Gaffes

Berlusconi: Earthquake like “Camping”

Pericles, he ain’t: According to The Guardian, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told a German television station that the victims of the earthquake that killed 260 people in L’Aquila should consider their situation “like a weekend of camping.” He said, “They have medicaments. They have hot food. They have shelter for the night.” The homeless victims endured rain, hail, and near-freezing temperature on Monday and Tuesday. The good news for Berlusconi is that the region will soon be visited by a figure whose gaffes may quickly overshadow his own: The Pope has announced plans to visit as soon as possible.