White House pranksters covered Rove's Jaguar in plastic wrap on the private driveway next to the West Wing. Rove's car was adorned with an "I love Barack Obama" bumper sticker and twin stuffed-animal eagles on the trunk. Oh, and there was a stuffed-animal elephant on the hood.
Rove, the top White House political strategist who recently announced his resignation, had left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and traveling with President Bush.
He got back to the White House early Wednesday evening, ventured out to the driveway and - with 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 Bush arrive on the South Lawn in the Marine One helicopter.
Rove seemed to assign blame for the prank to Al Hubbard, the chairman of Bush's National Economic Council. Rove playfully pointed the finger at Hubbard while the kids ripped off the plastic wrap.