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Picture Of The Day - Chimpy McBushittler Edition

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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Comments (75)

I can't blame him. That mu... (Below threshold)

I can't blame him. That must have been a long damn session after his morning coffee.

I had to get up and pee just watching it on tv.....

When you gotta go, y... (Below threshold)

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

They are bouncing between e... (Below threshold)

They are bouncing between euphoria and suspicion. They think it may be a Rove photoshop trick to bait them! Was there a pencil on the desk or only Sharpies? Where did the clip go in later pictures? Why did he have to ask Dr. Rice? It is a confusing night in moonbat world.

That's odd, that doesn't lo... (Below threshold)

That's odd, that doesn't look like the example of Bush's handwritting that US News & World Report had analyzed in 2000.

Here's a reprint of the article:


The complete sample is here:



I take it back, comparing t... (Below threshold)

I take it back, comparing the printed letters in the US News sample, they do look the same. Look at the "N" in each.

oh, right, and they're ALL ... (Below threshold)

oh, right, and they're ALL writing dissertations on world hunger?

I bet half of them are writing doodles with an uncle sam and a dagger placed strategically.

It IS the United Nations, after all.

Yeah, the N is close enough... (Below threshold)

Yeah, the N is close enough, and so is the W. But it's still weird. His US News handwriting is all cursive, the letters all connected. The Bathroom Note is block printing.

It's also weird to have to write any note at all about a bathroom break. If it was me, I would have worked out a discreet signal for something like that beforehand.

It's also weird that the pencil writes in jet black. Pencil lines just aren't that dark. I suspect the photo has been selectively 'posterized,' and this manipulation has not been noted in the cutline. Ask a photojournalist if this is considered ethical.

I wouldn't use any of the t... (Below threshold)

I wouldn't use any of the toilets at the UN. Maybe Condi carries those sanitary seat covers.

I'm suspicious. The origin... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

I'm suspicious. The original Reuters photo shows no context, no identifiable faces, no proof that it's Bush, that I can see. Someone show me the wider angled shot that this was cropped from.

Also, good point, Sean, on the darkness of the pencil lines. No pencil I have writes that thick and dark, especially when viewed through a telephoto lens from the press box and with white light glaring down on top of it. I think this was enhanced in Photoshop. Note the dense and blotted text of the memo at the top. If Bush's note is clear enough to read, why isn't that? I'm also suspicious of the mixing of block letters and lower case cursive writing for a 12 word, 6 line note.

Also, Sean asks why they would write this stuff down. Well, I think it's so open microphones don't pick it up. If that happened CNN would run it every 10 minutes for 2 whole news cycles and it would forever be a fixture on the web. Also, it could be President Bush's way of being respectful to whoever is speaking at the time by not engaging in sidebar discussions at the table.

OMG! I just put 7 minutes of time and thought into the circumstances surrounding the President of the United States' bodily functions. Too much. I'm going for another run.

Bush peed while people in n... (Below threshold)

Bush peed while people in need. Bush doesn't care about black people.

that is interesting about t... (Below threshold)

that is interesting about the mixing of lower case with block letters.

I don't know of anyone who writes in such a weird style. It's either one or the other.

Even me, I write in a semi-cursive way. I never understood cursive when I first learned it and I always thought it to take way too long to write properly, so I've developed my own style of writing that is fast for me.

but this just looks weird.

Problems with picture
-extremely dark graphite?
-I find the second half of the note extremely hard to read while the first half reads very well
-mixing of proper caps/all caps lettering
-mixing of block with cursive lettering
-No proof this is Georgie

Even has to ask permission ... (Below threshold)

Even has to ask permission to use the bathroom.

How proud y'all must be...

Ah, but if he didn't, the e... (Below threshold)

Ah, but if he didn't, the evil Bushitler would be accused of rudely interrupting the session!

How proud ya'll must be to play the grade school "heads I win, tails you lose" game.

I don't know what GW's hand... (Below threshold)

I don't know what GW's hand looks like, but this one looks pretty young. Shouldn't there be some lines or wrinkles or something?

