07 April, 2009

80% agreement is not enough

My wife sent me this joke via email.

During a visit to a foreign county, the Pope met with its President.

Instead of just an hour as scheduled, the meeting went on for two days.

Finally, a weary President emerged to face the waiting news media. The President was smiling and announced the summit was a resounding success. He said he and the Pope agreed on 80% of the matters they discussed.

A few minutes later, the Pope came out to make his statement. He looked tired and discouraged; he was practically in tears. Sadly he announced his meeting with the President was a failure.

Incredulous, one reporter asked, "But your Holiness, the President just announced the summit was a great success and the two of you agreed on 80% of the items discussed?.

Exasperated, the Pope answered, "Yes, but we were talking about the Ten Commandments."

One wonders about the 20% disagreement…

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