Is this really such a big deal?
Everyone seems to be making such a big deal out of this, but it just seems like Bush was asking Rice whether it was acceptable to sneak off while the UN was in session, or whether he had to wait for a scheduled break.
Or, maybe, he was actually asking permission...
BBC NEWS | Americas | Bush 'caught short' at UN summit:
"It's a situation anyone could find themselves in - having to answer the call of nature in the middle of an important meeting.
But when you are the US president, at a gathering of more than 150 world leaders, it is even more tricky.
While talk at the UN world summit was focused on terrorism and internal reform, George W Bush appeared to have been caught short.
And, he is said to have turned to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for advice.
'I think I may need a bathroom break? Is this possible?' a Reuters news agency photographer caught him writing in a note to Ms Rice."