Here Mr Bush, A shoe!

Canada
December 15, 2008 1:51pm CST
Did ANYONE see that on the news? I was just flipping through the channels, noticed something that appeared to be a town hall meeting, with George W Bush, and then seeing a shoe, not just 1, but 2 shoes, flying at him, but it looked like the end of the news program, and it was just showing replays of top news. Did anyone see this? and if you did, could you PLEASE explain to me what the heck was happening? I couldn't help but think of the time when Jean Chretien was pied in the face (coconut cream maybe?) by a protester of sorts a few years back. This made it very clear that they had to step up on the security, and to thank our lucky stars it was just a pie, just like with Bush? Thank goodness it was just a shoe. Now I'm not a fan of Mr Bush, but that doesn't mean I would like to hear that he was shot. That would definitely be unfortunate. And I'll leave it at that (he he). NOW, if anyone knows what that news report was about, please share with me!
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@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
16 Dec 08
The Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the U.S. military. Over time, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a 28-year-old unmarried Shiite, came to hate both the U.S. military occupation and Iran's interference in Iraq, his family told The Associated Press on Monday. Al-Zeidi's act of defiance Sunday transformed an obscure reporter from a minor TV station into a national hero to many Iraqis fed up with the nearly six-year U.S. presence here, but also fearful that their country will fall under Iran's influence once the Americans leave. Several thousand people demonstrated in Baghdad and other cities to demand al-Zeidi's release. The attack was the talk of the town in coffee shops, business offices and even schools — and a subject across much of the Arab world. A charity run by the daughter of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi bestowed a medal of courage on al-Zeidi, calling on the Iraqi government to free him. Those experiences helped mold a deep resentment of both the U.S. military's presence here and Iran's pervasive influence over Iraq's cleric-dominated Shiite community, according to his family. "He hates the American physical occupation as much as he hates the Iranian moral occupation," Dhirgham said, alluding to the influence of pro-Iranian Shiite clerics in political and social life. "As for Iran, he considers the regime to be the other side of the American coin."
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• United States
16 Dec 08
aparantly throwing shoes is a major insult. verry scary that people with that much hate for americans can be in america and so close to our government.
• Canada
16 Dec 08
Thank you for pointing out the "after event" information. I find it rather shocking that a charity, would provoke, and/or encourage that type of behavior!
• United States
17 Dec 08
yw. I didnt realize that this happened in iraq either.
@aidenw (632)
• United States
15 Dec 08
it was during a news conference when an iraqi journalist shouted angrily at bush for killing innocent iraqis and some other accusations, and he called bush 'dog' then threw a shoe at him followed by the other one. the guy was arrested and today a lot of iraqis demostrated on the streets demanding his release. in iraq (and probably the whole arab world) throwing a shoe at someone is considered the biggest insult. bush seemed to take it in stride. he said he didn't feel threatened or insulted, it was no big deal. he even jokingly said it was a size 10 shoe. i'm not a fan of bush either but i wasn't amused at the incident, especially given the fact that it was intended as a big insult. bush is still the president and insulting a president is like insulting the whole country. regardless of how you feel about the war, one thing is for sure: the iraqis were freed from a brutal dictator who had no qualms about torturing and killing his own people. now that they have freedom they use it to insult their liberators?! would they rather still be living in fear under saddam?!
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• India
16 Dec 08
Nobody I’m sure is ‘amused’ by the incident, some feel vindicated, some are aghast and appalled. I am all the three…in reverse order. Nothing personal here and I am not even an American, but I don’t remember the Iraqis actually begging America ever to release them from the clutches of Saddam. Rather they are a fiercely proud, if impoverished nation, who would rather be tortured and die at the hands of their own than being ‘freed and then occupied’ by a foreigner. Like most of us, they too value their independence and I am in agreement with those who think that Bush has carried on this occupation (which shouldn’t have started in the first place) for rather too long
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• India
16 Dec 08
Also, a president may not necessarily be the country he represents…rather he has his own opinion and that of his party which takes precedence. A nation’s flag represents the nation as because presidents, like all people, do come and go.
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• Canada
16 Dec 08
Wow! I have a little debate on my hands....AND I LIKE IT! I honestly am torn to as to whom gets the best response out of this, but I WILL give you both a positive grades for fully participating in the debate! Wow, didn't know that throwing a shoe (specifically) was the biggest insult in the Arab world, I would assume throwing anything with loathing would still be an insult, but a shoe being the biggest. I don't quite understand that one since their ancestors PRIDED on their far journeys, all the way back to biblical times, so much that it was an honor to wash someones feet after a long journey even. But good point to the matter. But I do have to point out that some of them WERE OK with their way of living, some of course weren't, and as you said, "living in fear" would be the exact reason why some weren't fighting back. Because it would have been a bigger threat to stand up, and risk your family, than just going along with life, trying to live quietly so they wouldn't notice you. Actually, I quite agree with sudiptacallingu (gosh, I hope I spelled that right) VERY strong point! I agree with you 100 hundred percent, well argued! I also agree with your point of Mr Bush not representing of how the whole country thinks (because that is certainly NOT the case with the current president, but I do hope so with the new president, since Mr Obama has PLENTY of good ideas) but he does represent of his own values and encourage his party to also see his point of view, which is very easy to do when you are president. I am glad, however, of the stand of some people in his party, when they didn't agree with him. I will admit though....I was amused when I was flipping through the channels, cause I mean, Hello? How often are you going to see something so NOT what you were expecting? Like...and I know this is a bad example, but seeing a lion lick a bear cub? You'd flip back to that to make sure you weren't seeing things right?
