Last year was rich with unforgettable fails of world leaders. The most striking were ones made by British prime minister Gordon Brown, Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich.
Gordon Brown, in the midst of a campaign in April, has been caught unawares calling an older lady who confronted him on the election campaign trail a “bigot”.
Gillian Duffy, a 66-year-old widow, told the Prime Minister that she was concerned about immigration from Eastern Europe.
Mr Brown chatted to her for five minutes and appeared to end the conversation amicably, telling her she came from a “good family”. But he was unaware that his microphone was still on as he got into his car and sped away, and was heard berating his staff for allowing the encounter. He told an aide: “That was a disaster. Should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that?” When the aide said they did not know who was responsible, the Prime Minister snapped: “ridiculous”. The aide asked what Mrs Duffy had said, and Mr Brown replied: “Everything. She’s just a sort of bigoted woman who says she used to be Labour.”
Ironically Mrs Duffy, a former council worker, had said that she had been happy with Mr Brown’s responses and would be voting for him. This mistake may helped Brown and his party 6th May to lose the elections. Many analysts have subsequently claimed that Brown, without this fail, would have done better.
In 2010. Silvio Berlusconi continued with his usual sense of humor, saying incorrect political jokes. Despite the growing criticism of his government and more calls for his resignation, Berlusconi has shocked once again.
The Italian Prime Minister’s mental stability has been questioned after he made a joke about the return of Adolf Hitler as he addressed a youth rally. He told young members of his People of Freedom Party: ‘A little after Hitler died his supporters discovered he was in fact still alive. They went to look for him to convince him to come back and he replied: “Yes I will return but on one condition… this time I will be evil, right?”’.The ‘joke’ went down a storm with the cheering crowd of supporters.
At a government meeting in December president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, said that he still has to work to improve his Ukrainian language. This happened after he could not remember the word for “Christmas tree” in Ukrainian, so he spoke it in – Russian.
U.S. General Stanley McChrystal said very carelessly that the president is Barack Obama feels “uncomfortable intimidated” when talking to the first people of the U.S. military. The general has also openly expressed hostility towards Richard Holbrooke, and his e-mails, saying: “Oh no, another email from Holbrook. I do not want to read it. ” General did not spare many other high-ranking officials of the word calling them “clown, an attacker, wounded animal…”. His”eloquence” eventually led him to removal from duty.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, in order to help the domestic auto industry advertising, announced that he will drive yellow “Lada kalina” for 2,000 kilometers. That car Putin has called “trusted” and “comfortable. ” The whole story got the opposite effect when an amateur recorded three yellow “Lada kalinas” in Putin’s escort, with one of them broken down during the ride. This video was seen by 100,000 people on the internet and is completely inconsistent with the report of the state television, where was said that Putin drove 2,000 km in a single car.