09/15/2005: Hey wingnuts, Y'know Bush's 'potty break' picture some of y'all claim is fake?
Reuters says it's legit:
The photo, which appeared on Reuters' official photo site, was quickly published all over the Web, though dismissed by some as a likely photoshop special. Others suggested that surely someone must have hacked the Reuters site. But a Reuters spokesman on Thursday told E&P the photo was legit.Look, guys, the Rather gambit's getting old. Not every picture or document that makes Bush look like the pathetic dipshit he is has been faked, ok. So get over it.
"The photographer and editors on this story were looking for other angles in their coverage of this event, something that went beyond the stock pictures of talking heads that these kind of forums usually offer," explained Reuters' Stephen Naru. "This picture certainly does that."
The photo by Denver-based Rick Wilking, taken over a man's shoulder, shows an official -- identified in the caption as President Bush -- scribbling in pencil on a small white piece of paper that already contains the words: "I think I MAY NEED A BATHroom break?" It is unclear if Bush is in the process of responding to that message or wrote it himself.
[In fairness to the Naked Emperor, I'll note that the differences in writing style between "I think I MAY NEED..." and "Is that possible?" certainly raises a legitimate question of whether Bush is responding to someone else's request. I do find it amusing that immediately, however, the wingnuts jump to the assumption that the picture shows Bush in the worst possible light.
It's sad when even the man's mindless worshippers realize that his reputation is in the toilet and swirling clockwise...]
Len on 09.15.05 @ 02:08 PM CST