V.P. ABHIRR relays an internet joke from New Delhi: On his trip to Great Britain, George W. Bush has a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. He asks her, "How does one manage to run a country so smoothly?"
"That`s easy," she replies, "You surround yourself with intelligent ministers and advisors."
"But how can I tell whether they are intelligent or not?" asks Bush.
"You ask them a riddle," she replies. She then presses a button and says, "Would you please send Tony Blair in."
When Blair arrives, the Queen says, "I have a riddle for you to answer for me. Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was this child ?"
"That's easy. The child was me," says Blair.
"Very good," says the Queen, "You may go now."
So, President Bush goes back to Washington and calls in his chief of staff, Karl Rove. "Karl, I have a riddle for you, and the answer is very important. Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was this child?"
Rove replies, "Yes, it is clearly very important that we determine the answer, as no child must be left behind. Can I deliberate on this for a while?"
"Yes," says Bush, "I'll give you four hours to come up with the answer."
So Rove leaves and calls a meeting of the White House Staff, and asks them the riddle. But after much discussion and many suggestions, none of them has a satisfactory answer.
Rove is quite upset, not knowing what he would tell
the President. As he is walking back to the Oval Office, he sees former Secretary of State Colin Powell approaching him.
"Mr. Secretary, can you answer this riddle for me? Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was the child?"
"That's easy," says Powell, "The child was me."
"Oh, thank you," replie Rove, "You may just have saved me my job!"
So Rove goes into the Oval Office and tells President Bush, "I think I know the answer to your riddle. The child was Colin Powell!"
"No, you idiot!" shouts Bush, "The child was Tony Blair!!"