US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates wait for the arrival of US President George W. Bush before he speaks to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House. Bush, just days from unveiling his new plan for Iraq, urged opposition Democrats who will control the US Congress until he leaves office in 2009 to back his spending priorities. Photo:Mandel Ngan/AFPI hadn't noticed before, but Gates is really short. Oh, oh. Otherwise, the chemistry between these dueling secretaries looks good, doesn't it? I mean, compare the above to any picture of Condi 'n' Rummy (like this one), and there's a world of difference. Don't get excited, though, because Bush is still in office, so it's not like there will be a real world of difference or anything. But Condi photographs a lot better with this Secretary of Defense, so that's really all that matters to us.