitement to corruption” but just “dishonesty”.
    15. Sanjust case. Partially founded allegation. The ex-husband of Mr. Berlusconi’s lover Mrs. Virginia Sanjust, was downgraded and transferred by Sisde (Italian Secret Service) on an order by the office of the President of the Council of Ministers. However, Mr. Berlusconi was acquitted on abuse of authority and mobbing charges. The transfer could have been decided by Mr. Letta and by General Mori, as usual, without Mr. Berlusconi’s knowing.

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