Air Force One arrives at Heathrow and President Bush strides to a warm and dignified reception from the Queen. They are driven in a 1934 Bentley to the edge of central London where they change to a magnificent 17th century carriage hitched to six white horses. They continue on towards Buckingham Palace waving to the thousands ofÂ cheering Britons; all is going well.
Suddenly the right rear horse lets fly with the most horrendous earth-shattering fart ever heard in theÂ British Empire . The smell is atrocious!Â Both passengers in the carriage must use handkerchiefs over their noses.Â The fart shakes the coach but the two dignitaries of state do their best to ignore the
The Queen turns to President Bush, “Mr. President, please accept my regrets.Â I am sure you understand there are some things that even a queen cannot control.”
George Bush, always trying to be presidential, replied, “Y our Majesty, do not give the matter another thought.Â Until you mentioned it, I thought it was one of the horses.”