Clinton visits Saddam Hussein to talk about the UNSCOM inspections in
Iraq. As he sits down he sees three buttons in the armrest of Saddam's
chair. When Saddam sits down, Clinton immediately asks, "Why the
three buttons in your armrest?"
"You'll see," says Saddam.
After 10 minutes Saddam presses the first button, and WHACK a boxing
glove hits Clinton in the face. Clinton grabs his nose, while Saddam
just laughs. Clinton manages to remain calm until, after another 10
minutes, Saddam presses the second button, and another boxing glove hits
Clinton in the stomach. While Clinton is gasping for air, Saddam falls
out of his chair from laughing.
Clinton is highly annoyed by now, but
remains outwardly calm. After another 5 minutes, Saddam presses the
third button, and from under the table another boxing glove hits
Clinton, this time right in the crotch. Clinton is really fed up by it
now and breaks off the talks.
"We'll continue this next week in
the White House," says the President.
Saddam, has tears in his eyes from
laughing, and can only nod in agreement.
As agreed, Clinton receives Saddam in
the Oval Office a week later, and as Saddam sits down, he sees three
buttons in the armrest of Clinton's chair. As the meeting goes on,
Saddam sees Clinton press the first button and immediately ducks, but
nothing happens. This doesn't stop Clinton from laughing ... really
Clinton continues where he left off,
and after a few minutes presses the second button. Saddam again reacts
instinctively, and jumps up to avoid whatever is coming. Again
absolutely nothing happens, and this time it's Clinton who falls out of
his chair from laughing.
Saddam is totally bewildered, and
wonders what the hell is happening. But no harm has come to him, so he
retakes his seat and the talks continue.
After a few more minutes, Clinton
presses the third button. This time, Saddam doesn't even flinch, but
stays in his chair as though nothing unusual is taking place. Clinton,
however, is rolling on the floor, doubled up from laughter.
Saddam is not only bewildered-now he
is angry. He springs to his feet and shouts, "I've had enough of
this, I'm going back to Baghdad!"
Through tears of laughter, Clinton
says, "Baghdad? .... what Baghdad?"