And there you have it, folk... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

And there you have it, folks! Exhibit A: owlbear1's comment. That's the real reason why Reuters cropped, enhanced and ran this photo. Not to report anything newsworthy, but to attempt to embarrass the President. "U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting..." Holy crap! Stop the presses! The President just wrote a note. That's news.

Without a party, without a leader, without a message, without solutions, without direction, without a constituency, without hope and without a future this is what the drooling, baby-boomer, nothing-to-show-for-a-lifetime-of-failed-social-activism Left is reduced to - moronic giggling about someone going potty.

Stroke out and stop biting at our ankles; you idiots had your chance.

Dubya don't need no help ma... (Below threshold)

Dubya don't need no help making hisself look like an idiot...


Of course, any sign of bein... (Below threshold)

Of course, any sign of being a normal human will be seen as a sign of weakness. The man had to go to the bathroom for Pete's sake! Even Joe Biden poops every now and then.

Nancy Pelosi, OTOH...that would explain why she's a fucking lunatic...

If Reuters's cropped, copie... (Below threshold)

If Reuters's cropped, copied, faked, enhanced, Dan Rathered or otherwise did anything to produce this well I'm just going to do.....nothing. It's irrelevent. Worse possible case is that the other side can say he wrote a note saying he had to pee?

Ummmm, so what? That isn't news.

If he stood on a table during the final vote and pee'd on the various anti-American economic policy proposals surely to arise out of the summit then it would be news.

Shoot, his dad puked all over a PM's lap and that was far more newsworthy.

Let me get this stra... (Below threshold)
Chris Meisenzahl:

Let me get this straight ...

Now Bush even uses the bathroom?!? This man knows no limits! Who does he think he is!? ;-)


I usually use my left hand ... (Below threshold)

I usually use my left hand to steady the piece of paper I'm writing on. Unless it's a Post-it Note, but that looks liek plain white paper to me.

There, I've thrown my two cents into the conspiracy.

Mixing lower case and block... (Below threshold)

Mixing lower case and block capitals? I do it all the time in notes. Especially for EMPHASIS.

Anyway, how dare Bush be slacking on the job. He should be catheterized.

Yet another example of what... (Below threshold)
Natty Dark:

Yet another example of what a failure this president is - can't we find one that doesn't ever have to pee? Anyone know any Democratic candidates without a bladder?

No urinate in 2008!

"And, if elected, I pledge ... (Below threshold)
Natty Dark:

"And, if elected, I pledge to have a catheter and colostomy bag installed to perform work for the American people. No $#it!"

This is news. Unbel... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

This is news. Unbelievable.

It's at great risk to my ow... (Below threshold)
Jim Hines:

It's at great risk to my own life that I inform all of you here at WizBang "I need a Bathroom Break" is CIA code for "Have that guy from Iran Whacked!"

Give me a break. Was this a... (Below threshold)

Give me a break. Was this a slow news day or something? Who cares. Reuters - just another supermarket rag.

The NEWS story here isn't t... (Below threshold)

The NEWS story here isn't that Bush may or may not have had to go to the toilet. The NEWS story is that REUTERS is so desperate for something to use to disparage a sitting president that they will even attempt to embarass him for going to the toilet.

I'm disappointed. You guys ... (Below threshold)

I'm disappointed. You guys are usually brighter than this.

This is big news. See, it's been the general consensus that Bush caused Katrina. This proves he isn't deity, because we all know God doesn't have to either pee or ask permission.

That leaves all roads pointing towards . . .

Kevin You are a ta... (Below threshold)


You are a tad late with the Britney Spears announcement.

This is one of the silliest... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

This is one of the silliest arguments ever. Who really give a f*** if he wrote Rice that note or not? He's a human being. Human beings go to the restroom at times. He wrote a note to Rice to explain why he might be getting up.

People on the right: there's no conspiracy. People on the left: Bush is a normal person not some imbecile who needs permission to go to the bathroom. Reuters: please actually pay attention to the photos you run so that you don't inadvertantly get everybody's panties in a wad.

