Bush rolled up his sleeve for photographers Wednesday.
(CNN) – To truly dismiss false reports of a stolen presidential timepiece, a picture is worth a thousand words.
President Bush officially put to rest days of Internet rumors and international reports that his watch had been stolen as he greeted a crowd in Albania over the weekend when, on Wednesday afternoon, he rolled up his sleeves for a photographer, revealing the timepiece in question.
The White House said, indeed, it is the same leather wristwatch he was wearing in Albania.
The picture happened as reporters were leaving an Oval Office event with new White House counselor Ed Gillespie.
According to CNN’s Ed Henry, a Time magazine photographer asked Mr. Bush on the way out, “Do you have the time?”
The president played along and let the photographer snap a shot of the watch.
“I have never seen such a ludicrous story. Unbelievable," the president said.
- Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk