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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tony Blair or Barack Obama?

On a trip to Great Britain while he was President of the United States, Bill Clinton had a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. During that meeting he asked her, "How does one manage to run a country so smoothly?"

"That's easy," the Queen replied, "You surround yourself with intelligent ministers and advisors."

"But how can I tell whether or not they are intelligent?" asked Bill.

"You ask them a riddle," the queen replied, then pressed a button and asked the attendant

"Please have Mr. Tony Blair come in." When Blair arrived, the Queen said, "I have a riddle for you. Your parents had a child and it was not your sister and it was not your brother. Who was this child?"

Blair replied, "That's easy. The child was me."

"Very good," said the Queen. "You may go now, and thank you."

Evaluating his wife's chances for the success of her presidential bid, and thinking back on his meeting with the queen, Bill Clinton spoke to Hillary. "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 that child ?"

Hillary blinked, then replied, "Yes, it is clearly very important that we determine the answer. Can I deliberate on it for awhile?"

"Yes," said Bill, "I'll give you four hours to come up with your answer."

So Hillary called a meeting of her campaign team, and from top to bottom asked them to solve the riddle. However, after much discussion and many suggestions, none of them had a satisfactory answer. Hillary was quite upset, not knowing what she would tell her husband, the former President. As she was leaving the meeting, she ran into the most formidable challenger to her presidential nomination, Mr. Barack Obama.

So she said, "Mr. Obama, 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 seems pretty easy," said Obama, "I think the child would be me."

"Oh, thank you!" said Hillary. "You just may have ensured my nomination for the Democratic Party's candidate for the Presidency of the United States!"

So Hillary went back to Bill and said, "I think I know the answer to your riddle. The child was Barack Obama!"

"What the?...no, you dummy!" shouted Bill. "The child was Tony Blair..."

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