June 28, 2004

What a great time to be alive!

Note, Condoleeza Rice to the President, "Iraq is soverign."

A note from U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to President George W. Bush, confirming the formal handover of power in Iraq (news - web sites) on June 28, 2004 is seen in this White House photo. The note was passed to Bush during a NATO summit in Istanbul and read: 'Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign. Letter was passed from Bremer at 10:26 a.m. Iraq time -- Condi,' prompting Bush to scribble back: 'Let freedom reign.' Photo by Reuters.

Thanks to Athena at Leaning to the Right

* Update: Betsy Newmark writes: I saw on TV this moment taking place. She passed the note to Bush who wrote his note on it and passed it to Don Rumsfeld who got a big grin on his face. Bush then whispered the news to Tony Blair who also smiled broadly and the two leaders then shook hands. It was cool being able to see that little moment of history and the note. I bet that little note will end up in the future Bush Presidential Library.

Posted by John Weidner at June 28, 2004 7:33 PM
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