Sunday, May 3, 2009
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has proclaimed himself the Jesus Christ of Italian politics, boasted on Friday that he is the world’s most popular leader.
The conservative premier — in his third term in office, said opinion poll findings in his possession showed his popularity at just over 75 percent, making him far more popular than U.S. President Barack Obama:
“The opinion polls I know say that he [Obama] is at 59 percent. Only Brazilian President Luiz Inacio tops 60 percent at 64 percent. So mine is a record high.”
On his way out of a concert hall, the 72-year Jesus Christ Berlusconi who has proclaimed himself Napoleon, except taller, was heckled by protesters who shouted “Go Away!”