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Idiotic? Shoe Betcha!

By Wyatt Earp | December 15, 2008

Maybe you heard the story about the “journalist” who threw his shoes at President Bush? Yeah, I laughed, too. Here’s the gist of it:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at — but missed — President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit.

Bush ducked, and the shoes, flung one at a time, sailed past his head during the news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his palace in the heavily fortified Green Zone.

The shoe-thrower — identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network — could be heard yelling in Arabic: “This is a farewell … you dog!”

While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: “You killed the Iraqis!”

Al-Zaidi was dragged away. While al-Zaidi was still screaming in another room, Bush said: “That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know.” (H/T - CNN)

There is a video of the incident circulating the internet, but I was able to land some rare, unseen footage of the assault - courtesy of Uncle Ray. The footage is below the fold.


Heh, classic.

Topics: Politics |

7 Responses to “Idiotic? Shoe Betcha!”

  1. RT Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 8:56 pm


  2. Deanna Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    President Bush was quick which was a good thing because his Secret Service definitely were NOT!

  3. Sssteve Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    HA HA!!

  4. Ky Person Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Bush was quick. So was the press who, by the tone of last night’s broadcast, would all like to pin a medal on the guy and make him a star on CNN.

  5. Doghouse Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at — but missed — President Bush

    See, who says journalists are liberal or express bias?

  6. Lergnom Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Did you see the guy who was closest to the shoe tosser? He had a knife about a foot long in his right hand, looked like. I’d sure like to know whose security team that guy was on.
    A buddy of mine who worked Housing had something like that on his duty belt for a while.

  7. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    RT - Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

    Deanna - Yeah, they definitely stuck their foot in their mouth. Bawahahahahahaha!

    Sssteve - Nice, huh?

    KY Person - He’ll have his own show in 3 . . . 2 . . .

    Doghouse - The only surprise is that it didn’t happen here.

    Lergnom - Ya can never go wrong with a big, scary blade.