Barack Obama met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. He asked her, “Chancellor, how do you run such a tight ship around here? Are there… any tips you can give to me?”
”Well,” said Merkel, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.” Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?”
The Chancellor said, “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.” She pushed a button on her intercom. “Please … send in Vice Chancellor Philipp Roesler, would you?”
Mr. Roesler walked into the room and said, “Yes, Ma’am?” Merkel smiled and said, “Answer me this please, Philipp. 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, the Vice Chancellor answered, “That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good,” said the Chancellor.
Obama went back home and ask Vice President Joe Biden 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,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one…” He went to his advisors and asked every one, but none could give him an answer.
Finally, he ran into Herman Cain eating out one night. Biden asked, “Herman, 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?”
Immediately Cain answered back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”
Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Obama. “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Herman Cain!”
Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s Philipp Roesler!”