Washington - Some liberals claim George W. Bush doesn't utter a word that Karl Rover doesn't script for him. Apparently the leader of the free world is equally afraid to take a bathroom break without obtaining permission from Rover, or his Secretary of State, Condominium Rice. In a photo widely distributed by Reuters, Bush is shown furiously scribbling a note saying he thinks he "might" need a bathroom break, and asking, in bullet format: Is this possible?
The possibility that a world leader feels he needs permission from a staffer to urinate begs the question, "What kind of leader is this?" Alternately, Bush may have an enlarged prostate, common among men his age, and this could be a query to his physician. Naaah.
Bush, who has repeatedly condemned the United Nations for a variety of offenses, including its failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, was attending a Security Council meeting when he penned the note. Could he have simply stood up and walked out? Did he need to raise his hand? Or in these situations, does protocol demand that someone of LESSER stature request a "breif break in the meeting" so that no one knows the Prez needs to urinate.
Bullet #2 of the note was unwritten at the time the photo was snapped, but may have indicated whether a man few believe is "presidential material" needed to go #1, or #2. Or he may have been asking "Where is the restroom, as it appears a "W" leads off the second line. It appears Bush writes using a #2 yellow pencil, having been forced to give up "Big Reds" by Rove and other advisors.
Other photos of Bush at the security council meeting show him alternately bored, and or irritated, both of which could indicate an intense desire to relieve himself.
In other news, a freelance photogrpher for Reuters today was arrested for heroin smuggling after more than five pounds were found in a camera case he was leaving the United Nations with, which guards unexpectedly demanded to search. During the search the photographer's telephoto lens was accidentally dropped and shattered, as he was handcuffed and hauled off to jail to face possession with intent to distribute charges.