16 Jan '13, 9pm

The best part of the transcript from Panetta's press roundtable in Rome? The way he begins: "First of all, buonasera."

Press Roundtable with Secretary Panetta in Rome, Italy SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON E. PANETTA: Everybody ready? Okay. First of all, buonasera. Good evening to everyone. I want to thank you for coming tonight. Most of you, I believe, have heard the statement that I gave today at the Ministry of Defense, so I'll be very brief before moving on to your questions. I guess I'll just note for you that any time I come to Italy, it's a very special occasion for me, as the son of Italian immigrants. I think the first time I came to Italy with my parents -- as I said, both of whom were immigrants who came in the '30s and then decided in the '50s that it was time to go back to Calabria and visit the home. And I had a chance to do it. My grandfather actually came out in 1938 to visit my mother in Monterey. And because the war broke out, as an Italian, he was not able to come back to Ital...

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