Wizbang has the goods on a shocking Reuters photo of the President. Get this: Bush sometimes goes to the bathroom.
Wow! What a scoop! Good to see those highly paid press photographers are earning their pay. And that the finely tuned editorial instincts at Reuters can pick out such compelling and historic images.
Some folks in the Wizbang comments are speculating that the photo may have been faked. I think that’s a little silly; it looks perfectly real to me. The image has been level corrected in Photoshop or something similar to enhance the contrast. Almost every photo gets this treatment to one degree or another, so that’s nothing weird. The blur from the top to the bottom of the note is just the narrow depth-of-field you get with a fast lens. Of course, this sort of distrust would be eliminated by making the original image files and EXIF data available, which all news agencies should do.
So no undue hanky panky with the image. I am a little concerned about the ethics of taking photos of the President’s notes over his shoulder. Or any other diplomat’s shoulder, for that matter. I think it’s reasonable for them to have some expectation of privacy while meeting in the Security Council. I assume this was during a break or something and that they don’t let people with cameras spy on everyone during the meeting. Still don’t like it much.
UPDATE: Extensive forensic analysis in my basement CSI lab shows two distinct
styles of handwriting. It appears that the top part of the note requesting a bathroom break is actually from
Condi Rice, and the writing at the bottom is Bush’s reply.
still remain. Was it #1 or #2? Does the UN hand out those little
bathroom keys like gas stations do, and did Condi give hers back when she returned? Did excessive use of toilets by the
White House staff actually cause the flooding in New Orleans?I’ll be
sure and post any new developments as this breaking story develops.