According to US Ambassador to India Frank Wisner, an Indian told the US embassy he wanted a visa in time for former president Ronald Reagan's funeral.
"Somewhat taken aback, our consular officer advised the applicant that Mr. Reagan is still very much alive," Wisner said. "I'm aware of that," came the reply. "I would rather wait there than here," the Indian told the visa officer.
Wisner did not say whether the man eventually got the US visa, an elusive document coveted by most traveling Indians.