Nation: Duck!

One man's Mede is another man's Persian, as George S. Kaufman once remarked, and as Ronald Reagan discovered last week. Within a day after telling what his wife Nancy called "the ethnic joke to end all ethnic jokes," Reagan found himself forced to apologize to anyone who might have taken offense. Reagan's joke: "How do you tell the Polish one at a cockfight?" "He's the one with the duck." "How do you tell the Italian?" "He bet on the duck." "How do you know the Mafia is there?" "The duck wins."

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