What Do You Think of the Shoe-Throwing Incident with President Bush in Iraq?

@SeishiroX (1076)
Philippines
December 14, 2008 10:52pm CST
MSNBC has reported that exiting President George W. Bush paid an unannounced visit to Iraq just recently. The same report also showed a video where an Iraqi journalist threw not only one shoe, but two pairs of shoes at the incumbent President. The journalist was said to have shouted, "This is a farewell kiss, you dog!" Personally, I dislike George W. Bush for the unfavorable decisions he have made while in office in the White House. However, I think this kind of behavior is just too barbaric even though I understand the journalist's reasoning behind his actions. So, what do you guys think of this incident?
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5 responses
@iamcucu (194)
• China
15 Dec 08
Even if President Bush made mistakes,he was not supposed to be treat like that,Luckily The President dodged both of the shoes the Iraq journalist throwed(have to admint that Mr.Bush's reaction were so fast)and didn't get hurt.
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
15 Dec 08
Yes, I agree. No matter what decisions he made, things should've been done a bit more formally. Lol, shoe throwing doesn't change anything although the report said the journalist meant the gesture to be symbolic. As Bush said, it was a "size 10."
@iamcucu (194)
• China
16 Dec 08
When something can't be resolved by formal way,some people turn to some extreme ways,that's sad.
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
that's the sad part of life. People are resorting to undesirable ways to get themselves heard. Just recently, where I live, a person took a few people hostage just to get his grievances heard.
@aakay4u (799)
• India
15 Dec 08
It was shocking to see the incident,and more shocking as that journalist was from Egypt,had it been an Iraqi it would have been understandable,because many people know the real reason for plundering Iraq was its Oil wells and not Chemical weapons.But really the way George Bush reacted after the incident,holding his head high can make anyone proud.He maintained the dignity of being the leader of most powerful nation in world.
@iamsree (441)
• India
15 Dec 08
If really had any honour and dignity he would have asked the security guys to release that person , afterall it was justa pair of shoes not acid vitriol or grenade....
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
15 Dec 08
The video only showed us as much. We don't know what happened afterwards. Maybe Bush didn't mind that incident. There's not just any follow-through news. Oh, it was an Egyptian reporter? Dang, my bad with a previous comment. I thought he was an Iraqi because the news headline said it so.
@stiener (735)
• Singapore
15 Dec 08
I guess that is the reality of the end of the Bush chapter in the history of America. Is the journalist a fan of Sadam? I wouldn't be surprise as there are still Iraqis who loves the Sadam rule. Well, the Americans made a wise decision for electing Obama over McCain. The world was looking on as whether the Americans would choose a black to be their leader or politician looking to bring US to another depth. I cannot imagine how McCain tried to convince the people with his policy which will cause the government to be in further depth and creating another bubble to save the present economy. It will be the Bush administration the extended version. I have to agree that Bush had not been very wise in his actions in the recent years. But we should be grateful that his persistance has brought down 2 anti US strongholds in the middle east.
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
It wasn't said if the journalist was a fan of Sadam. Maybe he doesn't like the fact that the US still has control over his country. Yeah, I guess this is the waning pages of Bush's story as the President of the United States. I hope Obama does better.
@redhotpogo (4398)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I think George w. made the best decisions he could. Probably did a better job then anyone that whined about him could ever do, but the shoe throwing thing was funny. come on. who throws shoes? Old ladies? too funny.
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
15 Dec 08
I didn't really find it funny since President Bush is a dignitary. I'd agree he was doing his job even though he had fallen into disfavor with a lot of people. What I found funny though was how Mr. Bush was so quick to dodge. Even at 62, he was still quite quick.
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I think throwing shoes at the president was absolutely childish and immature. I know people have their faults with President Bush, but I don't think throwing shoes at him is any way to deal with it. I wonder what will happen to this journalist now?
@SeishiroX (1076)
• Philippines
15 Dec 08
He's in for some beating and a slap on the wrist, that's what I think. There hasn't been any news about that journalist yet. I think they hushed it up. And oh, I watched the video again. It is said that in Iraqi culture the sole of the shoe relates to some kind of insult, and the act was intended not to injure the President but to insult him. We may never understand that culture, so radically different is it from ours. But yeah, it does look childish.