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July 10, 2009

Photo Essay Of G8 Summit In L'Aquila, Italy

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi arrives for a dinner at the G8 summit

A general view of the round table session during the G8 summit in L'Aquila

Heads of state attend a meeting with the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8), Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt, during a G8 summit in L'Aquila, central Italy, on July 9, 2009. The G8 world powers issued a joint declaration expressing "serious concern" yesterday over post-election violence in Iran but said they were determined to find a peaceful resolution to the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi walks with

Obama praises Italy's 'great' leader as a man of integrity — but it's not Berlusconi

Times Online

Silvio Berlusconi escorts the President

Many Italians will no doubt be pleased that when President Obama arrived in Italy today for his first G8 summit, he immediately launched into lavish praise of the nation’s “great leader”.

This eminent figure had “the admiration of the Italian people”, Mr Obama said, not only because of his long public service but also for his “integrity and his graciousness".
“I just want to confirm that everything I have heard about him is true - he’s an extraordinary gentleman and a great leader of this country," Mr Obama added.

He was talking, however, not about Silvio Berlusconi, but about President Giorgio Napolitano, the head of state, who received him at the Quirinal palace.

The White House later attempted to brush off any suggestion that the compliments - which were pointedly not extended to Mr Berlusconi - were intended as veiled criticism of the scandal-tainted Prime Minister.

Barack Obama holds a soccer jersey given to him by Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) before a round table session at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy

Activists wearing masks depicting the leaders attending the G8 (Group of Eight) Summit in L'Aquila, pose for photographers during a protest against the G8 Summit in front of St. John in Lateran Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, July 9, 2009.

Activists wearing masks depicting the leaders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives on a electric cart

Electric carts are seen at the G8 summit site in L'Aquila, Italy

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (2nd L) is surrounded by security as he makes his way to a round table session in an electric car during the G8 summit

Obama listens to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi speak at a press conference following the Major Economic Forum meeting outlining ways to manage climate change on the second day of the G8 summit on July 9, 2009

President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi arrives for a dinner at the G8 summit

FOX News

Obama, and Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi pictured during the G8/G5 summit in L'Aquila, Italy Obama shook hands with Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi Thursday, a sign that relations have improved considerably between the U.S. and the North African nation. The two met as they posed for pictures ahead of a G-8 summit dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Obama's diplomatic gesture was his latest effort to reach out to controversial world leaders .

Despite improved international relations, Qaddafi remains a controversial figure. He criticized the U.S.-led war in Iraq during a speech last month to the Italian Senate.

World leaders stand for a family photo before a dinner at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009. Leaders of the Group of Eight major industrial nations and the main developing economies are meeting in the central Italian city of L'Aquila until Friday to discuss issues ranging from global economic stimulus to climate change and oil prices.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 10, 2009 04:49 AM


Looks like there might be another Clinton, here, Sarkosy looking on as the Soutpiel Oggles the woman. Sarkosy's question might be, "What you lookin' at Boy."

Posted by: Mark at July 10, 2009 07:10 AM

Look at that big fancy meeting room? I wonder the size of the carbon footprint cooling that thing made?

Posted by: BobF at July 10, 2009 07:29 AM

Question. Where are the "professional protesters" we always see at this event.
Also I'll bet the Security people assigned to these leaders love the open electric golf carts.

Posted by: SEAN. at July 10, 2009 10:27 AM

Another G(whiz) meeting of world leaders for America to be stiffed some more.

Is obama putting on weight or does he just have a crappy tailor supplying his suits?

Posted by: TomR at July 10, 2009 11:27 AM

The Fag in Drag Muammar al-Qaddafi shows up as the flaming queen of Libya. What are they saying? May I have this dance!!! Seems that President Nicolas Sarkozy is amused that Osama ogles girls (yep, that's a real one Barry) as well as boys in drag, Michelle may just hoist that Soutpiel from the piel. PS Michelle, use vise grips!!!

Posted by: Jack at July 10, 2009 12:19 PM

Yes, Sean, I was laughing at the security running alongside the Obamobiles. I suppose from the other photos, we can assume BHO is an ass man. This man is such a disgrace to our country.

Posted by: Jim at July 10, 2009 12:27 PM

Here's a novel idea-have this meeting via the web! It might save an awful lot of money in the long run and Michelle wouldn't have to hit Obamanation on the head for looking at another girl's butt.

Posted by: Lynn at July 10, 2009 01:58 PM

Heh, Heh, Looks like libya has their own liberace.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at July 10, 2009 01:58 PM

The wimp's gray is starting to show. I guess they don't have grecian formula readily available over there ;o)

Posted by: jan at July 10, 2009 05:20 PM

Mark, LOL yes Sarkosy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 10, 2009 11:57 PM

BobF., good point, it looks almost
like close to the size of a football
field if not awfuly close.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 10, 2009 11:59 PM

SEAN, the places that had the photos
only had those of the big head masks
on some protesters and only one other
photo of a guy along the road that
was protesting about Iran. weird I agree
I thought there would be a lot of
photos like you said.

SEAN I bet you right about the security

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:03 AM

Tom, Hahahahahhaa LOL, yes his suit
does not seem to be right, too small
and does not lay right when he steps.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:04 AM

Jack, LMAO Muammar al-Qaddafi sure does
look like that. He seems very effeminate.
He is getting uglier with age. That is
not the usual with guys, most of the
time men get better looking as they get
older imo. hahaha Like Sean Connery is
10 times better looking as an older man.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:08 AM

Jim, that is what my husband said too.
I am not sure but I think this is the
first time Obama has been photographed
like this, and two photos at two
different times.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:12 AM

Lynn, that is absolutely genius. That is
exactly what they should do. This G8 thing
is about energy, global warming all that
crazy stuff and if they are really serious
about it they should do just like you said.

They use private Jets, hotel rooms, cars,
limos' etc. And this thing with electric
cars is BS because they still need an
energy source to recharge the batteries.

GREAT idea!

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:17 AM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, LMAO yes it sure does.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:18 AM

Jan, hahahahhaha yes good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 11, 2009 12:18 AM