Thursday, February 10, 2005

Equal opportunity humor

Posted by Craig Westover | 7:31 AM |  

Confidence in one's beliefs means that one is secure enough to appreciate a good joke at one's expense (if anyone knows that, it's "Captain Fishsticks"). There's just enough truth in today's Borowitz Report that it's pretty funny.

Most Direct Route, President Says

Under pressure to detail an exit strategy for Iraq, President George W. Bush said at a White House briefing today that he would not designate an exact timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops but added, "The fastest way to bring the troops home would be through Iran."

After reporters audibly gasped, the president explained that bringing the troops home through Iran would be "the most direct route" and produced driving directions from Mapquest to back up his claim.

But less than an hour after his remarks, Iranian president Mohammed Khatami blasted Mr. Bush's exit strategy, arguing that bringing U.S. troops home through Iran was far from the most direct route, and was, in fact, going totally in the wrong direction.

Using a map of the world and a magic marker, President Khatami showed that by traveling east rather than west, U.S. troops would have to circumnavigate the globe in order to reach their final destination.

In response, Mr. Bush acknowledged that it would be a long journey, but added, "If necessary, we'll stop in North Korea."

On a related subject, Mr. Bush said that the vote-counting in Iraq's historic presidential elections was not yet complete but that it looked like the winner would be actor Jamie Foxx, for his performance in "Ray."

"He's won everything else so far," Mr. Bush said.

Elsewhere, McDonald's said it would follow up its successful promotion involving a French fry that looks like Abraham Lincoln by creating a Supersize vanilla shake that looks like Dick Cheney.