The Electric Commentary

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Question of the day

From Offpeak via Ace Cowboy.

Is this real?

I think it is.


  • Wouldn't surprise me.

    By Blogger FreakinRican, at 12:04 PM  

  • I would guess that it is real, and publishing it seems to be in bad taste to me.

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 1:48 PM  

  • Bad taste? Yes. Not newsworthy? Entirely.

    But it's so weird. That it was written in the first place. That a legible photo was taken. And that they decided to publish it.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:12 PM  

  • As I said on Ace Cowboy's blog, of course it's real. The only question is whether Bush wrote for permission to go to the bathroom or was in the process of replying to someone who passed the request to him.

    But I disagree strongly that it's not newsworthy. We have every right to know what our leaders are writing down while they're representing us at official meetings. If W wants to write Laura a note while he's sitting somewhere in the East Wing, that should be off limits to the press. But this was a public meeting and it's newsworthy for us to know what was on the paper in front of Bush.

    By Blogger MDS, at 4:13 PM  

  • Your definition of newsworthy has no regard for content. What if the note was saying that the lights should be brighter, or the mic louder? Still newsworthy?

    If this wasn't potty-humor fodder would it have even been reported? Does it show anything other than, unlike Kim Jong-Il, sometimes people in power have to use the bathroom?

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 4:20 PM  

  • It is a bit weird though.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 4:22 PM  

  • My guess is this was planned. To make him sitting through the UN proceedings seem like Roberts sitting through his grilling by the senators. Not!

    I'm serious about the pre-planning though. He could have read people on a blog sympathizing with J.R. for having to listen to the senators -- "What? No bathroom break?" -- and decided to take that route himself for comparison.

    Another picture sure had him looking bored at having to sit there and listen. As if it was beneath him. Roberts -- maybe. Bush -- no.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 AM  

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