Guapos, Italy - Italian leader, Silvio Berlusconi, found himself in the middle of a racism row following comments he made referring to American President-elect Barack Obama as "young, handsome, and even tanned."
Berlusconi, 72, made the remarks to Russian President Medvedev whilst in Moscow to speak at an international Alzheimer's and Tanning Bed conference.
Cuban reporter, Ricky Ricardo, overhearing the remarks, confronted the Italian Prime Minister with, "Berlucy, you've got some splain'in to do".
Berlusconi snapped back to Ricardo that his statement was a great compliment to Obama and that only 'imbeciles' would interpret it as derogatory.
Unluckily for Berlusconi, the International Imbecile convention was also taking place at the same Moscow hotel, and he had to be whisked away in a bullet and drivel-proof vehicle to an undisclosed location.
This is not the first time Berlusconi has been in the centre of a storm of criticism for his outlandish remarks.
He allegedly also insulted French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife, half-Italian Carla Bruni, when he faked a phone call to Sarah Palin, claiming to be Sarkozy and said Carla was "hot in bed".
Luckily for Berlusconi he squirmed out of that guffaw by again claiming that only an imbecile would have believed he was Sarkozy on the phone with Palin.
Mr Obama, meanwhile, seems to be taking the Italian PM's comments in stride.
"There are no hard feelings. I have no beef with Berlusconi. After all," said Obama, "he's the same age as John McCain."
"This election was all about change," added Obama. "And I got 27 cents back in change when I purchased a 2-for-1 Wopper coupon as a token gift for my good friend, Silvio Burlesqueoni."