Although I am all for anyth... (Below threshold)

Although I am all for anything that makes Bush look bad, this is a little silly. And I'm sure some liberal bloggers will have their 15 minutes of fun with it. It also does look faked. I wouldn't be so quick to accuse Reuters, though. The rules news organizations have against doing any alterations to a photo are quite strict, and there's plenty of examples of people being fired.

On a more serious note, doesn't it bother anyone that the President writes a note to the Sec. of State during a sensitive UN meeting, and the contents can be photographed and distributed on the news. Who's to say he couldn't have actually written something sensitive?

Hmmmm.Man. BDS ha... (Below threshold)


Man. BDS has gotten more toxic than New Orleans well water.

The VRWC in action, folks. ... (Below threshold)

The VRWC in action, folks. If it's no big deal, why bother writing a note? Why not stand up and say it publicly? Is he ashamed?

If it's not part of something bigger, why are we just hearing about it now? Thank your stars some journalists are getting the truth out into the open.

This is an enigma wrapped inside a mystery locked in a whodunit surrounded by a crossword puzzle!

Hey, has anyone tried to ov... (Below threshold)

Hey, has anyone tried to overlay this note with the same message written using Microsoft Word? That kerning looks suspect...

Considering that the writin... (Below threshold)

Considering that the writing in the line "I think I may need a bathroom break" is different than that in "is this possible" suggests to me something got inserted over another message.

I don't know of anyone w... (Below threshold)

I don't know of anyone who writes in such a weird style. It's either one or the other.

I write in such a weird style sometimes. Hey, I'm qualified to be President, hooray!

While this certainly isn't news, I have little doubt that had it been Hillary at a conference of some sort doing the same, it would be all over the right-wing blogosphere with snickers and guffaws.

It's possibly a note from *... (Below threshold)

It's possibly a note from *someone else* needing a bathroom break and Bush is answering. Why else block letters above and handwriting below? He usually writes in cursive, I think.

And it's probably not *from* Rice either, at least if her note to Bush about Iraqi sovereignty (the "Let Freedom Reign" note) is typical.

Just a thought.

Bush can write? :)... (Below threshold)
Jim Hines:

Bush can write?


andyWhether Hillary ... (Below threshold)

Whether Hillary or W, it is worth snickers and guffaws. As a "right-winger" myself, if it had been associated with Hillary and despite my pleasure in that I would know that it is a clever joke. I am just not sure the "lefties" would catch on since W is the target here. And if it had been Hillary it would probably be something like "hey can you go see where Bill went to again?!"

There would have no problem... (Below threshold)

There would have no problem whatsoever if "Chimpy McHitler" had wanted to use his 'elephant trunk' for the main reason is was created (recreation/procreation) like his predecessor, rather than just wanting to tee-tee

"Make babies, not water!"

Stupid is that stupid does!... (Below threshold)

Stupid is that stupid does! So here goes.

Rice is Sec of State - she can and does get the floor even before Bolton I think at the UN.

Bush is a guest - though head of a government.

Therefore, at some point, Rice may ask the President of the Assembly for a recess - DUH! Not Bush.

But, Bush, certainly can mention to Rice, time for a break...

So what...

Oh! Reuters is trying to invent NEWS! Humans, no matter who, have bodily functions! Stop the PRESSES!

Back to work...sorry!

What Steve L. said. ... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

What Steve L. said.

I thought Drudge was portra... (Below threshold)

I thought Drudge was portraying this as a note FROM Condi to GWB, and this pic is him writing back (so possibly it was her that needed to pee).

I just want to know who had to piddle, when they had to piddle, and whether they eventually piddled or not.

The public has a right to know.

I thought he was a poo-flin... (Below threshold)

I thought he was a poo-flinging ChimPresident.
Learn something new everyday.

Good point, stoj. Now that ... (Below threshold)

Good point, stoj. Now that I look at it again, Pres. Bush is using different handwriting than the bathroom note. You may be right. And if that's the case, the NOW crowd should be out in force blasting Reuters for invading the privacy of a woman! Oh, wait, nevermind, she's a conservative woman.

he could be writing his res... (Below threshold)

he could be writing his response to her at the bottom. Although that does look like his handwriting. Not that that means anything.

