On Wednesday, a minor stir was created when Reuters published this photo of a note written by President Bush to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice asking about the proper protocol for excusing one's self to go to the men's room at the UN.
This caused us at SSW to wonder if there were other notes such as this that would give us an interesting insight into the inner-workings of the presidency. After all, the president must attend hundreds of meetings a year, so there must be a myriad of notes such as this.
We contacted our ace legal team and had them start firing off Freedom of Information Requests. A few hours later, notes started trickling in. Here are a few choice ones:
Cabinet Meeting, May 13, 2001
Meeting between President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Governor-General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, February 25, 2003
Meeting between the President, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, April 23, 2003
Cabinet Meeting, August 14, 2004
Note left on Secretary of State Rice's desk, July 17, 2005