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