Oi. Surprise! Conservatives pee! How stupid is this. Why did Reuters feel the need to photograph it?

Challenge- what other things could Reuters "reveal" to the public about the president?

Hey! he belches after drinking pop too! Sometimes... he gets tired.

::gasp!:: no!

Yes! he does!

Would they have run the sto... (Below threshold)

Would they have run the story if it had been a state secret they were communicating? Or would they have just informed the subject of the note? If the note had said, "He's lying, and we'll prove it when we get our man out of the country with the blueprints of the nuke they've built"? That's the method the two would be using to communicate state secrets, if it is a real picture something is really lacking in security.

Omigosh! BUSH IS HUMAN??? ... (Below threshold)

Omigosh! BUSH IS HUMAN??? Why didn't anyone tell me???

That's the method the tw... (Below threshold)

That's the method the two would be using to communicate state secrets, if it is a real picture something is really lacking in security.

It's not the situation room, it's a damn UN summit. The press are allowed. Btw you'd all be laughing you're asses off if it was Clinton asking Madeleine Albright if he could go pee.

You know all those crazy conspiracy theories they come up with at DU that you all like to make fun of. Well, have another look at this thread.

actually, if it is true tha... (Below threshold)

actually, if it is true that this combined note was on the piece of paper, then it is quite a funny piece of paper.

I think it's just there for humurous value.

Btw you'd all be laughin... (Below threshold)

Btw you'd all be laughing you're asses off if it was Clinton asking Madeleine Albright if he could go pee.

Mantis, do you really want to bring Clinton into a thread about fluids coming from ... down there?

It doesn't say it's the sum... (Below threshold)

It doesn't say it's the summit mantis, it says:

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit...

Big difference.

As to whether or not the im... (Below threshold)

As to whether or not the image was tampered with, the close-crop picture definately was enhance so that the words can be read more easily. This is seen in the difference in the color of W's jacket: it goes from light greyish-blue to black between the shots. This also explains the extremenly dark writing from a pencil that was noted before. Someone at Reuters wanted to make sure that we see that Bush asked for a potty break.

Btw you'd all be laughi... (Below threshold)

Btw you'd all be laughing you're asses off if it was Clinton asking Madeleine Albright if he could go pee.

If this was Clinton and Albright, Reuters wouldn't even bother with it. They'd be doing what they did reguarly did back then, namely, running puff pieces on Hillary and publishing unflattering photos of Newt Gingrich.

I always thought he was lef... (Below threshold)

I always thought he was left-handed and the writer appears to be right-handed.....

His dad is left-handed Est... (Below threshold)

His dad is left-handed Estaban, he's right-handed.

Don't you just love photosh... (Below threshold)

Don't you just love photoshop?

I don't get why this is such a big issue but the loons at AmericaBlog seem to find it to be a significant embarrassment to the country.

Why not go over there and let them know how special they are.

Steve L., I think... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

Steve L.,

I think the point is that Reuters actually did pay attention to the photo they ran. This was no mistake. If this had been the only picture the Reuters photog had been allowed to take during the entire conference, well then, I suppose I could excuse using it as a matter of necessity. But do you really think that's the only photo taken session which Bush attended? Do you really think they didn't enlarge, crop and enhance the original in order to focus on the writing and the potentially (in their minds) embarrassing message? Do you really think that this was all mere happenstance? It wasn't, and Reuters rightly should be called out for their selective and biased imaging and reporting.
Crying foul when a foul has been committed doesn't define conspiracy, it defines accountability.

That is darkest pencil lead... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

That is darkest pencil lead I've ever seen. Where does he get those pencils? Office Depot?

No "war for bathroom breaks"!

This should have been this week's Caption Contest. LOL

What is Hilary's position o... (Below threshold)

What is Hilary's position on urination? Do you think she'll take this sitting down?

