15-Sep-2005

Ma'am, May I?

I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?
That's the leader of the free world at the UN asking permission to visit the loo from his Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice. I'm not kidding. It's on Reuters. Link via Eschaton.

Update: Oop! Is this photograph for real or was I taken in - a la Times Of India? Well, check this analysis from a website tracking urban legends:
We don't doubt the authenticity of the photograph, as Rick Wilking is an established photographer with 12 years' experience shooting news photos in Washington (including various White House assignments) who recently covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans (leaving that city only, according to Editor & Publisher, "after his laptop and two cameras were stolen from his car parked near the convention center"). As well, Reuters carried other pictures of the same scene from the United Nations, including one that appears to have captured the back of President Bush's head. We've left this as "undetermined" for now to allow for the possibility that the President was merely responding to or adding comments to a note written by someone else.
The last line does look a bit different than the rest of it - the 'I' is different for instance. Still, why would the leader of the f.w. be even caught with such a note at all?

Update 2: It is for real. The photo was taken as it appears and the photographer says the baby Bush wrote it. Via Crooks and Liars.

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