Berlusconi’s Obama joke draws ire

Media fails to find Italo premier's remark funny

Italo premier and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi put his foot in his mouth last week at a Moscow press conference with Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev discussing U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.

“I told the president that (Obama) has everything needed in order to reach deals with him: He’s young, handsome and even tanned,” Berlusconi quipped.

Neither Medvedev nor surrounding journos found the remark funny. But Berlusconi, famous for politically incorrect comments, wasn’t apologizing to “the imbeciles of whom there are too many.”

ANSA news agency reported that Berlusconi said, “Why are they taking it as something negative? If they have the vice of not having a sense of humor, worse for them.”

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