Stolen unabashedly from Adam
While visiting England, George W. Bush was invited to tea with the Queen. Given his political problems, he decides to take advantage of her years of leadership experience and asks her for advice. She responds that she surrounds herself with the most intelligent people she can find and lets them do their jobs.
Intrigued with this novel theory, Bush asks her how she is able to tell if people are intelligent. "I do so by asking them a test question" says the Queen. "Let me demonstrate." The Queen then dials 10 Downing Street and asks to speak to Tony Blair. "Mr. Prime Minister, please answer a hypothetical question for me". "I'll do my best, Your Majesty" responds Blair. "Your mother has a child and your father has a child" says the Queen. "The child is not your brother or your sister. Who is the child?"
Tony Blair hesitates momentarily and then confidently replies, "Well, Your Majesty, I guess it would be me." "Correct" says the Queen. "Thank you and good day to you."
The Queen hangs up and says "Did you hear that Mr. Bush? See how clever he is." Impressed, Bush replies "I certainly did. I'll definitely be using that one when I conduct my next Cabinet shuffle back in the US."
Upon returning to Washington, Bush decides he'd better put some of his senior Cabinet Members to the test. He summons Dick Cheney to his office and says, "Dick, I wonder if you could answer a question for me?" "Why of course Sir" Cheney responds unenthusiastically, annoyed that the President was again seeking his input on something. "Well, uh, let's say your mother has a child and your father too has a child. This child is not your brother and also is not your sister. Who is it?"
Somewhat surprised at this odd question, Cheney hums and haws and finally asks if he can have some time to think about it. "Certainly" responds Bush. Cheney immediately calls a meeting of other senior Republicans and they puzzle over the question for several hours. Totally baffled, they decide to conduct some research and contact a loyal Washington consulting firm. A budget of ¤10 million is provided and intensive research is carried out over the next two weeks. Unfortunately, the consultants are unable to come up with an answer.
Desperate to prove that he is smarter than George, Cheney decides to take a chance and calls Al Gore. "I realize you are just a Tennessee redneck and are not all that wise in the ways of the world, but maybe you can help me out with a problem I have."
Gore is naturally sceptical about Republican promises, but in the spirit of political co-operation he agrees to do what he can to help. "O.K., here goes" says Cheney. "Your mother has a child and your father has a child. The child is not your brother or your sister. Who is the child?" Without hesitating, Gore responds "It would be me, of course".
Impressed at the his reply, Cheney brushes him off and rushes to the President's office where he is watching football and eating snack foods under the watchful eye of the Secret Service on the lookout for choking. " I know the answer, Sir! I know who the child is!!" Bush, who was privately a bit concerned at the delay in hearing back from Cheney, is delighted (when he finally remembers what it was he asked). "Who is it Dick?" he asks.
With obvious pride, Cheney replies "It's Al Gore, George - its Al Gore!!"
Stunned, Bush shouts in disgust, "Wrong you idiot - it's Tony Blair!!"