12.14.2008

Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoe at Bush During Press Conference

This is my favorite news story of the year (next to Obama beating the Clinton machine & trouncing McCain). It's a shame the shoe didn't hit the idiot in chief in his smug face.

From Think Progress:

CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware reports this afternoon that during a press conference with Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an Iraqi man threw a shoe at Bush, but “it just sailed past his head”:



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It was a Iraqi journalist! HuffPo has more:

BAGHDAD — His legacy forever linked to an unpopular war, President George W. Bush visited Iraq under intense security Sunday and declared that a long, hard conflict is necessary to protect the United States and give Iraqis hope. "The war is not over," he said.

Bush got a size-10 reminder of the fervent opposition to his policies when a man threw two shoes at him _ one after another _ during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "This is the end!" shouted the man, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.

Bush ducked both throws. Neither leader was hit. In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt; Iraqis whacked a statue of Saddam Hussein with their shoes after U.S. marines toppled it to the ground in 2003.

UPDATE: Here's the video (via MSNBC) and it seems Dana Perino got a black eye in the process (lol):

Here's another video from a different angle, via the NY Times.

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