Speaking from a summit in Moscow, Silvio Berlusconi described U.S. president elect Barack Obama as ‘young, handsome also tanned'. Italy's prime minister refused to issue an official apology for the remark, saying it was a ‘great compliment.' Berlusconi, who has often said that he feels ‘misunderstood' for his sense of humour, accused critics of his ‘compliment' as being ‘imbeciles' who lack a healthly sense of humour. Nonetheless, the ‘tanned' remark stirred a fresh debate across the globe.
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