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eh cumpà, auguri on that cia thing!

Leon Panetta President-elect Obama recently named Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Panetta, 70, is a former Congressman from California, prominent attorney, First Lieutenant in the US Army, and founder of the Panetta Institute, a nonpartisan public policy center that operates out of California State University.

But most importantly to us in southern Italy, he’s Calabrese!

Panetta’s parents were born in Calabria before they emigrated to the United States. His father worked in a copper mine in Wyoming before moving to Monterey, California (Panetta’s hometown) and opening up a restaurant.

So how close is Panetta to his Calabrese roots?

He reportedly doesn’t get back here as often as he’d like, but he does speak Calabrese according to his cousin Domenico Panetta, former mayor of Siderno, which is about 50 km from me.

Of course Panetta’s nomination wasn’t without its detractors, but things now seem to be going smoother on his road to lead la CIA (pronounced “CHEE-ah” in Italy by the way).

And here in Calabria, we couldn’t be prouder. So in honor of Direttore Panetta, please join us in a traditional Calabrese tarantella:

Veniti tutti ‘cca e ‘mparativi abballari!

Capiscisti?

In bocca al lupo, cumpà!

Buon weekend a tutti!

20 Beans of Wisdom to “eh cumpà, auguri on that cia thing!”
  1. Gil
    01.09.2009

    I think that he will need some Legal advice about Italian American relations from a Calabrese Attorney!!!

    Hah, I would settle for some donated frequent flyer miles or something 😉

  2. yay! 10 days left 🙂

    judy haley (coffeejitters)’s last blog post..Dear Baby Girl

    Woohoo!!!!!!!

  3. I heard one of his cousins on SKY24 being interviewed.

    I haven’t seen it, although I think I must have read snippets of it….

  4. oops I hit submit too soon.

    His family on this side of the pond is very proud of him.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Flashback Friday – Jill Scott – “Golden”

    Indeed! It’s been all over the papers down here.

  5. joanne at frutto della passione
    01.09.2009

    I wonder if he’s getting any requests for *raccomandazioni* yet 😉

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..Frutto della Passione

    Hah, I’m sure he’s been getting plenty of them throughout his career 😉

  6. 01.09.2009

    I love hearing that thick Calabrian dialect Michelle! and la tarantella… how can you not get up and start dancing?! You should hear my parents speak…. Calabrese through and through!

    Hah, I believe you Joe…Calabrese is definitely unique 😉

  7. 01.09.2009

    Michelle – Love your title! Really got my attention 🙂 Happy to hear we have un paisano on the team!

    Thanks Maria…this was a fun post to write 🙂

  8. Mary
    01.09.2009

    La tarantella video is so cute! I love it! My mom will be so happy to hear about Panetta. Thanks for spreading the good news of Calabria!

    Glad you enjoyed Mary! Spread the news!

  9. 01.09.2009

    Add that to a couple of Supreme Court justices with Italian roots. Not to shabby.

    Gennaro’s last blog post..Painted Monasteries Of Romania

    Indeed! Lots of paesani in high places in the US…just not very many that speak Calabrese, I don’t think 😉

  10. Connie Costa
    01.09.2009

    Do you happen to know if his parent’s restaurant is still in existence and what it’s called? I just went to Carmel/Monterey area not too long ago.

    I just found this interview, in which Panetta says his parents sold the restaurant long ago.

  11. 01.09.2009

    I needed that tarantella just about now! Pulled me out of my need for a siesta. Thank you for sharing that, Michelle.

    Jennifer

    JenniferRafferty’s last blog post..Gluten-Free Restaurant Review: The Elephant Walk

    A little tarantella is bound to wake up anyone 😉

  12. 01.09.2009

    That was fun!

    Foodista’s last blog post..New Year’s Day Southern Style

    Glad you enjoyed!

  13. 01.10.2009

    I AM SO HAPPY YOU STOPPED BY MY BLOG AND GOT A KICK OUT OF THE AMERICANS IN THE PHOTO! YOU ARE LIKE A MOVIE STAR IN BLOG WORLD FOR THE ITALIAN/AMERICANS. STOP BY AGAIN SOON! LOVE YOUR SITE! RITA

    Hah, that’s hilarious Rita…I had no idea! I’m glad you enjoy my site; yours is a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be back around 🙂

  14. 01.10.2009

    Evviva Panetta! That’s great!

    I can’t help but mentioning…not that I’m bragging or anything…but the Tarantella did originate over here in Apulia, you know? In Galatina, to be precise, but no matter, your Calabrese version is just as lively and fun! ;-)))

    saretta’s last blog post..Mystery Photo no. 4

    W la tarantella!!!! 🙂

  15. 01.11.2009

    Wow I know lots of Panetta’s here in Oz, they must be every where 😉

    Vee’s last blog post..Supporting our Stirrup Queen

    Yes, and we know where they’re from 😉

  16. a.
    01.11.2009

    I hate to rain on the parade, but… I’m the only one who finds Obama’s pick of someone tied to the Clinton administration a bit disheartening considering his platform of “change”?

    Oh well, at least he’s calabrese! W i terroni!!! 😛

    I don’t think Obama can really “win” on this one…if he picks people who haven’t served in administrations then people complain that no one has experience….

    Anyway, I personally have no problem with Clinton administration picks as I rather enjoyed those eight years 😉

  17. Frank:)))
    01.13.2009

    YOUR ABILITY TO FIND ANY LITTLE SOMETHING TO ADD FLOWERS TO YOUR BLOGS,IS A REFLECTION OF THE GREAT LADY THAT YOU ARE.
    i DID ENJOY THE tARANTELLA,EVEN IF THE YOUNG LADIES SKIRTS WEREN,T FLYING AROUND HIGH THE WAY THEY DO NOW.iT,S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE SOME NUDE PARTS THAT
    PRODUCE,INEVITABLY, SOME FRENESY EVEN IN THE OLD MEN.

    Hah, too funny Frank…there are other videos on YouTube with more live dancing, but I can’t guarantee any skin 😉

  18. wunschdenker
    01.29.2009

    A good friend of mine – Doug Criscitello, fellow Italian-American, used to be the CFO of the SBA in DC (love governmental abbreviations, don’t you?!) and worked closely/met often with Leon P. Heard he was an upright guy. One thing though, when do you think he’ll stop using Grecian Formula and go for the natural look? 😉 70 and no grays? Come on Leon!

    Cool…and I’d definitely be willing to donate some grays if he wants to look more mature 😉

  19. wunschdenker
    01.29.2009

    Woops…sorry, it was when my friend was the CFO of the OMB, which Penetta was the Director of in ’93.

    Noted. I think you just wanted to use more initials….

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