President George W. Bush goes to Washington for a meeting with Bill Clinton. After dinner, Bill says, "Well, Bush, I don't know what you think of the members of your Cabinet, but mine were all brilliant."
"How could you tell?" asks Bush.
"It's simple," says Bill. "They all had to take special tests before they could become a cabinet member. Wait a second, I'll show you." He calls Madeleine Albright over and says, "Tell me, Madeleine, who is the child of your father and mother who is not your brother and not your sister?"
"Ah, that's simple, Mr. President," says Madeleine, "It's me!"
"Well done, Madeleine," says Clinton, and Bush is very impressed.
Upon returning to the White House, Bush wonders about the intelligence of the members of his own cabinet, so he calls in Rumsfeld and says, "Rumsfeld, tell me, who is the child of your father and mother who is not your brother and not your sister?"
Rumsfeld thinks and thinks but doesn't know the answer. "Can I think about it a bit further, Mr. President? May I let you know tomorrow?"
"Of course," says Bush, "You've got twenty-four hours." So Rumsfeld goes away, thinks as hard as he can, calls in the Cabinet Secretary, Chief Secretaries and Joint Secretaries, but no one knows the answer.
Twenty hours later, Rumsfeld is very worried, so he calls Powell. "Colin," he says, "Tell me, who is the child of your father and mother who is not your brother and not your sister?"
"Very simple," says Colin Powell, "It's me!"
"Of course," says Rumsfeld, and he rings Bush. "Mr. President," Rumsfeld says proudly, "I've got the answer: It's Colin Powell."
"No, you idiot," says Bush, "It's Madeleine Albright!"
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