posted by M. | 8:23 AM
He was the sole survivor.
I'm lying in my bed last night and I think about this image, of our nation's leader avoiding a full-frontal assault by a pair of shoes, and I begin to laugh. I laugh hard. I find that I cannot stop laughing. This footage provides a kind of political and human carthasis that you can't replicate. If you can, find the video where you can hear the guy moaning and squealing out in the hall as Bush starts talking. That's priceless, too.Great headline on this one, Matt.
Didn't the Iraq government have sesurity check on those people in attendance for this meeting? This is crazy that this person would be so angry at someone that they would throw their shoes at them.This is not a good way to express ones self, nor is it in gesturing either!! I was taught to have better manners!!Hate is such a overwhelming emotion and this man must really dislike our Pres. But there were other channels for him to use. The media they were there,and to speak with the Pres. after the meeting even. Hatred is what creates violence and war and we have seen enough of that!!This action is ridiculous and does not belong in a formal meeting of any type.This Mat is no assassination attempt, just a childish man throwing shoes at someone he doesn't understand and doesn't care to undedrstand.We have a lot of people here like that in the U. S. and that is scary because we never know when someone may fly off and kill anyone of us. Roadrage, and other violent acts are all around us everyday and we cannot live in fear all the time but it does exist!!
Who throws a shoe? Honestly........
The guy WAS the media! He knows that an article in the paper is as worthless as losing one's shoes. Performance art.
The Pirates should sign that fucker up. He could be the ace of the rotation by 2010.I wish American journalists were this entertaining. I can just picture Helen Thomas smacking Dana Perino in the face with her notbook after calling her a lying trollop.
You folks have to remember, not every body is an American. Iraqis throw their shoes as a sign of contempt. They threw them at the statue of Hussein when it came down, too. And if someone declared war on my country, and killed my countrymen because of some misguided sense of revenge, I'd have a lot of contempt for that person too. It's not "childish", it's a cultural tradition that goes back many years.
I hope that guy gets charged with an assault on the President.My guess is that if an American journalist threw a shoe at Saddam Hussein when he was President (even though he wouldn't let a Western journalist ask him questions), then he would penalize them with death.I'm not asking for death. I hope he goes to jail and loses his job and press privledges though. That's ridiculous. To my knowledge, Hitler never had a shoe thrown at him.
Throwing shoes or hitting someone with a shoe is the ultimate showing of disrespect in the Arab culture.As much as I dislike the president, I was very impressed with his reflexes. Politicians are good at ducking, but thats normally just a metaphor.I'm less impressed with the security at there...if you could get two shoes off, how many shots could someone get off before they were stopped?
Maybe one of the local news reporters can throw their shoes at Surace.I'm sorry; I simply cannot stop watching this video.
"Who throws a shoe?"Showing someone the sole of your shoe is a symbol of disrespect in the Muslim world. If you remember correctly, they showed footage of Iraqis toppling a statue of Saddam in the wake of the fall of Baghdad. They were beating the statue with their shoes in a sign of disrespect. I would imagine hitting somone in the face with a shoes is taken to be especially egregious in Muslim cultures. Hence the shoe tossing.
Yes Us Can said..."Who throws a shoe?"This is a line from the timeless classic-Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery. YouTube it if you have never seen it. Perhaps if you've ever watched a James Bond movie, you might think this is funny.Suspicious Mind made a great point. It is interesting to see someone "get away" with throwing a shoe. I'm sure the guy will be punished in some manner, but probably not in the way he would be had Saddam not been overthrown. The punishment for that could be acid bath, eye gouging, or the ever popular Falaqa. How happy the people of Iraq are that they can now throw their shoes without such consequences.
I missed the humor! I dont care where this scum is from, he should locked away for a very long time. I dont care if you like Bush or not, this should piss everyone off that it happened. Too many of our soldiers have died, or been severely injured in Iraq. Six years ago not too many people were against this war! I for one want to see all of the soldiers home as soon as possible, but it isnt going to happen real soon!
To t0his is BS...our soldiers wouldn't even BE over there if it weren't for George Bush getting revenge on a country that had nothing at all to do with Sept. 11, and had no weapons of mass destruction. Those soldiers you're crying about wouldn't be injured or dead if that president you're so worried about hadn't sent them there in the first place. What in the hell was Bush doing in Iraq the other day anyway? Trying to make his legacy look a little bit better? Sorry, lame duck, but its too late.
I hope they have that shoe-thrower's testicles hooked up to a BIG battery somewhere.Where's the gratitude?
The gratitude will go to the journalist who threw the shoes, not to George Bush. The reason this video will be the supreme iconic legacy of the war in Iraq is precisely because nearly everyone on the planet wishes they could have been the one who threw the shoe.
That's the problem Matt, you can dislike the President's policy but don't dislike the person. We've lost focus on that. This was an outright assault on the President of the United States and I find that appalling. I saw what Hussein did to his own people with nerve gas he had no problem developing nerve gas and using it. Santions weren't working. People were upset that we were attacked on our own land and we didn't know. It's faulty intelligence that led us to this war. Heaven help us if nerve gas ever makes it into the hands of terrorist and our intelligence was as bad as it was on 9/11.
No Matt... the REAL irony is that Bush gave this ungrateful malcontent the freedom to throw his shoes at him and not get killed for it! Imagine if he tried that with Saddam....I love how GW was so cool and quick to duck...smoooooth!!
ELONATIVE - Why should the man be grateful? Since the occupation the man has been kidnapped and held for three days by al Queda in Iraq - who was not a presence in the country until the invasion - and was illegally detained by U.S. forces who later apologized. He's getting it from both sides, all because some half-retarded, wannabe cowboy dreamed up the proposterous idea that he could export American-style democracy to the Middle East. Not to mention, the hundreds of thousands of his own countrymen who have died since the invasion. But none of that should matter, right? I'm sure you would be thrilled to have an occupying force in your back yard, kidnapping you, fomenting a civil war in your homeland and blowing up homes, businesses and neighbors, friends, family, ect.. You Betcha You Would! "I love how GW was so cool and quick to duck"As Letterman said, "I don't think Bush really has dodged anything like that, well, since the Vietnam War."
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