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
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.