Friday, November 9, 2012

Queen's Riddle

Barack Obama met with the Queen of England.

He asked her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?"

"Well," said the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."

Obama frowned, and then asked, "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"

The Queen took a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle." The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. "Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?"

Tony Blair walked into the room and said, "Yes, my Queen?"

The Queen smiled and said, "Answer me this please, Tony, your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, "That would be me."

"Yes! Very good," said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden, his vice presidential choice the same question. "Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"

"I'm not sure," said Biden. "Let me get back to you on that one.." He went to his advisors and asked every one, but none could give him an answer. Finally, he ended up in the men's room and recognized Colin Powell's shoes in the next stall.

Biden asked Powell, "Colin, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Colin Powell yelled back, "That's easy, it's me!"

Biden smiled, and said, "Thanks!" Then, he went back to speak with Obama. "Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It is Colin Powell!"

Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, "No! You idiot! It's Tony Blair!"

And that is what's wrong with our government. 


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American Revolution
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Civil War
Burnside assumes command of the Union Army of the Potomac, 1862
Cold War
East Germany opens the Berlin Wall, 1989
A Sunday school teacher murders his family and goes undercover for 18 years, 1971
Fire rips through Boston, 1872
General Interest
Roosevelt travels to Panama, 1906
Nazis suppressed in Munich, 1923
Sartre renounces communists, 1956
The Great Northeast Blackout, 1965
Kodak Theatre, new home of Oscars, opens, 2001
Best-selling Millennium trilogy author Stieg Larsson dies at 50, 2004
Willie Nelson's assets are seized by the IRS, 1990
Old West
Followers of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse identified as hostile, 1875
Teddy Roosevelt establishes a naval base in the Philippines, 1901
Army and Notre Dame fight to a draw, 1946
Vietnam War
Antiwar protestor sets himself afire, 1965
Captain Lance Sijan shot down over North Vietnam, 1967
Supreme Court refuses to rule on legality of Vietnam War, 1970
World War I
Australian warship Sydney sinks German Emden , 1914
World War II
"The Night of Broken Glass", 1938

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