If you want to know how intelligent the people are who are running the USA, just look for feedback on how they travel.
A Travel Agent in Washington DC who arranged a lot of flights for politicians over the years had this to report:
I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat, so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up during the flight.
I got a call from a canidate’s staffer, who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information. Then she interrupted me with, “I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts.
Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, “Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Cape Town is in Africa”.
Her response: (Click).
A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did.
I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room.
I tried to explain that that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.
He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state!”
I got a call from a Lawmakers wife who asked, “Is it possible to see England from Canada?”
I said, “No.”
She said, “But, they look so close on the map!”
An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20 a.m. and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.
I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones.
Finally, I told her the plane went very fast.
She bought that!
A New York Lawmaker called and asked, “Do airlines normally put your physical description on your bag, so they know whose luggage belongs to whom!”
I said, “No, why do you ask?”
She replied, “Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said ‘FAT’, and I’m overweight. I think that is very rude!”
After putting her on hold for a minute while I “looked into it” (I was actually laughing), I came back and explained that the city code for Fresno, California is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination code on her luggage.
A Senator’s aide called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?”
I just got off the phone with a junior Congressman who asked, “How do I know which plane to get on?”
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, “I was told my flight No. is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them.”
A lady Senator called and said, “I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?”
I asked if she meant Pensacola, Florida on a commuter plane.
She said, “Yeah, whatever!”
Now you know why Government is in the shape it is!
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