I wonder if the Iraqi journalist who threw not one, but both shoes at George Bush had been practising. After all both shoes would’ve hit Bush if he hadn’t ducked. From 12 feet away, that’s a pretty good shot. Bush’s ducking reflex was pretty quick too. If I didn’t know better I’d say he was like one of those old vaudeville performers who knew when the rotten eggs were coming in his performance.
The N.Y. Times reports that his comments in Arabic were rather piquant:
“This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” He then threw a shoe at Mr. Bush, who ducked and narrowly avoided it.
As stunned security agents and guards, officials and journalists watched, Mr. Zaidi then threw his other shoe, shouting in Arabic, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”
I wonder if we can have a mini-competition in the comment thread about what you would’ve thrown at Bush if you’d had the chance. I’ll start with a few suggestions:
1. the book
2. cream pie
3. the baby AND the bath water (sorry for mixing my metaphors)
4. rotten eggs
5. rotten tomatoes
Your suggestions please.
Ever the joker, Bush claimed that the surge was ““one of the greatest successes in the history of the United States military.” Bigger than the Battle of the Bulge or Midway? Bigger than Gettysburg? Bigger than D-Day? Imagine what serious military historians are saying about this. Either Bush has no idea of U.S. military history or he’s a jackass or a two-bit self-serving hack politician. Take your pick.
The N.Y. Times indicates that the Iraqi journalist was roughed up pretty badly after the fact and is still in custody.