September 14, 2005


Reuters thinks this photograph deserves public attention.

Posted by Matt Murphy at September 14, 2005 10:23 PM

I don't see how it reflects badly on Bush - it even humanizes the "Great Man".

At least he wasn't asleep.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2005 10:42 PM

You must admit, it's pretty funny.

Newsworthy, no. But funny.

At least he didn't write "I really gotta piss." In fact, the formal way he wrote it goes against the grain of the "drunken frat boy" narrative of the left.

Posted by: Timothy at September 15, 2005 12:22 AM


It's unquestionably funny -- I just don't think that's the reason Reuters ran it.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at September 15, 2005 12:40 AM

He should have just held it. Until the next inaugural. President Kerry would have held it. President Gore is holding it.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 15, 2005 12:41 AM

What's the line below saying? Is this possible...?

It's kind of funny, but not so if you're an adult. Everybody goes to the bathroom.

Posted by: RC at September 15, 2005 2:24 AM

I think you're jumping at shadows, Matt.
As an editor I would have run the pic (and full marks to Reuters)not because it makes Bush look bad or even silly.
On the contrary it anchors the whole barmy business to reality.
"Inter faeces et urinam nascimur" . . . it reminds us of our humble origins.

Posted by: Accipere at September 15, 2005 2:47 AM

Anybody who has sat through long boring presentations or speeches can certainly identify with this.

Posted by: AWW at September 15, 2005 8:01 AM

Reuters's Bush Derangement Syndrome in full flower.

Posted by: erp at September 15, 2005 8:21 AM

Yes, it makes Bush look good - he communicates in a civilized and courteous way even in the most elemental communications.

I think the last line is the beginning of "When is the next break?" or "When is my best opportunity?"

Posted by: pj at September 15, 2005 8:35 AM

What a curious mixture of upper and lower case handwriting he uses.

Not making any sort of point, it's just curious.

At least he didn't draw a picture of what he wanted to do.

Posted by: Brit at September 15, 2005 8:50 AM

...or "When will this circus be over?"

Posted by: Peter B at September 15, 2005 8:51 AM

This picture is a ready-made photoshop opportunity. Get ready for a blogosphere-wide contest.

Posted by: Brandon at September 15, 2005 9:43 AM

In contrast, of course, Bill Clinton kept his bladder in check for the entire eight-year run of his presidency. It was the other body fluid he kept needing to get out at inopportune times.

Posted by: John at September 15, 2005 10:14 AM

"World's Most Powerful Man" and he needs to ask permission to pee?

Posted by: Foos at September 15, 2005 11:19 AM

No, he's not.
(Tasteless humor alert)

Posted by: Patrick H at September 15, 2005 12:38 PM

Brandon, according to Drudge the note has already been photoshopped.

Posted by: erp at September 15, 2005 7:50 PM