Bush sorry over Berlusconi Insult – 7/8/08 at G8 Summit
The White House has apologized to Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi for a briefing describing him as a political "amateur" who is "hated by many".The "insulting" biography was included in a press kit distributed to reporters travelling with President George W Bush to a meeting of world leaders in Japan.
He was "one of the most controversial leaders" of a country "known for governmental corruption and vice".
Only last month, Mr Bush visited his old ally, calling him a "good friend".
The four-page description of Mr Berlusconi had been taken from the Encyclopedia of World Biography.
Berlusconi has been a staunch supporter of Bush's war in Iraq
Bush summons Canadian leader with a "Yo Harper!" - 7/7/08 at G8 Summit
At a G8 summit in 2006, Bush landed ally Tony Blair in some trouble by calling out "Yo Blair!"