MSNBC just interrupted programming to show footage of this. Its a must see. Bush is quick, he ducks, he’s almost smiling, you know that smug look he has and for the second shoe- he barely ducks and deflects w/his hand. Cool as a cucumber. You’d think he’d be a lot more worried about something that ‘out of hand’ happening. I guess there’s the comfort of what I’m sure are some massive security procedures for such a proceeding in Baghdad of all places. But at the same time, I sure didn’t see any Secret Service diving in front of him. Aren’t they supposed to be ‘at the ready’– ready to take a bullet or a shoe for that guy? One guy dashes up there after the 2nd shoe drops but he seems to re-think it a bit and just sort of stands beside the podium.
Bush apparently jokingly responded by saying– All I can tell you is that its a size 10! Really? What size do you wear George? Are you saying yours is bigger?
This is what the man shouted as he threw his shoes- This is a farewell kiss you dog! In Arab culture the sole of the shoe is considered a high insult. Um, thanks for de-coding that for us MSNBC – what tipped you off on the insult front? I think throwing your shoes at someone’s head is a pretty clear insult in any language. YOU PIECE OF SHOE!!
They are now reporting that this Iraqi reporter had recently been captured and tortured. Yikes. That country is a mess– good job Bushie!
This was supposed to be a big moment w/a big statement from Bush about the “success” of the Iraq war and a moment for Bush’s legacy– the signing of some big agreement– defining a peace agreement between our 2 countries. Well this is quite a different statement. Karma anyone?