@krfanlim (232)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 08
Pretty glad or not if Mr Bush wasn't involved in any worse scenario than that, but there were people who were against this, and also people who hailed that Iraqi journalist as their hero. I didn't read much of it in the newspapers today, but that piece of news sure made its way to the headlines in BOLD!! I wonder what's next would be in the newspapers about that incident. But as i read today, Mr Bush laughed off about that incident after he was asked about it. Now that was weird... laughed off... so he thinks it's a mere joke or something?? Or was he just putting on a show?
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• Canada
16 Dec 08
Honestly, I don't think he has to choice with that reaction, plus he'll have damage control to deal with as well. Because honestly, picture him as an actor, if any of them "flip out" they have to answer for it, look bad in the limelight, get bad publicity, so what else could he POSSIBLY do except act "calm, cool and collective"? He will most likely deal with this at a later date after he has a little meeting with his co-workers, advisers, and I wouldn't be surprised if he did, but with his wife as well, about how to broach this subject with the general public. I know, it's been publicized already, BUT, we still didn't get what he actually felt. Yes, he most likely make a LOT of people mad with his "not being serious with the situation", but he also most likely made the countries government breathe a sigh of relief when they saw that he doesn't take great insult at the action of ONE person, whom doesn't whatsoever represents the country. Public Relations.
• Philippines
15 Dec 08
Yeah, I saw it on the TV awhile ago when I was preparing myself to go to work. Actually, it was an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes to George W. Bush. Luckily, he was not hit. Some of the Iraqi journalists stood up to apologize. Mr Bush said, thanks for apologizing on behalf of the Iraqi people. It doesn't bother me. If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw. LOL. I did not expect that some reporters would eagerly do that in front of the well-known and respected people. :-)
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• Canada
16 Dec 08
Hrm, well known, yes, respected, not quite by experience, but more by his title, unfortunately. I mean if you ARE referring to Mr Bush. And thank you for telling me the size, I shall write that down! He he. But I think it's awesome that the other journalists stood up to make it known that they do NOT associate with dude with the shoe. I think it's awesome though that Mr Bush thanked them for apologizing. I bet he probably looked taken aback when he heard them apologizing as well.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Apparently President Bush was in Iraq and an Iraqi news reporter That is unhappy with the way things are going there Threw the shoes at President Bush when he was joined at the podium by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki."This is a farewell kiss, you dog," he yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq." The Iraqi government is up set about it. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7783608.stm
• Netherlands
15 Dec 08
Actually, it was a news conference in Afghanistan..
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Bush took it well . I am not sure I would have responded that it was funny! I am glad no one was hurt. You never know these days what to expect , do you?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I too am glad it didn't go any further. What else can you do but laugh it off to keep relations good.
• United States
16 Dec 08
I think it was a downright shame! such a lack of respect and show of complete stupidity! I hear that many Muslims are rallying for him (the reporter) and justify the reporter's actions (well, that not surprising!) If anything, it shows their immature mentality. The report went on to say that He called the President a dog (their favorite word) and he (the reporter) thinks that of ALL Americans. Yeah, that there will put all us Americans in our place! LOL!
• Canada
16 Dec 08
Haha, I know eh? It actually reminds me of when my ex called be a "stupid chick", and all I could think of was, "That's the best you can come up with? Really? My goodness you're a child!" lol. And yes, I have also heard about the rallying for him, but I will have to stop at agreeing saying they are all immature. Most of them are not, some of those protesters are most likely family, and friends, trying to calm it down, and saying it's ridiculous to keep him in jail over throwing a shoe, and it IS, BUT, he did technically attack a president, and that is a serious charge, and so he has to take serious consequences. But also stated in an above comment, throwing shoes in their country is also a serious offense, which I think is weird, I also commented on the weirdness above as well ha ha. But I do accept your witty sarcasm and share a chuckle with you! *tips hat*
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
16 Dec 08
I remember that incident with Jean Chretien and the cream pie. As far as Mr. Bush is oncerned I saw the news clip a while ago. I am no friend of Mr. Bush and think the war in Iraq is terrible mistake but at the same time I find it outragious that people do such a thing as throwing stuff at politicians. I am glad also that he was not shot.
• Canada
16 Dec 08
Yes, that gave me a sigh of relief as well, not being shot, because that would be horrifying for Mr Obama when he goes to get sworn in as president. How many assassination attempts have been on HIM already? At least 2 that I heard of.
@melvztab (124)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
i heard that that guy was a victim of a kidnapping and that he was kinda traumatized and he blames someone who he thinks is responsible.
• Canada
16 Dec 08
So....you mean he blames Mr Bush? Or just picking a random important person?
• United States
15 Dec 08
My husband and I saw that last night and supposed he was just ending out his term in Iraq and nobody really knew of it. But while he was saying his goodbyes and stuff a reporter stands up and says this is for all the children, the mothers and so on that were killed in Iraq and he started hurling shoes at President Bush. President Bush of course was dodging each shoe that was thrown at him. They wanted to pull him off, but the president didn't want to leave. He was like its just a size 10 shoe. But yeah thats crazy though.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Dec 08
no, i didnt see it on the news, but i did hear about on several radio stations this morning while i was getting ready for work. does this mean that all the people that are going to Obama's swearing in will have to check their shoes at the door? lol i heard it was an afghani news reporter, but havent heard anything else about it.
• Canada
16 Dec 08
Haha, that would be TOO funny if they did have to check their shoes. Hrm, I should make a note to watch the news during the hearing....