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Six More Foreign-Leader Calls for Obama

By Glenn Kessler
President-elect Barack Obama continued his round of congratulatory calls with foreign leaders today, speaking briefly with six more leaders, after chatting with nine on Thursday.

The leaders today included Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, President Lech Kaczynski of Poland and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan.

The calls generally lasted from five to ten minutes and were mainly introductory in nature, an Obama aide said.

Zapatero, who had tense relations with President Bush, became an issue during the campaign when Sen. John McCain, Obama's GOP rival, refused to say whether he would meet with the Spanish leader if he became president. During one of the debates, Obama sarcastically noted McCain's comments to suggest he would not work well with European leaders.

Berlusconi -- whose propensity for gaffes rivals that of Vice President-elect Joseph Biden -- caused a stir this week when he described Obama as "young, handsome and even suntanned."

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I have put together an international round-up of the Obama victory, seen through the eyes of news outlets in Kenya, Iraq, Japan, Ireland and New Zealand:

Out of Iraq, came the following nugget:
“Perhaps the fall of Saddam Hussein needed Republicans while the withdrawal of U.S. forces needs Democrats.”

For more:

“The International Press Looks At The Obama Victory”

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/international-press-looks-at-obama.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 9, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

THESE YOUNG WINGNUTS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR WHATSOEVER.

And by the way, that was a cute compliment that Silvio Berlusconi paid to Obama-Berlusconi, no greater friend and ally to the US than he, the Italians being four square against the enlargement of the US AFB in Vicenza, Italy, and Berlusconi absolutely going forward with it-he's been there with troops and foreign support for the US in Afghanistan, in Iraq-one of the originals-he has always been right there with us-unlike all the rest of the sniffy and at times pukey Europeans, who never want to put their money where their mouth is, unless like now, they are directly threatened by Russia and Iran. Berlusconi is one of the few European leaders who DOES put his money where his mouth is, and supports this country-that's why he's never been very popular with Europeans-he's too pro-US.

Berlusconi and Obama had a "long and cordial" 20 minute conversation yesterday, where he emphasized the ties binding the US-Italy friendship, Italy's committment to Afghanistan, the pending Italian presidency of the G8 leaders-it could not have been more cordial.

Of course, Berlusconi has been a great friend of Pres. Bush's -which is why Bush had a state dinner for him on Columbus Day-Bush's last days-to emphasize their friendship.

Berlusconi joked before the election that he had a personal reason for wanting John McCain to be President: "because then I would not be the oldest of the G8 leaders, but second oldest!"

No, the reporters have to make Berlusconi's cute compliment that Obama was "young, handsome, and even suntanned" into some sort of racist thing, which it could never have been.

And of course, the reporters hounded Berlusconi as he was leaving Russia yesterday if he would make an "apology" to Obama-AND TO BERLUSCONI'S ENORMOUS CREDIT HE DIDN'T GIVE AN INCH, AND TOLD THE US REPORTER THAT HE, THE REPORTER SHOULD SAY HE WAS SORRY FOR MAKING THIS SUCH AN UGLY SITUATION, RATHER THAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

But that's your modern press and the Obamabots for you, isn't it? YOU'RE NOT FREE TO MAKE CUTE JOKES ABOUT THE MESSIAH, ARE YOU? AND YOU REPORTERS HAVE TO TWIST EVERYTHING TO MAKE IT UGLY WHERE IT IS NOT, DON'T YOU?

And Kessler, you're an idiot just like all the other knee-jerk commentors without insight on anything-just stamp out the standard line, eh? Maybe you want to try taking a look at what Berlusconi has done in his last 160 days in office huh? LIKE CLEAN UP ALL THE REFUSE IN NAPLES, FOR A START, SOMETHING HIS LEFT-WING PREDESCESSOR WAS UNABLE TO DO FOR TWO YEARS!

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Mitch is a freaking idiot-who only knows about the world reading his lobtomized websites-try getting out of your back yard and maybe learning a foreign language, Mitch-who knows? You might actually become something other than the prototypical ignorant "ugly American!"

