While being entertained at a state dinner put on by Her Majesty GW Bush asked her what her philosophy of governing was. She replied that she surrounds herself with intelligent people and delegates. W asked, well what do you mean? She then turned to the Prime Minister and asked him the question: "If the brother of your sister is not your brother, who is he?", to which he responded, "Why, it's me of course." Intrigued by this, as soon as W returned to DC, he assembled most of his cabinet and proposed the same question: "If the brother of your sister is not your brother, who is he?" No one seemed to have the answer but agreed that a full government investigation was in order. Ashcroft dispatched FBI agents to query government officials. A week later they reported that they had the answer, that when asked the question, Colin Powell said "It's me." Ashcroft immediately went to the White House and told W, "Mr. President, it's Colin Powell!" W said, "No it's not you moron, it's Tony Blair!"
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - Ernst F. Schumacher
Seems her royal majesty asked this question before to that good ol' President so dear to her Oxford heart, Bill Clinton. Queen: Oh, Mr. Clinton! Our Oxford own, what a pleasure to have your intelligence here!! She asks the question... He answered, "The pleasure is all mine, your honor, and let me add what a very intelligent question indeed, your most royal and venerable majesty. Obviously, it all depends on how one defines the meaning of the word 'is'.
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
Bush brought his own food taster on his recent State visit.And a supply of Texan beef burgers. He also insisted on installing a running machine which took 8 men to carry up several floors. I secretly suspect that they do have lifts installed in the Palace. The most difficult guest migh thave been a Middle Eastern Ruler whose personal chef lit a fire under cooking pots in the Belgian suite leaving a nasty hole in the carpet. John F Kennedy raised eyebrows with risque small talk. He remarked to Harold Macmillan, then PM. "I don't know if it's the same with you, Harold. But I don't get sex every 24 hours these days. I get these godamm headaches." One more to add to the list of JFK quotes A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. [ January 03, 2004: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]