Bush Gets Shoed In Iraq!

United States
December 14, 2008 4:52pm CST
I was just reading an article on Yahoo. Apparently President Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and they gave a press conference. A journalist threw his shoes at President Bush. If you want to read more about it then you can at this link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/bush What do you think about Bush getting shoed?
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• United States
14 Dec 08
His stance there is not very favorable with most people. They; too, feel like this is an unjust war. You know something, this dude may have been someone that lost most or some of his family in this war. Can you really blame him? I don't!
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• United States
14 Dec 08
I agree, I can't say that I blame him either. Thanks for commenting!
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• United States
14 Dec 08
This was just recently on the news and I watched it. Personally, I thought that it was very entertaining and funny. Unlike most people, I actually like Presedent Bush, and think that he is a smart man. I think this incedent shows the people that there are some people out there who will do anything to get attention for just fifteen minutes in fame. There are a number of things that people do in life for attention, and every person in the world can fall into this category.
• Italy
15 Dec 08
Incredible... but a bit funny :P
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15 Dec 08
I was shocked when I saw it, it just caught me by suprise. I saw an interview with Bush after the accident. Bush said he found it humourous and said he knew not everyone in the country is like that. He says he respects free speech and free thinking, and gave an example of a similar incident outside the whitehouse with the chinese president I think it was...
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@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
14 Dec 08
I would think that was not very nice. Bush has been insulted since he first started office, he has been blamed for America's woes, he was thought too weak, and when he started the war on false information or incomplete information that there were weapons of mass destruction, he got blamed for that as well. Yet if the States had not gone after the terrorists in the Middle East, he would have been blamed. OH and if Bush puts in some laws that will hurt Americans, I do not blame him. It is getting even.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
15 Dec 08
I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard. Sign this guyup for the Red Sox!
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@CRSunrise (2969)
• United States
15 Dec 08
My husband got a chuckle out of the tidbit they ran on the news. I'm not sure what I think yet.
@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
15 Dec 08
On a positive note, the man still has good reflexes...except when eating pretzels. I personally don't like him, so I thought it was humorous. What did he expect? Americans are not very welcomed there in general.
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@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
15 Dec 08
That just goes to show you that there are alot of unsatified people. Personally I think he is a great ducker. LOL
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@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Dec 08
ohhh..i guess Bush is not really welcome in Iraq despite of everything he had done(downfall of a dictator and everyhting)..im not in favor of the war either..but i guess the president cant please everybody ..
@1corner (744)
• Canada
14 Dec 08
I just saw it on MSNBC - wow, what a bold gesture on that journalist's part! And only when the 2nd shoe had been thrown did people start springing into action, i.e. stop the attacker, protect the outgoing president. How's that for security? Some even, being journalists and obviously seizing the opportunity, just took photos of it. Pres. Bush didn't even duck much on the 2nd throw, but still didn't get hit. Well, what can one say? Damage has already been done, worse on the Iraqis' side, and probably the journalist's, not too much on Bush. Guess all his (the journalist's) pent-up anger compelled him towards this act. He probably didn't want to really hit the president, just send his message. Doesn't look like there's much sympathy going to the president, though. Even the female reporter delivering this video reacted with what sounded like a chuckle in her voice, before turning it off and on again. By the way, Bush himself poked fun at the event by saying all he knew about it was that the shoes were a size 10.
@anniepa (27279)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Would you believe I got three phone calls this evening from friends and relatives who wanted to know if I'd seen this! I guess we can put this journalist down as one of those who didn't greet us as liberators? Hmm... Since throwing a shoe at someone is a big insult in Iraq this guy must really have a strong dislike of our thankfully soon-to-be-former fearless leader. I know everyone in Iraq doesn't feel as he does but I'll bet there are quite a few who do. Annie
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
15 Dec 08
maybe he was a supporter of Sadam and was mad to be just an average citizen now.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Yeah, I guess he wasn't part of the crowd that attacked Hussein's statue with shoes when it was toppled.
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@gtdonna (1740)
15 Dec 08
I honestly found it funny and just couldn't stop laughing. According to Ny Times Hitting someone with a shoe is a deep insult in the Arab world, signifying that the person being struck is as low as the dirt underneath the sole of a shoe. So that says just how much they think about him
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
16 Dec 08
No, it says how much that ONE person thinks of him. This jerk wasn't an elected official and I Don't see why you think he represents the opinions of everyone in Iraq.