Posted by: arrabbiato | November 8, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Mitch-you NEED A LOBOTOMY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA IN HELL WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 8, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Berlusconi is a racist, fascist dirtbag who's Secret Intelligence were responsible for the bogus yellow cake reports that Ambassador Joseph Wilson discredited and the Bush administration used to take us to WAR. Obama is waaaaaaay to smart to not understand all of this. He's talking to ALL the world leaders for political reasons only. SuperDems. PERMANENT MAJORITY. Got it Karl Rove? Thought so.

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | November 8, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe militant Michelle wanted to send the American public a message! One thing I know I DON'T LIKE MICHELLE, AND SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANY SENSE OF STYLE-SHE IS IN GREAT NEED OF A STYLIST.

Posted by: arrabbiato
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I wonder if the Post could institute a drug test before one can comment.

Any, if she nneds a stylist, maybe the Republicans will pay for one. They've got lots of extra dough.

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I wonder how Edlharris can function with a lobotomy-the world looks pretty rosy and uncomplicated, now doesn't it edlharris?

And by the way, as far as that 150,000 on clothes-IT WAS MONEY WELL WELL SPENT-PALIN LOOKS STUNNING IN HER CLOTHES, ALWAYS ON THE MARK-NO ONE MADE ANY COMMENT WHATSOEVER THAT HER "LOOK" WAS NOT RIGHT-AND IF YOU HAVE A BRAIN, WHICH EDHARRIS OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN DEPRIVED OF, YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT "THE LOOK" REALLY IS-THAT'S WHY HILLARY HAD A STYLIST WITH HER THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN-AND NOBODY COMMENTED NEGATIVELY ABOUT HILLARY'S POOR CLOTHING CHOICES EVER AGAIN-SHE LEARNED DURING THE CLINTON ADMIN. THAT THE WRONG CLOTHES WILL DAMN YOU TO NEGATIVE SPECULATION ABOUT YOUR JUDGMENT-LIKE IT OR NOT, THAT'S THE WAY IT IS IN THIS WORLD.

AND PEOPLE IN DUBAI, LONDON, MILAN-THEY DIDN'T BLINK AN EYELASH OVER THE 150K ON PALIN'S CLOTHING-MONEY WELL WELL SPENT!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 8, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone realize Obama and his evil thugs were behind the housing crash that send the whole world in a tail spin spiraling downward? Such blindness.

We all came from Adam and descended from the loins of Noah, but this man is taking this nations out like the Mayan, faster than you can say TYRANNY!

I guess we all deserve to suffer after murdering 2 million unborn children in the most horrible genocide, I had no idea did you? God just opened my eyes, if we don't overturn abortion this nation is going perish.

In the bible he says he knew us before we were born and knit us into his image.
A baby is a human life with a soul people.

There are countless African-americans who did not vote for Obama, because of people like Obama is why Africa is in the mess it's in.

I just realised America is definitely not Heaven!!!


Posted by: viewranch | November 8, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe militant Michelle wanted to send the American public a message! One thing I know I DON'T LIKE MICHELLE, AND SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANY SENSE OF STYLE-SHE IS IN GREAT NEED OF A STYLIST.

Posted by: arrabbiato
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I wonder if the Post could institute a drug test before one can comment.

Any, if she nneds a stylist, maybe the Republicans will pay for one. They've got lots of extra dough.

Posted by: edlharris | November 8, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to Latin America, I truly hope the Obama team will give a pass on including former Hillary Clinton supporter Arturo Valenzuela on its foreign policy team.

I resigned in protest as the senior analyst for Latin America for the human rights group Freedom House--who I worked for from 1997 to 2005-- over the treatment they planned to give Mexico in their annual "Freedom in the World" report.

I had given Mexico low marks in its country write-up due to the violence and fear created by drug mafias and their police protectors in the northern states bordering the U.S. More than 900 people had been killed in the first nine months of that year and journalists, in particular, had fled several cities in fear.

Against all evidence, Freedom House's academic advisory member Valenzuela demanded on giving Mexico a pass on the issue.

