Examples of Berlusconi being a racist, gauche and ill-mannered: In 2003, he advised investors in New York to relocate to Italy because the secretaries were better looking than their American counterparts. “ Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries … superb girls! ”
Examples of Berlusconi being a racist, gauche and ill-mannered: In November 2008 he was accused of being racist, or at least gauche, when he hailed then President-elect Obama as “ handsome, young and also suntanned. ”
Examples of Berlusconi being a racist, gauche and ill-mannered: Two days after Italy ’ s biggest earthquake for 30 years made 17,000 people homelsess, Berlusconi toured some of the tent sites around l ’ Aquila and said those made homeless should see it as a camping trip. (Tent cities were put up and people endured freezing temperatures.)
Examples of Berlusconi being a racist, gauche and ill-mannered: To a German MEP: “ I know that in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps – I shall put you forward for the role of Kapo (a guard chosen from among the prisoners) – you would be perfect! ”
Examples of Berlusconi being a racist, gauche and ill-mannered: “ I ’ d go anywhere with you, even to a deserted island. If I weren ’ t already married, I would marry you straight away. ” His wife, Veronica Lario, wrote a letter published in a national newspaper calling for a public apology which she duly received.
Berlusconi was acused of embarassing his country by yelling a greeting at US President Barack Obama and earning a rebuke from the Queen during an official G20 photo shoot in London. He bellowed: “ Mr. Obama! ”, to which he received a quiet response of “ Mr. Berlusconi ” from the US President. The Queen bristled at his booming voice and said: “ What is it? Why does he have to shout so loud? ”
Mara Cafagna Men’s magazine model later, Equal Opportunities Minister
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