Will change come to Italy, too?

7 November 2008 at 6:52 pm 4 comments

Ciao Bloggisti

Just thought I’d show you the POSITIVE coverage Barack Obama’s victory has been getting in the papers and magazines here in Italy. From what I’ve seen and heard, most Italians are thrilled by this historic event and hope that it will inspire a similar change in the country’s political class.


But it was class, or the lack thereof, that came to the forefront during  Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s press conference in Russia yesterday. His mindless, condescending comment about Barack Obama only goes to show how provincial and out of touch Italy’s politicians actually are. Now I don’t know what possessed that little man to say that – senility, vodka, too much Viagra.  Whatever it is, he’ll have to snap out of it soon because the country is changing. I took the subway yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see how multicultural Milan has gotten over the last couple of years. There was a Muslim girl, a Filipino man, an Asian woman and an Italian guy standing on the platform in front of me, all reading the same page in the newspaper, all reading about Obama and the change that has come not only to America but to the world. Is Italy ready?

Entry filed under: Italy, Milan, Politics.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mentalmosaic  |  12 November 2008 at 3:38 am

    I’m glad to have a president-elect who wants to reach out to other nations and work with him, rather than cling to outdated ideas that America is better than other countries.

    Glad to hear he’s getting good press in Italy!

    As for Berlu’s comments… well, I’m not surprised! That man is a true gaffe machine. Hard to believe (voter fraud, perhaps?) that he’s regained power for the 3rd time.


    Obama seems to be enlightened enough to change America for the better. Let’s hope he’ll also shed some light on Berlusca’s shiny forehead 😉

  • 2. Brittany  |  13 November 2008 at 7:47 am

    I did not hear about that but it is definitely interesting about the multiculturalism. Have a great day 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my humble blog, Brittany. I don’t know if you heard but Berlusca also got into a fight with an American reporter about the whole “suntanned” issue: http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSTRE4A66FA20081107
    Europe is changing and it is imperative that Italy keep up.

  • 3. KP  |  13 November 2008 at 3:23 pm

    His comment is so strange. Since when is being “suntanned” the mark of a great leader? Is this racism and just plain stupidity? Or is this a lost in translation moment? It’s hard to say with this one because it’s just so weird.
    Thanks for bringing this luscious quote to our attention! Viva Italia! KP

    Berlusconi’s comments are always bizarre and inappropriate. And it’s not a problem with the translation. He’s an idiot in Italian, too! Here are some more of his infamous gaffes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3041288.stm

  • 4. michelle of bleeding espresso  |  15 November 2008 at 9:41 am

    With these election results, I feel *so* hopeful not only for America but also for countries like Italy that *sorely* need help and inspiration on the issue of race relations. I picked up a copy of Men’s Health with Obama on the cover…he’s everywhere 🙂

    Men’s Health, you say? You can’t get healthier than him! I hope there won’t be a media overload on Obama and a subsequent backlash.
    I sincerely hope Obama’s win is going to be a wake-up call for Italy. Incrociamo le dita!


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