Valenzuela claimed that violence wasn't a major issue in Mexico, and that, of all the countries in Latin America, it was our southern neighbor he knew best.

Valenzuela, a Georgetown professor with whom I had previously clashed for his being an apologist for Argentina's corrupt president Carlos Menem and who had loudly defended Venezuela's Hugo Chavez on press freedom, prevailed.

I then announced my resignation.

Like Henry Kissinger, Valenzuela has made a career of rising up the bureaucratic ladder while leaving a string of questionable judgments in his wake.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | November 8, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Biden was the one who sarcastically mentioned McCain's gaffe on Spain during the debate with Palin. Obama did not.

Posted by: drama_king | November 8, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What! Not even one serious comment as to what, we, the Amaricans, after having lost our faces in the black hole of Bush's eight years, think how our President should react to warm regards and congratulations from statesmen around the world! Nothing but, again and again, sentences, verbal pollution, no meaning. Let us grow-up! Or else, we do not deserve Mr.Obama. If we resemble Bush, why not staying with him. He'd love you for a third term.

Posted by: rafael1 | November 8, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

We have finally come to a new day in America. A different and more broadminded way of seeing things. People who are resistant to change will do everything they can to dampen our happiness and enthusiasm for the new president, but like our new president has stated we must embrace one another in brotherhood, even those who disagree with us, for the purposes of uniting and building a stronger nation and greater alliances world wide. Everyone must work hard and not expect quick fixes. That is the audacity of hope.

Posted by: Cook7 | November 8, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

THESE YOUNG WINGNUTS HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR WHATSOEVER.

And by the way, that was a cute compliment that Silvio Berlusconi paid to Obama-Berlusconi, no greater friend and ally to the US than he, the Italians being four square against the enlargement of the US AFB in Vicenza, Italy, and Berlusconi absolutely going forward with it-he's been there with troops and foreign support for the US in Afghanistan, in Iraq-one of the originals-he has always been right there with us-unlike all the rest of the sniffy and at times pukey Europeans, who never want to put their money where their mouth is, unless like now, they are directly threatened by Russia and Iran. Berlusconi is one of the few European leaders who DOES put his money where his mouth is, and supports this country-that's why he's never been very popular with Europeans-he's too pro-US.

Berlusconi and Obama had a "long and cordial" 20 minute conversation yesterday, where he emphasized the ties binding the US-Italy friendship, Italy's committment to Afghanistan, the pending Italian presidency of the G8 leaders-it could not have been more cordial.

Of course, Berlusconi has been a great friend of Pres. Bush's -which is why Bush had a state dinner for him on Columbus Day-Bush's last days-to emphasize their friendship.

Berlusconi joked before the election that he had a personal reason for wanting John McCain to be President: "because then I would not be the oldest of the G8 leaders, but second oldest!"

No, the reporters have to make Berlusconi's cute compliment that Obama was "young, handsome, and even suntanned" into some sort of racist thing, which it could never have been.

And of course, the reporters hounded Berlusconi as he was leaving Russia yesterday if he would make an "apology" to Obama-AND TO BERLUSCONI'S ENORMOUS CREDIT HE DIDN'T GIVE AN INCH, AND TOLD THE US REPORTER THAT HE, THE REPORTER SHOULD SAY HE WAS SORRY FOR MAKING THIS SUCH AN UGLY SITUATION, RATHER THAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

But that's your modern press and the Obamabots for you, isn't it? YOU'RE NOT FREE TO MAKE CUTE JOKES ABOUT THE MESSIAH, ARE YOU? AND YOU REPORTERS HAVE TO TWIST EVERYTHING TO MAKE IT UGLY WHERE IT IS NOT, DON'T YOU?

And Kessler, you're an idiot just like all the other knee-jerk commentors without insight on anything-just stamp out the standard line, eh? Maybe you want to try taking a look at what Berlusconi has done in his last 160 days in office huh? LIKE CLEAN UP ALL THE REFUSE IN NAPLES, FOR A START, SOMETHING HIS LEFT-WING PREDESCESSOR WAS UNABLE TO DO FOR TWO YEARS!

