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What Happens in Italy . . .

Pop quiz!

Question: What do Nicolas Sarkozy, Silvio Berlusconi and Barack Obama have in common?

Answer: They're men.

From left: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi look at a hostess removing cards indicating positions for a G-8 group photo in Italy Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

(REUTERS/Jason Reed)

By The Reliable Source  |  July 9, 2009; 5:48 PM ET
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The young beauty is only 17! Mr. Prez shouldn't be so obvious, but that is an amazing dress.

Posted by: RambleOn | July 10, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

How am I supposed to raise my son to be a gentleman, when this sort of behavior (by individuals that are supposed to be role models)is still presented as humorous? I presume no one obtained this young lady's permission to print this picture. This strikes me as a perfect example of sexual harrassment: an unwitting / unwilling girl/woman subjected to sexualized treatment, which bears an underlying threat to her given the men's status and authority, and which is totally trivialized under the age-old banner of "Boys Will Be Boys". Frankly, I am really unpleasantly amazed that the Post has printed this. YUCK.

Posted by: caseykf | July 10, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh, please, get over yourself. People look. Men do it, women do it. Presidents do it. As long as there is no touching, there's no harm, no foul.

Posted by: psufan | July 10, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Not surprisingly, when you watch the actual video you can see he was looking down to help another lady on the stairs. Lame WaPo, very lame.

Posted by: VT2003 | July 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Way to stay classy, Washington Post

Posted by: gwenrr | July 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe this photograph and editorial men-will-be-men comment is still live on your site without a HUGE correction and apology to President Obama. Rudimentary review of the tape -- shown on CBS and other networks this morning -- clearly shows he was turning to help the woman behind him, not ogling at some woman. This is a smear, plain and simple -- not to mention lazy journalism and asleep-at-the-switch editing. Didn't ANYONE think before allowing this to go into print when it's so obviously contrary to the president's well-publicized personal character and plain-to-see devotion to his wife? The Washington Post is going downhill -- fast. CORRECT THIS NOW.

Posted by: rabs1 | July 10, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree, WAPO you need to stop this madness. I can't believe you all would do this especially one day after Marion Barry has embarrassed DC. This is unacceptable!!!Our President has class and is definitely not looking at that young ladies assets. He is a respectable gentleman with a beautiful wife and two kids. Trixs are for kids!

Posted by: deva00 | July 10, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Washington Post appears to be competing with the National Enquirer or The Star on sensationalistic journalism (and WINNING). The video clearly shows that President Obama was turning to help the young woman behind him. When I opened the Style section this morning I was appalled that the Post had even published the photo, but now feel that the Post has sunk to an all-time low. Clearly, the Reliable Source isn't professional or reliable.

Posted by: harperissac2008 | July 10, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

There is no harm in looking at the whole menu, doesn't mean you have to eat it all.

Posted by: muranosky | July 10, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

That berry-colored dress needs a pair of strappy heels, STAT.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 11, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I am very disappointed in the Post. Not only for attempting to present this story as news worthy, but for the lack of professionalism in reporting. Had the entire video been viewed it would have clearly been seen the President was watching his footing, then proceeded to turn around and helped the other young lady behind him down the steps as well. My suggestion would be to let this particular journalist go so they can pursue a career with Fox where half truths and misinformation is the norm.

Posted by: asiraco25 | July 11, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Gotta admit, I thought the whole brouhaha was funny.

Until it wasn't.

Posted by: dadada | July 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking about the W-Post earlier. I lived in the area for almost thirty years and lived and died with the Post. One day, an issue that I was strongly behind was treated trivially by the Post. And another story later was also pooh poohed. I suddenly realized that everything printed in the Post was not always true.

This picture is an insult to our President and his family. So glad there was a video to provide the truth. Has an apology been issued? Poor journalism.

Posted by: kamiah | July 13, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Do your homework next time: the full video shows that the President wasn't ogling the young woman. Headlines like this are just a cheap, sleazy tactic to draw in readers, but they perpetuate the false notion that men must by their nature objectify women. Sure, we all notice each other, but both sexes deserve better than this.

Posted by: queenyasmeen | July 14, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

See the video for yourself

Posted by: absjr | July 20, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh, these are wonderful photos. If someone were to compile a handbook for teenage boys demonstrating the proper way to leer at women, then these photos of Sarkozy and Berlusconi would be included. You can almost see the arrows pulsating from Sarkozy's eyes as he stares down at the helpful young woman's derriere, as if he were in a Chuck Jones Wylie Coyote cartoon. And in the second photo, a man would have to be dead not to notice that young woman in her fabulous dress pass within inches of the world's most photographed leaders. Obviously she wanted to be photographed. And I would imagine that the Secret Service detail also watched the glimmering dress pass by.

Lighten up, readers!

Posted by: elaine_otto | July 20, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Watched the video. He was ogling. Pretty discreet, though, gotta give him credit.

Posted by: tresangelas | July 21, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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