Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Well, Barack, of all the honours you've received today I'm sure you'll be glad to know that your book made our timely display at the school

Sorry, Mitt, but I don't have one of yours. That may be just as well because your remark six days ago about not wanting the USA to "end up like Italy" went down about as well here as your pre-Olympics gaffe in London, though it did have the unexpected effect of uniting politicians from two warring parties [Italy's Pd and Pdl] in indignation.  Minister Gianfranco Polillo, meanwhile, shrugged his shoulders as only an Italian can, concluding that you already have economic problems similar to those of Italy but lack the compensations of the Italian quality of life.

Everyone I've spoken to here seems pleased at the outcome in the US and Mr Monti sent amicable and  restrained congratulations to President Obama today, in marked contrast to those of his predecessor Mr Berlusconi four years ago when the gaffeur par excellence emphasised the then President-elect's "suntan".  Mr Monti added that President Obama is "nice" to work with.

I don't know about you, dear reader, but I feel worn out even though I haven't fought a campaign or cast a vote! Perhaps this is because just two weeks ago we had our own very exciting Sicilian regional elections, in which Beppe Grillo's new M5S party won 47% of the vote. So hold on to your hat, Barack, because we may have real change coming over here!


Liz Hinds said...

I'm sure he'll be delighted!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ha, Liz!

Gledwood said...

I still can't get over Barrack Obama getting selected over Hilary Clinton as presidential candidate, let alone getting elected. If all races are exactly the same, as they supposedly are (which explains why so many Chinese people win the 100 metres Olympic sprint)... then what's the point of a mixed race president? But men and women are definitely NOT the same. And it would have been SO MUCH MORE FASCINATING to see a Madam President.

Also I think she should have worn the Hope Diamond for her inauguration..!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Gleds. I think she lost a lot of female support at the time for not chucking Bill out. Others were worried there would be "two President Clintons". But she's proved herself a stateswoman now. I'm afraid I don't follow your logic on Obama. He got there on merit, surely?


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