Missed this one:... (Below threshold)

Missed this one:
Even Joe Biden poops every now and then.

No he doesn't. I reckon he's hermetically sealed. It WOULD explain his complete lack of a sense of humor.

I just posted this to Reute... (Below threshold)

I just posted this to Reuters' feedback site. It pretty much sums up my thoughts on this.

Don't your photographers have anything better to do at the UN than to spy on the President of the United States? Taking pictures of his notes is one thing, but then having the pettiness to PUBLISH a picture of a note indicating that he, or someone in his delegation (the context of the note is unclear) has to use the restroom? COME ON! Could you possibly have any less tact? I would expect such garbage from the National Enquirer, but from a NEWS service?

I can't imagine why newspaper circulation is in the toilet. Maybe your readers just needed a bathroom break you.

Er.... bathroom break F... (Below threshold)

Er.... bathroom break FROM you. :)

Nice job sticking up for yo... (Below threshold)

Nice job sticking up for your boyfriend, Varuth! If you keep it up, maybe he'll let you hold it steady the next time he has to take a whiz.

It doesn't say it's the ... (Below threshold)

It doesn't say it's the summit mantis, it says:

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit...

Big difference.

Ok, excuse me, its a meeting taking place at the summit but not technically part of the summit, maybe. Point is, it's still a public meeting. Press and the public are allowed. If Bush were writing notes on national security in plain view at a public meeting, it would be his own damn fault if they were seen or photographed.

And as far as "why is this news?" goes, it's not a news story, it's one of 160+ photos from the summit. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to take a bathroom break.

Edddie...that was a really ... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

Edddie...that was a really funny post. Great use of comedic sexual innuendo to pointedly demonstrate the factual deficiencies in Varuth's argument. Wow.

Hey, jump over here, give it a read and then come back and let me know what you think.

I'm interested in your analysis of the whole "unintentional" theory regarding Reuters' publishing of this photo.

Thanks so much.

Dude - check the paul email... (Below threshold)

Dude - check the paul email address (ill send it to kevin in a second too...) for some awesome photoshoppage..

It could've been worse........ (Below threshold)

It could've been worse.....


1) (Doodle of US planes bombing UN building)

2) Condi: I can't believe how bad the rep. from Suriname smells today!

3) "Kofi sux the big one"

4) What do they serve for lunch here? Probably some curried goat crap. Have these people never heard of BBQ?

5) Condi: I gotta take a shit!


Did you notice how tiny tha... (Below threshold)

Did you notice how tiny that pencil is? It's really thin. Either that or he has very large hands.

i think it's a conspiracy.

Either that or he has ... (Below threshold)

Either that or he has very large hands.
And you know what THAT means.
big Isotoners.

It was both an <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

It was both an intentional and manipulated image.

Looking at it carefully I t... (Below threshold)

Looking at it carefully I think I've figured out a couple of the words...

Looks like Os, but cursive I is a loopy thing, so the first word is probably "Is"

The second word I am unable to make out. though it looks like a T an I and an S, It's possible that the second word is "this"

The third word is probably "possible"

The next word appears to start with "Wh" then scribble. Entirely possible it's Why, What, or When.

So, after careful deliberation, I've come to the conclusion that the cursive writing is:

Is this possible(the rest unknown because the hand is blocking the view)

Why, what, or When?

That's my analysis

Further thought: Now that R... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

Further thought: Now that Reuters has admitted that they intentionally used a manipulated image, I wonder if they'll release the original? Seems like the reasonable thing to do if they have nothing to hide, since only the "white parts of the picture were overexposed, so a Reuters processor used Photoshop to burn down the note."

Taken at face value, those assurances would lead one to believe that anyone with reasonable Photoshop user skills could produce the same results.

What do you say, Reuters? Care to give the blogoshpere a go at it?

So that's where Piers Morga... (Below threshold)

So that's where Piers Morgan has been.

Just wanted to say thanks t... (Below threshold)

Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for your comments. Best laughs I've had in a while. That's all this story deserves. It's a big joke!






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