President Obama and the Canadian PM are shown a time machine which can see 50 years into the future. They both decide to test it by asking a question each.President Obama goes first: “What will the USA be like in 50 years’ time?”
The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action and gives him a printout, he reads it out: “The country is in good hands under the new president, José Fernandez…. crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. Vice President Jin Tao has declared Chinese language mandatory in all US schools. There are no worries.”
The Canadian PM thinks, “It’s not bad, this time machine, I’ll have a bit of that” so he asks: “What will Canada be like in 50 years’ time?”
The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout. But he just stares at it.
“Come on, David,” says Obama, “Tell us what it says.”