You have to love George W's sense of humour. He may be the leader of the free world, but deep down all he ever really wanted was to do stand-up. Being President was his Daddy's idea. Get George in his private moments, and you'll hear him saying things like
"What's up with the Iraqi mustaches? Are they all trying out for roles in The New Village People?"
"What do Saddam Hussein and Ms Muffet have in common? They both hate kurd."
This pent up demand to get the laughs was made evident today when it was explained that the leaked five-page transcript of an April 2004 conversation between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair revealing that Blair talked Bush out of launching a military strike on the alJazeera TV station - was just a joke!
Abd al-Bari Atwan, chief editor of the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, OBVIOUSLY has no sense of humour. He said: "... considering use force against a media station is the worst kind of media terrorism practised by a country which pretends to lead the free world, democratic values and media freedom." '
Come on Abd! Don't you get it?! It was for yucks!
However, the Blair government doesn't see if completely hilarious. According to the BBC:
The UK has warned the media not to publish a document said to record the threat - which some correspondents say may have been intended as a joke.
Editors have been told they could be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act if they break the ban and publish the leaked document.