As President Clinton was walking along the shores of the Potomac river one day, his foot tripped on a partially buried bottle. Picking it up, Bill rubbed it to expose the label. Suddenly a cloud poured from the bottle and a huge genie appeared.
"Thank you, oh thank you for saving me from the prison I've been in. I've been in there for hundreds, yes, hundreds of years. As an expression of my overwhelming gratitude I will grant you one wish."
Mr. Clinton, being a statesman and former world leader, knew exactly what to ask for. "Peace in the Mideast!" he quickly replied.
The genie seemed a little confused. "Mideast ... Mideast ... I can't seem to remember... can you help me out a little?
The former President quickly sent his secret service agents to get a world map and have it brought over to the genie and he carefully points out the affected area of the globe, recounting briefly the long-standing geopolitical instability of the area.
The genie's eyes widen and he says "Oh, yeah. Now I remember. The Mideast! Whew. That's a tough one. You know, they've been fighting over there quite literally for millennia. I hate to admit it, but I think that's more than I can handle. I'm sorry Mr. Clinton. Can you wish for something else?"
Clinton, obviously crestfallen at such a missed opportunity, can think of only one other wish and says: "Could you make the American people like my wife?"
The genie pauses, grimaces, then says, "Let me see that map again."