Barack and Matteo: The Italian connection

Apr 18, 2015 1180

by David Jackson

Just a couple of guys hanging out at the White House, talking about Italian wine, food, art, and the threat of the Islamic State. President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seemed to get along famously Friday, praising each other on a first-name basis during a White House news conference.

"I brought a few bottles of wine to Barack because I know that he's a great expert," Renzi teased to reporters at one point. A smiling Obama greeted the wine announcement by saying "I felt it would be insulting for me not to sample it, and to establish the strong commercial bonds between the United States of America when it comes to Tuscan wine.

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