Barak Obama meets with
the Queen of England. He asks her, "Your
Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?
Are there any tips you can give to me?"

"Well," says the Queen, "the
most important thing is to surround yourself with
intelligent people."

Obama frowns, "But how do I know the
people around me are really intelligent?"

The Queen takes a sip of tea. "Oh,
that's easy. You just ask them to answer an
intelligent riddle."

The Queen pushes a button on her intercom.
"Please send Tony Blair in here, would

Tony Blair walks into the room. "Yes, my

The Queen smiles. "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
answers, "That would be me."

"Yes! Very good," says the Queen.

Obama goes back home to ask Joe Biden, his vice
president, 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," says Biden. "Let
me get back to you on that one.." He goes to his
advisors and asks every one, but none can give him an

Finally, he ends up in the men's room and recognizes
Colin Powell's shoes in the next stall.

Biden asks 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 yells back, "That's easy.
It's me!"

Biden smiles, and says, "Thanks!" Then, he
goes back to speak with Obama.

"Say, I did some research and I have the answer
to that riddle. It's Colin Powell."

Obama gets up, stomps over to Biden, and
angrily yells into his face, "No, you idiot! It's
Tony Blair!"