Bush Insults Italy

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by benito gattopardo, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. benito gattopardo

    benito gattopardo New Member

    Mar 7, 2003
    Did anyone see the footage of Italian President Ciampi giving a statement to the press at the White House today? Bush was seated next to him.
    As Ciampi was speaking (in Italian) on Italy's resolve to see the mission through in Iraq despite Wednesday's horrific massacre, Bush constantly fidgeted, slumped in his chair, with his legs wide open. His posture and decorum were terrible. He even yawned at one point. Sure, he might have been tired, but come on! He looked like some drunk cowboy in a B Western saloon scene.
    I think the guy's losing it or he is just plain disrespectful.
  2. Roel

    Roel Member

    Jan 15, 2000
    Santa Cruz mountains
    Liverpool FC
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    Where'd you see this? Could there be a video clip?
  3. benito gattopardo

    benito gattopardo New Member

    Mar 7, 2003
    I saw it on RAI International, the Italian language
    station available through Time Warner, Cablevision,
    and DirectTV/Dish. I don't know if the clip made it to the US broadcast or cable news networks.
    Maybe Sardinia saw it on RAI-Italy, Mediaset or Telemontecarlo.
  4. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Berlusconi: "I tried to stop Bush".

    Wowee. Nothing like sticking by your allies and convictions when things go south.
  5. benito gattopardo

    benito gattopardo New Member

    Mar 7, 2003
    I think everyone can agree that Berlusconi
    is a slime. However, it was President Ciampi and
    the Italian people that Bush disrespected, not Berlusconi. And I remind you, Ciampi was making a very powerful statement that Italy would continue its mission in Iraq despite things appearing to "go south."
    Also, be careful about accusing Italians of going south when things go wrong. When things went south in Lebanon in 1982 and we Americans skiddadled out of there, it was the Italians who
    stayed to try to keep some semblance of peace and order in Beirut. Years later in Somalia, we got hit hard and ran again. Who stayed? The Italians.
  6. quicksand

    quicksand Member

    May 7, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wow. Just wow. I thought this was going to be a thread about Bush saying something that would offend Italy. But no.

    Isn't there something more important to worry about than Bush's posture? Or is this touchiness the only thing that matters?
  7. DoyleG

    DoyleG Moderator
    Staff Member

    FC Edmonton
    Jan 11, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    FC Edmonton
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    Reading articles, Italians were "shocked" by the attack on their troops. They figured that their troops were popular and less of a target.

    Either the Italian public is in a fantasy world, or they are just plain stupid.

    This latest "incident" only shows RAI has too much free time on his hands.
  8. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Aug 19, 2002
    Club Brugge KV
    Well you were the guy that assumed the US troops would be welcomed by the Iraqi people a few months back. So I wouldn't go around saying someone else lives in a fantasy world...
  9. Dan Loney

    Dan Loney BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 10, 2000
    Los Angeles Sol
    Nat'l Team:
    We told you so.

    The Axis of Chocolate

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