Silvio Berlusconi in Trouble for Saying He’s Only a ‘Spare-Time’ Prime Minister

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves during a joint press conference with European Union commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (not pictured) following their meeting on March 14, 2011 at Palazzo chigi in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/2011 AFP

Do Italians really want this guy full-time? The comment, as so many remarks from world leaders do, came in a phone conversation with an exotic dancer. It was, naturally, part of a phone tap on cocaine dealer Giampaolo Tarantini, who is also an alleged procurer of women for Berlusconi. The prime minister also remarked to Tarantini, by the way, that while there were eleven women lined up to enjoy the pleasure of his company on New Year's 1999, “I had only eight of them because I couldn’t manage more.” So sure, you could look at these latest remarks and say that Berlusconi is appallingly chauvinistic, unserious, and spitting on the serious task of managing a troubled nation-state. Or you could say he's all about time-management. [NYP]