Erich Honnecker was invited to Moscow by Gorbachev for a visit. After weeks of preparation by Gorbachev, Honnecker arrives in Moscow. As part of of celebration activities, there is a big parade through the streets of Moscow.
While the two are watching the parade, Gorbachev takes a small boy aside and asks him, “Who is your mother?” The child replies, “Mother Russia.” “And who is your father?” asks Gorbachev. The boy answers, “Why, it’s you Uncle Gorby!” Finally Gorbachev asks the boy, “and what do you want to be when you grow up?” The boy proudly replies, “a good communist!”
Erich Honnecker, meanwhile, has been watching this and is very impressed. So impressed, that he decides to invite Gorbachev to East Berlin for a visit. Again, after weeks of preparation, Gorbachev’s plane lands in Berlin. And again, part of the celebration includes a parade.
Remembering what Gorbachev did in Moscow, Honnecker repeats the scene: He asks a little boy in the crowd, “Who is your mother?” The child replies “The DDR.” “And who is your father?” asks Honnecker. “Why, it’s you Uncle Honnecker!” replies the child. “And what do you want to be when you grow up?” queries Honnecker. Without hesitation, the boy replies, “an orphan.”