By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 26, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili meets today with Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's nominee for vice president. And, they're meeting this morning at The Pfister Hotel!

Remember when Helmut Kohl came to Milwaukee with Bill Clinton?

That's what this reminds me of, even if Saakashvili doesn't have the same international stature as Kohl and Georgia isn't quite as influential as the largest country in Western Europe.

There have been famous world summits in all sorts of places, and although this is certainly not a major meeting, it still feels kind of exciting to think it's happening right here.

The bomb sniffing dogs were out, along with the Secret Service and probably security from Georgia, too. Perhaps the only person obviously missing is Republican Party vice presidental candidate Sarah Palin. Too bad; her expertise in Russian affairs might have proved helpful.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.