When in Rome, Amigo . . .
President Bush had a minor language gaffe during a light and amiable luncheon with the other G-8 leaders:
The life-of-the-party president, mingling before the meal, chatted animatedly about his parents’ health, his birthday and the corruption charges facing one of his best buddies in Europe, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy.
“Amigo! Amigo!” Mr. Bush called out cheerily in Spanish when he spotted the Italian prime minister. “How you doing, Silvio? Good to see you!”
For all I know, Bush and Berlusconi converse with each other in Spanish. Or, Bush meant to say “Amico,” the Italian equivalent, instead of “Amigo.” Or, perhaps Bush actually said “Amico” and Sheryl Gay Stolberg interpreted it as “Amigo” because she doesn’t speak Italian, either.
Regardless, it’s amusing. As is Matt Yglesias‘ helpful language map.