Posted by: arrabbiato | November 8, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Hideous was not the word for Michelle's dress-were those blood splatters, as someone suggested, flames of hellfire, or possibly a lava flow, in deference to her hubby's native Hawaii? Ha Ha Ha! Someone said that their red and black theme reminded them of a black widow spider, and was creepy-ha ha ha! Who knows? Maybe militant Michelle wanted to send the American public a message! One thing I know I DON'T LIKE MICHELLE, AND SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANY SENSE OF STYLE-SHE IS IN GREAT NEED OF A STYLIST.

Posted by: arrabbiato | November 8, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Berlusconi -- whose propensity for gaffes rivals that of Vice President-elect Joseph Biden -- caused a stir this week when he described Obama as "young, handsome and even suntanned."

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This guy is still able to afford personally financing his activities, even after these stock market crashes?

That's amazing, considering Bill Gates and Warren Buffet (as well as Danold Trump) having to reduce their personal spending to no more than a couple million dollars a day....

Posted by: HerLao | November 8, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Biden desperately needs a new hair piece, and Michelle could use a personal dress designer, her dress was hideous at the election, and yes, Biden does need to be muzzled, imagine, he tells a Senator that has been in a wheel chair for 20 years to stand up and take a bow, I will never understand why obama picked this two time loser for his running mate, talk about being out of touch.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | November 8, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Kessler, I see you're one of the cowards who doesn't want to hear any criticism of your sloppiness-okay, so be it. But I read the Corriere della Sera, and the report was that there was a "long and cordial" conversation between Obama and Berlusconi-you all want to take a cute compliment and make it into something it is not.

There is no greater ally and friend to the US than Berlusconi, and Obama knows that. To compare Berlusconi with the village idiot Biden is truly comparing apples and oranges, because Berlusconi does not make weird, racist remarks that reveal his incomprehensible diarrhea of the mouth-which is why Biden has to be muzzled.

Berlusconi WAS paying Obama a compliment, it was YOU AND YOURS who distorted his remarks into something it was not.

And Obama called Zapatero, because Zapatero, ever anxious to improve his very frayed, practically non-existent ties to the US with Pres. Bush, called him first.

And talk about 'gaffes"- what about Obama's gaffe yesterday concerning Nancy Reagan? That truly WAS a "gaffe" -Berlusconi was paying Obama a compliment-and it was cute-but reporters have to make it into something ugly-which it was not.

Posted by: arrabbiato | November 8, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Notoriousflavio-Cool your Jets there Flame-out!

The US has already had at least one Gay President.

As has been shown all across the Southwest;

FEAR the next big Ceiling Breaker! :-(

Hispanics like to wait, but when they make their move, and a Hispanic runs and wins, they REMAIN!

Yep, 30 Million Invasarios, and CLIMBING! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 8, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

And along with Zapatero of Spain, Berlusconi of Italy, Kaczenski of Poland;

he probably got contacts from Evo Morales of Bolivia, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, one of the Castro Bros. of Cuba, Brown of Britain, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay...and every other lessor "Socialsist" State with a Socialist Leader!

Then, lets NOT forget his Buds in Iran and Hamas!

Syria-That's Biden's Bud! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 8, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

We finally elected someone to the Presidency who is a mature adult and can speak in complete, grammatically correct sentences?

Preposterous! Who could have imagined.....

Posted by: steve511 | November 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

"Looks like the conservatives have a new minority to whip." Gay's have been on the receiving end of the conservative's rhetorical whip for a long time.

You know, we don't want much. Just leave us alone.

Posted by: Neal3 | November 8, 2008 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Do Obama have any kind of madness caused by talking to Zapatero yesterday?

Posted by: jul1a | November 8, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Do Obama have any kind of madness because he talked to Zapatero yesterday?

Posted by: jul1a | November 8, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

What? He talked to Zapatero without preconditions? Madness!!!!!11

Posted by: gohlkus | November 7, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

GAY IS THE NEW BLACK

Could you imagine a GAY President?

Inconceivable?

40 Years ago, people felt the same way about Blacks.

Looks like the conservatives have a new minority to whip.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 7, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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