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The Riddle of Riddles...

On his trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting
with Queen Elizabeth. He asked her how one could manage to run a
country so smoothly.

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

"But how can I tell whether they are intelligent or not?" he inquired.

"You ask them a riddle," she replied. And with that she pressed a button
and asked that Tony Blair be sent in."

When Blair arrived, the Queen said,
"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?

Blair replied, "That's easy. The child was me."
"Very good," said the Queen, "You may go, now."

President Bush went back to Washington and called in his chief of staff,
Karl Rove.

"I have a riddle for you," he said to Rove, "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 replied, "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," said Bush, "I'll give you four hours to come up with the answer.
Rove went and called a meeting of the White House Staff, and asked them the riddle.
But after much discussion and many suggestions, none of them had a
satisfactory answer. So he was quite upset, not knowing what he would
tell the President.

As Rove was walking back to the Oval Office, he saw former Secretary of
State, Colin Powell approaching him.

He said, "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," said Powell, "The child was me."

"Oh thank you," said Rove, "You may just have saved me my job!"

Rove went in to the Oval Office and said to President Bush, "I think I
know the answer to your riddle. The child was Colin Powell!"

"No, you idiot!" shouted Bush, "The child was Tony Blair!"

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