Donald Rumsfeld finished his daily briefing of the president with a quick comment that 3 Brazilian soldiers had been killed in Iraq. The president first stared blankly, then appeared stunned. He turned pale, he buried his face in his hands.
Unaccustomed to such emotional displays, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the others began to shift uneasily. After almost a minute, GWB, his eyes brimming with the promise of tears, asked, "Remind me: How many is a brazillion?"