From left to right, Chief of Protocol, Nancy Goodman Brinker, Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, stand in the back together during a meeting between President Bush and Parliamentary Majority Leader in Lebanon, Saad Hariri, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
What gives? Condi usually likes to fold her hands discretely over her girlparts during awkward, free-standing photo-ops like this. Did Manners Czarina Brinker instruct her to mimic her subservient pose to make their Middle-Easterner feel more comfy? Ew, I don't like her standing like that so close to Cheney. Or, OMG, Hadley! Ew!
Also, it's fun to speculate why Brinker is present at all. Has George been particularly rude lately? I mean more than usual?