What does it mean when Reuters’ photo editor takes it upon his or herself to make the widely-linked photo above available through its wire service? Why, that the President was speaking to members of the United Nations yesterday, of course! Here’s the caption:
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. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
So, the gist of the news-worthy nature of this event: Bush spoke to the United Nations. And, it seems, the President wrote “a note” to Condi at some point. But someone at Reuters understands that of late, Bush’s popularity has been a bit worse for wear, and the usual “funny photo” of the President caught off guard just won’t do…
How does Reuters, then, sieze the moment? By also making available a blown-up, zoomed-in version of the image above, solely to focus upon the note’s most-certainly-not-classified subject matter.
Good luck with piecing together your moving, inspirational Katrina backdrop for tonight’s presidential address, Karl.