Immediately, many of the European engineers began to chuckle. Finally, one French engineer said, "How dumb is that? The President of the United States is sending two aircraft carriers to Japan. What does he intend to do, bomb the Japanese during this natural disaster?"
An engineer from the Boeing corporation who was attending this conference and seated at an adjoining table heard this comment and leaned over toward the table of European engineers and said, "All American aircraft carriers have three hospitals on board which can treat up to five hundred people per day. They are all nuclear powered so they can supply unlimited emergency electrical power to facilities on shore. Each ship has three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 6,000 people three meals a day for up to 90 days without the need to resupply."
The European engineers just sat silent and laughed no more.