The aristocratic foreigner was sneering at the American democratic government. “It must be frightfully unpleasant to be governed by people that you wouldn’t care to invite to dinner,” he observed scornfully.
“Oh, I don’t know,” retorted the American bluntly. “I don’t see that it’s any worse than being governed by people who wouldn’t invite you to dinner.”
From Esar’s Joke Dictionary by Evan Esar (1945)
What a find this
crappy old book was! It really is arranged as a dictionary– in A-B-C order as we country mice would describe.
The joke does make me wonder– from all of the bazillions of government quote unquote (as Missy likes to say) representatives of me, who would I care to invite to dinner?
Yeah… . This joke isn’t all that funny, afterall.