The New Yorker sent their staff writer George Packer and I to meet the President of Afghanistan at the palace in Kabul, here it is in this weeks magazine. I was in the toilet when the president arrived early and his security wouldn't let me back into the building. I was sweating, my first portrait commission for The New Yorker was going to be bust, but after them playing hard ball and me begging and pleading they let me back on the inside and the president’s handlers gave me five minutes with him under the lights. Security wouldn’t allow an assistant although Packer very graciously helped out and we pulled it off. Packer also pulled off an excellent profile well worth a read.