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This was from today’s Guardian (also on the Newsblog, here). It could so easily have been an internet fake sent round by email, but it’s a genuine picture from the UN. I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad, particularly with his clearly poor linguistic skills: Why’s half of it capitalised? Is it some kind of sign?!
Anyway, since I’ve stolen it from the Grauny, it only seems polite to include their copy as well:
Schoolboys through the ages have raised their hands with a pained look on their faces and a blurted: “Please, Miss!” — but what is a US president to do?
Faced with a suddenly pressing need to go to the toilet at Wednesday’s UN summit, George Bush turned to the woman whose job it is to guide him through the constraints of diplomacy, secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. “I think I MAY NEED A BATHROOM break. Is this possible?” the president wrote, resorting to capitals to convey the urgency of the situation. The pencilled note, during a security council meeting, was spotted by a Reuters photographer.
It was not clear whether the leader of the free world got his wish — the White House made no comment.
That photographer deserves a raise. At the very least.