A photographer has snapped United States President George W Bush apparently writing a note to ask whether a toilet break is possible during a United Nations meeting.
Mr Bush is said to have written the note to his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
"I think I may need a bathroom break? Is this possible?" a Reuters news agency photographer caught him writing during a UN summit.
The photo has since been doing the rounds of the Internet. It has become the most-emailed picture on the Yahoo portal's news site.
The photo ran under the headline 'Excuse me Condi, can I go to the bathroom?' in The Times Online and prompted jokes such as 'Bush needs to go ... NOW' on other websites.
While some questioned the authenticity of the photo and whether Mr Bush had written the whole note, journalism industry publication Editor and Publisher quoted a Reuters editor as saying Mr Bush had indeed taken a bathroom break shortly after photograher Rick Wilking snapped him writing the note.
The Editor and Publisher website quoted Gary Hershorn, Reuters's news editor of photos for the Americas, as saying Wilking saw Mr Bush pass the note to Dr Rice and a little later the President left the room briefly and then returned.
The website quoted Mr Hershorn as saying that Wilking had no idea what Mr Bush was writing at the time when he took the shots.
"Rick had no idea what he was shooting, or what Bush was writing," Mr Hershorn told Editor and Publisher. "If Rick knew what he was writing we'd have 25 pictures of this, not two."