While visiting England, George Bush is invited to tea with the Queen.
asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to
herself with intelligent people.
He asks how she knows if they're intelligent. "I do so by asking them
right questions," says the Queen. "Allow me to demonstrate."
She phones Tony Blair and says, "Mr. Prime Minister. Please answer this
Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is
your brother or sister. Who is it?"
Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."
"Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up
says, "Did you get that, Mr. Bush?"
"Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that!"
Upon returning to Washington, he decides he'd better put the Chairman
Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the test. He summons Jesse Helms
the White House and says, "Senator Helms, I wonder if you can answer a
question for me."
"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?" "Uhh, your mother has a
and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your
sister. Who is it?"
Helms hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get
you?" Bush agrees, and Helms leaves.
Helms immediately calls a meeting of other senior Republican senators,
they puzzle over the question for several hours, but nobody can come up
an answer. Finally, in desperation, Helms calls Colin Powell at the
Department and explains his problem.
"Now lookee here, son, your mother has a child, and your father has a
and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?" Powell
answers immediately, "It's me, of course, you dumb cracker."
Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House and exclaims, "I
the answer, sir! I know who it is! It's Colin Powell!"
And Bush replies in disgust, "Wrong, it's Tony Blair."