Iraqi Reporter Hurls Shoes at Bush

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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A surprise visit by US President George Bush to Iraq has been overshadowed by an incident in which two shoes were thrown at him during a news conference.

See the video HERE.

An Iraqi journalist was wrestled to the floor by security guards after he called Mr Bush “a dog” and threw his footwear, just missing the president.

The soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture.

In the middle of the news conference the reporter stood up and shouted “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” before hurtling his shoes at Mr Bush, narrowly missing him.

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50 Responses to Iraqi Reporter Hurls Shoes at Bush

  1. DMason says:

    ROFLMAO! This reporter is my hero! ^5^! 😉

  2. Gizmo says:

    Maybe my hero, Helen Thomas will hurl something at Bush during his last White House press conference?

    That would make my day!

  3. Rachel says:

    I hope each year of Bush’s post-presidential life is filled with incidences such as this one. He deserves no peace and a retirement that includes many pies tossed in his face. I also hope his Dallas neighbors shun him.

  4. btlowery says:

    Interestingly, I think this incident says more about what Iraq has become than what Bush did to Iraq. A place where you can actually insult leaders and live to see another day. Ironically, an act of protest reassures the goals of the person he is protesting.

    See the Dicta.

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    You know what I find curious?

    I clicked the link and Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki just stands there, unflinching, whereas Bush ducks in terror.

    Maliki must have known the airborne shoes weren’t intended for him but for his guest. Too funny!

  6. kellybelle says:

    I can’t breathe, LOL, ROTFLMAO!

  7. Area 51 Native says:

    Karma, baby. This is pure karma!

  8. No Nonsense says:

    How frakking funny? I just kept hitting replay. The first shoe missed him by a hair.

  9. TOM339 says:

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!

    The asshole deserved it.

    I hope this is just the beginning of the ridicule he receives in the coming years.

    What a despicable excuse for a human being.

  10. Brigadoon says:

    What’s this? An Iraqi throws his shoes at Bush’s head? I guess this means Rumsfeld was wrong after all. We weren’t greeted as liberators with rose petals thrown at our feet. It turned out to be shoes!

  11. Roger says:

    I just wish the damn shoe had hit the damned bastard.

  12. Sarge says:

    He has a good arm and had some decent spin on both throws. It is a shame he didn’t bean GW good. I have been following this story all day and learned that throwing a shoe at someone is the ultimate form of insult in Arabic cultures. The man also called Bush a dog.
    That is a shame. Dogs are man’s best friend and great, loyal, companions. If I were a dog I think I would feel insulted. That reporter needs to work on his aim and make a public apology to all of the dogs on this planet for calling Bush one of them…

    Sarge
    Indianapolis

  13. mbmdl says:

    It’s a stocking stuffer for us Bush haters! Now, this is my idea of an early Christmas gift. Thank you, to the Iraq reporter. You sir, a wonderful man!

  14. Fran says:

    The reporter also yelled this is from the Widows, Orphans & those who were killed.

    That reporter must now be a National hero in Iraq.

    CSPAN posted a longer version from a different angle…. showed blood on the floor of where the reporter was knocked down, and after taken out of the room, a strange prolonged sick Bush laughter segment.

  15. R.J. says:

    This was hilarious. I just hope Sandy Alderson wasn’t watching or else that Iraqi reporter is going to be the third pitcher in the San Diego Padres starting rotation next year.

  16. Joe in Colorado says:

    This is a riot! Made my morning to see the video. I am very proud of the reporter for doing what the U.S. media failed to do all these years. I would very much like to extend a gratitude meal to this man at my home if he decides to visit America.

  17. VicoDANIEL says:

    Does this mean Bush will use his influence to have shoes banned by residents in his new, suburban Dallas neighborhood?

    I wouldn’t put it passed him to try an Orwellian stunt like this.

    All I can say is, Hallelujah! Rock on, Iraq!

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  18. Ypsilanti says:

    George knows how to duck:

    1. Vietnam
    2. the Nat’l Guard
    3. Drugs
    4. Booze
    5. Responsibility for the economy
    6. Torture
    7. The National Debt

    He’s not the “Decider,” he’s the Ducker.

