In perhaps the biggest news to hit the headlines this year, Dan Glaister of The Guardian
joins legions of other media outlets to report that
The first photograph of President George Bush with the disgraced Washington
lobbyist Jack Abramoff was published yesterday after the White House refused for
weeks to release images of them together.
Apparently the photo "has been compared [by who? - ed] to the Monica Lewinsky 'ropeline' shots, which showed President Clinton greeting the White House intern." Now that certainly would be interesting, seeing Bush giving a big bearhug
to a star-struck and adoring Jack Abramoff. Alas, it turns out that Abramoff "appears as a small, blurry, bearded figure in the background" of a photo of Bush meeting the chief of an American Indian tribe. Not everything, I suppose, that scandal mongers would have hoped for, but you have to take what you can get. And, perhaps most incriminating fo all, "Karl Rove, the chief White House political adviser, is also in the photograph." Really makes you think, huh?