Uncomfortably Close to the Truth

I told my son, “You will marry the girl I choose.” He said, “No way!” I told him, “She is Bill Gates’ daughter.” He said, “In that case, OK.”
Then I called Bill Gates and said, “I want your daughter to marry my son.” Bill Gates said, “No way!” I told Bill, “My son is the CEO of the World Bank.” Bill said, “In that case, OK.”
Then I called the Chairman of the World Bank: “You need to make my son the CEO of the Bank.” He said, “No way!” I said, “But my son is Bill Gates’ son-in-law.” And he said, “In that case, OK.”
And this is how Politics works.

I didn’t say how it should work, just how it does work. And really: can you argue that this hasn’t been done repeatedly?


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