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Presidents and Their Mothers

The Puzzler


RAY: Ha! We're back. You're listening to Car Talk with us, Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, and we're here to discuss cars, car repair and the new Puzzler. Now, last week's Puzzler was automotive in nature, and it was rather lengthy.

TOM: Yes, it was.

RAY: So, I thought that this week's Puzzler should be nonautomotive in nature.

TOM: And more lengthy.

RAY: No. And short and sweet.

TOM: Yeah. OK.

RAY: I will try to make this as...

TOM: So, it's nonautomotive, and it's short and sweet. And it might be pathetic. We don't know that.

RAY: Oh, I don't think there's any "might" about it.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Here it is. Which of the following presidents'...

TOM: Oh!

RAY: Mothers, by her own admission...

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Would tell you that she did not vote for her son when he ran for the presidency of the United States? You ready?

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: I'm going to give you the names of three presidents.

TOM: I'm going to write them down. Just three?

RAY: Four?

TOM: I got a one-in-three chance of getting it right?

RAY: Which is...

TOM: I could be the moron that I am?

RAY: You could be a millionaire!

TOM: I could be the moron that I am and have a one-in-three chance of winning this prize?

RAY: Yeah.

TOM: I love it!

RAY: You ready?

TOM: Yeah. It's almost as easy as passing the Massachusetts driver's test.

RAY: Number one, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

TOM: JFK.

RAY: Number two...

TOM: His mother's name is Rose.

RAY: William Jefferson Clinton.

TOM: His mother's name is Rose also.

RAY: Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

TOM: Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

RAY: That's it.

TOM: Rose. I know her name is...first name's Rose, because they all have the first name Rose. That's a coincidence, isn't it? I don't want to obfuscate.

RAY: Should I give a hint?

TOM: No. Why?

RAY: No?

TOM: No. No.

RAY: Well, I was just going to...I was merely going to give a hint...

TOM: Which one of these guys...

RAY: That my teenage son, who is a brilliant student, didn't get it.

TOM: Oh! No kidding?

RAY: Yeah.

TOM: And he is brilliant.

RAY: Brilliant.

TOM: We know that.

RAY: Well, yeah. He's like his mother.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Duh!

TOM: You didn't have to say; that went without saying. Okay. That's it. Now, what if someone thought he or she knew the answer to this Puzzler?

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