Cool Gift: Qadhafi Gives Boehner Shades

On his trip to the Middle East, Libyan Leader Qadhafi gives the House minority leader his sunglasses.

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We heard earlier this week that House Minority Leader John Boehner had a very cool story about Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi, but we didn’t know it was this good. See, he just returned from a meeting with America’s newest Middle East pal. He reported that they both talked bluntly about world affairs and all that stuff, and then he told the story. Like other visitors before him, the blue-eyed Boehner said that the trip to meet Qadhafi was a weird mess of being redirected while in the air then told to change directions as his car eventually made its way to the leader’s tent in the middle of a desert. "We just head south and south and south," he said of the long ride. "We’re not driving on a path or a road. We’re driving on raw desert." After he finally reached the tent, he went inside and found it furnished with nice rugs and white stackable chairs. "Real fancy," he sneered. In came Qadhafi. "We have a very frank conversation," Boehner reports. "We were having a good meeting, and he called one of his guys over. The guy ran off. He came back a few minutes later, and he has this glasses case. Qadhafi, he’s got his [sun] glasses on the whole time during the meeting. He takes his sunglasses off, and he’s cleaning them. He comes over to me, and he says, 'Desert not kind to blue eyes.' So I put his sunglasses on!"

At the end of the meeting, Boehner tried to turn them back, but Qadhafi said, "No, no, no. You keep them." So he did but added, "They’re nice glasses, but they don’t fit."