Obama had just begun an afternoon statement to reporters lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul plan when some kind of rodent — opinions differ on which — dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside the Oval Office.
As photographers snapped away, the critter trundled straight past the gray podium with the presidential seal and made a bee-line for another set of bushes to Obama’s left.
Obama then scurried back into his office:
And he concluded his statement minutes later, returning to his office without answering a few shouted questions on other topics.
The rat wasn’t the only one scurrying; The market went down like a lead balloon upon the financial reform news and dropped 3.6%:
Slowdown Fear Hits Market
U.S. Stocks in First ‘Correction’ Since the Bull Began; Currencies Gyrate Sharply.