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There's a rat in the White House

No... really:

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In his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama almost got upstaged by a rat.
But he didn't even seem to notice. Assuming that's what it was, scurrying in front of his podium Thursday in a sun-drenched Rose Garden.

Obama had just begun an afternoon statement to reporters lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul plan when some kind of rodent -- opinions differ on which -- dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office.

As photographers snapped away, the critter trundled straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set of bushes to Obama's left.

It's not clear if the president could even see the streaker, but he didn't show any reaction. And he concluded his statement minutes later, returning to his office without answering a few shouted questions on other topics.

For those wondering, the rat is the one in the lower right hand side of the picture posted.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (34)

"It's not clear if the pres... (Below threshold)

"It's not clear if the president could even see the streaker"

If it didn't show up on his Teleprompter ... then no.

Family Reunion?... (Below threshold)
Brett:

Family Reunion?

The rat made no effort to i... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

The rat made no effort to interrupt Obama out of professional courtesy.

You have, quite clearly, po... (Below threshold)
Arizona CJ:

You have, quite clearly, posted a picture of TWO rats.

However, I find the smaller one by far the least objectionable.

:P

You can't spell Democrat wi... (Below threshold)
davidt:

You can't spell Democrat without r-a-t.

"For those wondering, the r... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"For those wondering, the rat is the one in the lower right hand side of the picture posted."

LMAOROTF! Now that's funny!

The rat in the lower right ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

The rat in the lower right is VASTLY less of a threat to our country.

The image is blurry, but fr... (Below threshold)
epador:

The image is blurry, but from my amateur viewpoint the short tail suggests this is a

Very
Offensive
Liberal
Effetist

That's not a rat. That's N... (Below threshold)
Matt:

That's not a rat. That's Nancy Pelosi's lost soul.

Nah, just a realtive of the... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Nah, just a realtive of the San Francisco Bay Marsh Mouse. Wanted to stop by and personally thank Barry for that $160 million 'stimulus check' for habitat reclaimation. I hear it created "millions of shovel ready jobs".

Looks like the little fella... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

Looks like the little fella is deserting the sinking ship caused by the big fella.

The mouse that bored.... (Below threshold)

The mouse that bored.

J.

Although a rat may be more ... (Below threshold)

Although a rat may be more appropriate, it is likely a vole.....I'd guess a praire vole. I studied voles for years and they are used frequently in laboratory settings for various reasons. They are really everywhere but we seldom see them. Certainly a favorite food for owls and other small mammals and snakes.

Which rat are you talking a... (Below threshold)
mag:

Which rat are you talking about???

Why would the president not... (Below threshold)
JPO:

Why would the president notice the little guy? I'm sure he just assumed it was another member of the press corp.

"There's a rat in the White... (Below threshold)
MikeNC:

"There's a rat in the White House" and a rodent scurrying along the steps below the lectern.

Why is everything about his... (Below threshold)
914:

Why is everything about his scurvy ass all day 24/7? One would think he was elected instead of selected..

As for vermin, Yeah, he fil... (Below threshold)
914:

As for vermin, Yeah, he fills that bill nicely.

Maybe one of Barney Frank's... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

Maybe one of Barney Frank's gerbils got loose.

"Maybe one of Barney Fra... (Below threshold)
914:

"Maybe one of Barney Frank's gerbils got loose"


Ewwwww! HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH


It may be a titmouse? Also... (Below threshold)
914:

It may be a titmouse? Also, theres a shrew running across the stage!

Barak makes an unexpected a... (Below threshold)
914:

Barak makes an unexpected appearance at the "All about him lifetime underachievement award" ceremony in Bakersfield or somewhere where they dont believe in jobs, liberty, or death.

Quick,check his papers and ... (Below threshold)
just bob:

Quick,check his papers and tax the little bastard.

"Rat" is much too kind, I w... (Below threshold)
Maddox:

"Rat" is much too kind, I would call him a traitor.

Calling him the first Afric... (Below threshold)
914:

Calling him the first African American President is an insult to Billiebob Thornton.. The only real black President weve ever endured.

He looks so unpresidential ... (Below threshold)
914:

He looks so unpresidential standing up there like that?

Oh come on, you can hardly... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

Oh come on, you can hardly blame Obama for not noticing the rat. I mean, it's not like it was right next to the teleprompter or anything.

"There's a rat in the White... (Below threshold)
914:

"There's a rat in the White House"

There's a uniter not divider fink there too!

I just thought it was Chris... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

I just thought it was Chris Matthews attempting to run up the pantleg of Obama.

Maybe now we know why the c... (Below threshold)

Maybe now we know why the celebrity chef from the other night wasn't supposed to tweet about his White House work. Obviously one of Nancy Pelosi's hors d'oeuvre's got loose.

President Obama: "Contrary ... (Below threshold)
Don:

President Obama: "Contrary to what you may hear in the right wing media, there is no evidence my administration is a sinking ship."

Birds of a feather...

One of these is a dirty stinking rat.

One of these causes intelligent people to shriek in fear.

Despite moving his podium up two steps, President Obama was unable to differentiate himself from that of his brethren.

Even the rats are bailing s... (Below threshold)
914:

Even the rats are bailing ship.

I see a big one behind the ... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

I see a big one behind the podium...is there another one? Oh! There it is.

Just FYI: It's a vole.... (Below threshold)

Just FYI: It's a vole.

I surprised Obama didn't bow to it as it passed.




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