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@heyurock (85)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I thought it was quite funny....especially that through the whole ordeal, the expression on Bush's face never changes. He bends down to avoid the "shoeing", which as I understand is like giving the finger - it is a sign of disrespect, and when he stands back up, he appears unshaken, unshocked, and almost appears to have a smirk on his face....what an arrogant sob - he is such a joke!
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
17 Dec 08
By not showing fear he is arrogant? He in effect told the guy you took your best shot and I am not afraid of you.
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@ParaTed2k (22979)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 Dec 08
It's one of the worst insults an Arab or Persian person can cast on a person. Prs. Bush did take it well, since no one can insult a person without their permission, but the intent and message was clear. If he had of done this to royalty or government officials in most Arab or Persian nations, he would have been arrested and beaten. (((Throws a shoe at everyone who agreed with this "journalist"))))
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
17 Dec 08
What would the world reaction be if the President hosted a dinner for the Arab leaders and served pork? Maybe we should react the same way they did over the cartoons in the Danish papers and burn the Muslims business and put a price ho the mans head. What does this say about Americans who support violence and insults against our leaders? This incident show Presidents Bush's understand of the culture when he stopped the Secret Service and recognized that this was not a physical threat to him but rather an insult that he choose to ignore and make light of with his comment "it was a size 10 shoe". He also understood that if he showed fear or panicked he would embolden them more. He stood up to them and said I am not afraid of you. Unlike Speaker Pelosi who went to Arab Capitals and by her actions told the people that I am just like you - subservient to the men - by the way she dressed and acted. She adopted the local dress and acted like person begging for approval instead of the leader that she was. Outward actions are very important to some cultures and if you show weakness or fear they will press the attack and not respect you. When you listen to criminals about their crimes that will tell you that they look for the people who show fear. Most of the time they will not attack a woman alone who walks with confidence but looks for the ones that appear to be timid. President Bush sent a very strong message by stank up to the shoe thrower and saying I am not afraid, terrorist if you want to attack me I will not back up or run away.
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@Thumper11 (662)
• United States
14 Dec 08
I too actually like president Bush. I don't agree with all that he has done, but I do support him. I have to respect the man. Running the United States of America is a hard job. You can't make everyone happy, no matter what you do! I do think that he should be a bit more careful though... I watched the news coverage and those flying shoes came pretty close to hitting him. I just hope that they guy was at least punished a little bit.
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• United States
14 Dec 08
You are so right! You can't make everyone happy and being the president has to be a hard job right? Thanks for the comment!
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• United States
20 Dec 08
Bush didn't seem at all bothered by the incident. If anything, it appeared as though he was playing a game of dodge shoes and he won.
• United States
17 Dec 08
I think that it is amazing that America is turning it into a joke. I mean I have to admit that I found it amusing, especially the commercial where it shoes what looks like an athlete in the locker room getting ready for an important event and then they show the clip of the President getting shoes thrown at him, I'm not going to lie and say that I didn't laugh, but if you think about it, what other country would allow their president to be mocked like that? A lot of people don't approve of President Bush, but shouldn't there be a limit to how far people will go to show their disresect for him? I was impressed with his ducking skills and his ability to laugh at the whole incident. But what would you do if someone threw their shoes at you? Despite what you may have done to them in the past, you'd want to pop them in the face huh? People forget the President Bush is a human being. We need to remember that when we find things like this acceptable.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Oh, girl i just did this same discussion lol. yeah, i think that i can see where he'd have beef with bush but he needs to learn to keep his professional & personal life seperate. I think i just saw on the news that he was arrested & may face up to 2 yrs.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I saw this on the news yesterday right after it happened. And while I'm not a supporter of Bush, and never have been, this makes me angry. He is still our President and as such deserves to be treated respectfully. I hope this man is punished for his insult.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I'm just glad that Bush successfully dodged the shoe. It would have been embarrassing if it had connected and would have then been replayed a million times and reenacted on SNL regularly. I wonder what will happen to this guy. Attacking a foreign head of state is a serious crime regardless of whether it's a shoe or something deadly. If someone in the US attacked say, Putin while he was visiting it would be a major international incident and you can be rest assured that guy would spend a long time in a federal prison for potentially sparking an international incident.
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