A "BATHroom break" isn't all he needs

The president of the United States passes a note to his secretary of state.



T.g.
September 15, 2005 4:27PM (UTC)

The last time we saw a handwritten message from George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice had just passed him a note informing him that sovereignty had been transferred to the people of Iraq. The president wrote -- or so we were told -- "Let freedom reign!"

Freedom is reigning all right -- at least 160 people were killed in Iraq yesterday, and 31 more have died already today -- and it's raining all over the president's parade. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll has Bush's approval rating at 40 percent, the lowest it has recorded for his presidency.

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And now there's what appears to be another handwritten message from the president. During yesterday's session at the United Nations, the president of the United States wrote a note to his secretary of state. It said: "I think I MAY NEED A BATHroom break?" The wide shot is here, the close-up is here, and the question is this: Would a major news agency -- in this case, Reuters -- have moved such a photo if the president weren't already so diminished?

George W. Bush may be learning a lesson about the press that both his predecessor and his father learned before him: Sometimes, when it rains, it pours.


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