The Italian Almanac

Barack Obama

The Obama Watch

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi brought a Barack Obama watch to a gathering of European leaders. ``I`m not going to wear it, I brought it to have a laugh with my colleagues,`` Berlusconi told reporters at the traditional centre-right caucus that precedes European Union summits.

The Italian premier, who caused a stir after Obama`s election by joking that America`s first black president was ``suntanned,`` said someone gave him the watch as a present. The watch shows the face of the US president-elect on a blue background dotted with stars.

Berlusconi is known for livening up international events with quips and pranks. Last month he hid behind a lamp post to surprise German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrived for a bilateral summit in Trieste.