COLOMBIA: Prosperous President

On a visit to a ranch, Colombia's cattle-raising President Gustavo Rojas Pinilla enthusiastically admired his host's prize bulls, offered to buy one. "Your Excellency," said the rancher, "I cannot accept money from the President. I will give you a bull as a gift." Replied Rojas, squaring his shoulders: "As President, I cannot accept a gift."

Rancher: Well then, Mr. President, I will sell you a bull—for one peso.

Rojas (handing him a bill): Here's 5 pesos.

Rancher: Mr. President, I have no change with me.

Rojas: That's all right. Just give me four more bulls.

Colombians tell this joke, and several variations of...

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