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While his minions gathered around him to bid him Addio, his beloved Tessio, Umberto Bossi, would betray him in the end. Sollozzo, aka Roberto Formigoni, showed his loyalty by flipping off the crowd as he entered the Don's residence. His delfin, his Sonny boy, the highly disagreeable and unfathomably homely Alfano (now party head) was angling for position, but, like Sonny, no one took that too seriously.
But in the end, Letta, understanding that it might be his head next, demurred and Italy's President gave Silvio a condition of his own: In the final scene, we have the Don, as he nods his approval agreeing at last that he would not return on the ballot box. As he leaves to go back to his palazzo, seeing his likely future perhaps even behind bars, he utters one final departing monition:
"We can pull the plug on Monti*, anytime we want."
* Economist Mario Monti, head of Milan's University of Bocconi and a Technocrat who will most likely head a provisional government.
As for Monti, formerly with Goldman Sachs along with his buddy Draghi now at the European Central Bank, who remarked how beautifully this gorgeously sunny Roman day was starting (he's from Milan, after all), a comedian had this to consider:
So, let me get this straight: These banks fail, leaving the State to bail them out. Once back in business, they leave the States to fail, who then turn around and make these same bankers head of those very same States.
And in a plot twist worthy of Mario Puzo, the curtain closes on Italy.