First time I have read this joke or real life joke it made me laugh but then little after it made feel guilty :) . Sometimes English is too difficult and I believe Nihongo is the most difficult , so we can not blame the guy if he can't speak it well. Even some natives American speaks their language wrongly but still its not a real big deal for others as long as no one will argue. Anyway,.. nothing to sort of these things..
Origins: The first thing an astute follower of politics might notice about this humorous anecdote is that it would be rather unusual for Yoshiro Mori to be making a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Barack Obama, since Mori's term as prime minister of Japan ended in April 2001, nearly eight years before Barack Obama became president of the United States. That's a clue that this item is yet another piece of recycled political humor, one which originally circulated back in mid-2000, during President Bill Clinton's final year in office:
Before the recent G8 summit in Okinawa, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori was coached in a bit of English. Upon meeting Clinton, he was to say "How are you?" The response was supposed to be "I'm fine, thank you. And you?" Mori was to answer, "Me too."
When they actually met, Mori made a small slip-up and said, "Who are you?"
Clinton replied, "I'm Hillary's husband." To which Mori replied, "Me too."
The original version apparently worked its way over to the United States after having circulated in the Japanese tabloid press, where it was offered as a jab at an unpopular prime minister who had already become an object of derision for (among other reasons) having made several untoward verbal gaffes during his short time in office:
In January , he had come under fire from AIDS campaigners when speaking about his first election campaign in 1969.
"When I was greeting farmers from my car, they all went into their homes. I felt like I had AIDS," he said. Mr Mori later apologised for the comment.
And in February, he caused further embarrassment when describing security problems the United States faced from the Y2K computer bug.
"When there is a blackout, the murderers always come out. It's that type of society," Mr Mori quipped.
He had previously sparked controversy by saying that some teachers were controlled by communists.
Tales of Mori confusing the English words "how" and "who" while greeting a U.S. president also circulated in other forms:
During July's Group-of-Eight Summit in Okinawa, U.S. President Bill Clinton approached Mori and asked, "How are you?" Mori replied, "I am Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori." To his credit, Mori's phrase was in flawless English, though the answer probably wasn't quite what Clinton expected.
The very same joke had appeared in the U.S. press several months earlier, at that time attributed to Kim Young-sam, who served as President of South Korea for five years beginning in 1993. The same apocryphal tale has also been told about any number of non-English speaking politicians from various countries.
The chances of this jape's playing out in real life are slim for the time being, as the current Japanese prime minister, Taro Aso, is a fluent speaker of English who studied at Stanford University and the London School of Economics.