It's tough leading a country. You have to make unpopular decisions, be a punching bag for the public, and you don't get to call off because you're hungover from drinking a bottle of Wild Turkey on the L train. Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi knows all about the ups and downs of leading a country, but it's still a little bit of a shock to find out that he called vowed to leave Italy in back in July, calling it a "shitty country" that "sickened" him.
Berlusconi's been in hot water for quite some time over various allegations of sexual misconduct (He'd been having women brought to his Roman palazzo for, uh, "briefings," he had sex with an underage prostitute), as well as his possibly illegal business dealings. He's a real class act.
But he's been feeling the heat: in a wire-tapped phone conversation with one of several (!) people that have allegedly been shaking Silvio down for hush-hush money, Berlusconi lost it:
"They can say about me that I screw. It's the only thing they can say about me. Is that clear? They can put listening devices where they like. They can tap my telephone calls. I don't give a fuck. I… In a few months, I'm getting out to mind my own fucking business, from somewhere else, and so I'm leaving this shitty country of which I'm sickened."
It's just been piling on for Berlusconi — Italy's in as much financial hot water as the rest of Europe, and one of his companies was recently ordered to pay 560 million Euro to its worst rival as compensation over bribing a judge to win control of a publishing group.
Still, can you imagine a tape surfacing where Obama calls the U.S. "shitty," and ends by saying "Fuck it, I'm out"? Actually, I'm doing it now. And it's kind of funny.