- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If you haven’t seen the photos, they’re worth more than a thousand words. They were taken on Tuesday at the United Nations.

In the first shot, first lady Laura Bush is mounting the stairs, failing to fall captive to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s haughty gaze.

Mr. Ahmadinejad was seated at his desk on Tuesday during the U.N. General Assembly when Mrs. Bush strolled by to approach her seat. According to press reports, when she reached Mr. Ahmadinejad’s desk, the cruel autocrat looked up, hoping to catch Mrs. Bush’s eye. But rather than entering into eyelock with the despot, she merely rested her right hand on his desk, kept her head looking straight forward, and proceeded on her way up the stairs.

In the second photo, the embarrassed Iranian leader immediately looked back down at his desk. What was he expecting, a wink and a nod?

Mrs. Bush’s steady performance dovetailed nicely with that of President Bush, who moments later called on Mr. Ahmadinejad to cease angering the world with his troubling march toward obtaining nuclear weapons.

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