White House pranksters wrapped White House political maven Karl Rove's black Jaguar in plastic wrap on Wednesday on the private driveway next to the West Wing.
Rove's car was easily recognisable. Besides the clear-plastic sheen, it bore a bumper sticker that said "I love Barack Obama" and had twin stuffed-animal bald eagles on the trunk.
Oh, and there was a stuffed-animal elephant on the hood, the Republican party symbol possibly placed there to offset the Democratic presidential candidate's bumper sticker. For the record, as the top White House political strategist to Republican President George W Bush, Rove is not an Obama supporter.
Rove, who recently announced his resignation, left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and travelling with Bush.
He returned to the White House early this evening, ventured out to the driveway and, wearing a big smile, began unwrapping the car. Rove got some help from a few eager children who had come by the White House to watch the president's arrival on the South Lawn in the Marine One helicopter.
Rove seemed to assign blame for the prank on Al Hubbard, chairman of Bush's National Economic Council. He playfully pointed the finger at Hubbard while the kids ripped off the plastic wrap.
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