The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 January 2006

Don't leave Rome without it

Milan's Il Giornale reports that Premier Silvio Berlusconi has vowed complete sexual abstinence until Italian elections in early April.

The backstory:

A popular TV preacher on the island [of Sardinia], Rev. Massimiliano Pusceddu, had hailed the twice-married premier for opposing gay marriage and defense of so-called family values, and promised that his followers would support the conservative leader because "if the left wins it will be the moral end for this country."

Berlusconi, 69, replied: "Dear Father Massimiliano. I thank you a lot. I will try to meet your expectations, and I promise from now on, 2½ months of absolute sexual abstinence, until April 9."

[insert Bill Clinton joke here]

(Via white pebble.)

Addendum: Rachel notes that Berlusconi apparently didn't consult his wife before taking the pledge, and wonders: "Maybe it was her idea?"

Posted at 8:00 AM to Say What?

Didn't he actually say: "2 months, 16 days, 3 hours and 45 minutes"?

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 6:31 PM on 30 January 2006

He may not have said it, but I wouldn't be surprised if he meant it.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:38 PM on 30 January 2006

RE: "Insert Bill Clinton joke here."

Bill Clinton? Is he still sexually relevent to anyone out here?

If all politics is local, how about inserting a more appropriate Vatican joke about how they protect families and their valuable children?

Posted by: Ramblin Rose at 6:49 PM on 30 January 2006

Um, you misheard it; the adage is "All politics is yokel."

Hence the Clinton reference.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:55 PM on 30 January 2006