As in the rodent kind of rat. Not what most people are thinking.
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.
It's not clear if the president could even see the streaker, but he didn't show any reaction.
I can answer that. Of course he didn't see the rat. His eyes were trained on the teleprompter, saying the words that someone wrote for him.