was the first day of school and a new student, the son of
a Japanese businessman, Toshiba, entered the fourth grade.
The teacher greeted the class and said, "Let's begin
by reviewing some American history." Who said "Give
me Liberty,or give me death?"
She saw only a sea of blank faces, except for that of Toshiba,
who had his hand up. "Patrick Henry, 1775," said
"Now," said the teacher, "who said 'Government
of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish
from the earth?"
Again, no response except from Toshiba: "Abraham Lincoln,
The teacher snapped at the class, "You should be ashamed.
Toshiba, who is new to our country, knows more about it
than you do."
As she turned to write something on the blackboard, she
heard a loud whisper: "Damned Japanese."
"Who said that?" she demanded.
Toshiba put his hand up. "Lee Iacocca, 1982,"
At that point, feeling completely disgusted by Toshiba's
classroom superiority, a student in the back sighed, "I'm
gonna throw up."
Teacher says "Who said that?".
Again, Toshiba raises his hand and says "George Bush
to Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."
Now furious, another student yells, "Oh yeah? Well,
Once again, it's Toshiba with the answer, "Bill Clinton,
to Monica Lewinsky, 1997."