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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

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?!

Bush: I think I might need a bathroom break

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.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Thomas Wainthorpe


by Thomas Wainthorpe

Comment posted at 21:22 on 16th September 2005.

This proves that the President is only human after all.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 21:39 on 16th September 2005.

Well… not really… he could still be a shaved gorilla 😉


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