  19. taco says:

    He’s not the “Decider,” he’s the Ducker.

    He’s the Lame Ducker.

  20. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Bush reaction to the event was odd to say the least.

    Reporters in Baghdad can hurl their shoes at him and call him names but if you’re an American and Bush is making some stupid appearance at some city or town and you’re caught flipping him the bird, the Secret Service will arrest you for making terrorist threat.

  21. Sheila Hanchard says:

    Well – it seems Bush finally found those weapons of mass destruction!

  22. Cheryl Anne says:

    The reporter s/b considered a hero – what the hell is he doing in jail? Let him out!

    bushie deserves a lot more than just having a shoe thrown at him – he needs to come up before a war crimes tribunal and have the book thrown at him!

  23. Hannah Stevens says:

    The wrong person is in jail. It should be bush who is in jail. And then he didn’t have a clue as to why the man threw the shoe at him. I keep asking how this man got in office, but I guess i really know the answer and it is multifaceted. With the help of the Supreme court and the religious right. I wonder if Laura is going to divorce him. This first lady does; a must read The president’s Wife. Go to http://www.presidentswife.com

  24. justaperson says:

    Regardless of Bush, the US. did liberate Iraq, Correct? And all they do is bitch and complain (and throw things). What an ungreatful bunch of people, honestly. Is their life worse now? I’m sure that thanks to the US, their childrens or grandchildrens life will be much better. I think the show-offs should keep their shoes on, now that they are allowed to have them.

  25. Average American says:

    These kind of cultural “throw backs” make you realize these people almost require a dictator to control them.

    Their mindset is so antiquated from years of oppressive government, media and religious control that any real observation of democracy will be generations away.

    The question is “do we have the fortitude to keep working with Iraq in order to bring them up to a civilized level of world acceptance?”

    Not likely, especially under the incoming “cut-n-run” U.S. Administration.

    So, look for another dictator to rise to power within the next 10 years or so.

    It’s funny to watch the democrats play social engineer with the U.S. (Fair Housing Act), but get cold feet in parts of the world that actually need their meddling.

  26. Globalblog says:

    No matter how much Mr. Bush is hated in America, but when a shoe is thrown on an American President it is a direct insult to the Americans and Americans cannot shy away from it.
    Think about it.

  27. J J says:

    If it were me, I will throw Iraqi death body to him. There are so many Iraqi killed by American invasion. Saddam Hussein hanged for killing 100+ human. American invasion of Iraq kill 1,000,000 human, why the killer still going around giving speech ? Because he is a whitemen? Iraq has become a killing field, massacre and genocide since the invasion. That is what the American & European turn Iraq into. Whitemen create bloodshed all over the world since 16th century until now. Thank God now USA is imploding and falling a part, that is karma. Wall Street is the head quarter of the world ponzi scheme, it has always been. I guess this Iraq reporter will soon be secretly send to Guantanamo Gulag concentration camp by CIA. Why Human Right Watch and Reporter Without Border never protest the lock up of this Iraq reporter illegally by USA’s puppet government in Iraq ? Why they will protest very quickly if a white reporter got lock up somewhere ? Because HRQ and RWB are propaganda wing of Neo Nazi.

  28. BLAKE says:

    To:
    President George Bush

    December 15, 2008

    MR. BUSH ITS A SHAME BOTH SHOES DID NOT HIT YOU IN YOUR FACE. YOUR A VILE AND REPUGNANT . YOUR IRAQ WAR FOLLY HAS KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE AND WE ALL KNOW IT WAS FOR THE OIL. YOU AND YOUR ILK WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS WAR CRIMINALS!

    SINCERELY,
    AN AMERICAN PATRIOT

  29. Globalblog says:

    Today the world is going through toughest financial crisis.Escalating fuel prises & the worst hit are the Americans & Europeans….
    If we had Saddam still in Iraq, Taliban in Afghanistan, then you have Iran, North Korea, Pakistan & the AlQaida you name it.
    Think about it…Americans would have had their ……

  30. Aunt Peg says:

    I disagree, GlobalBlog.

    I am an American and I wasn’t insulted. In fact, I found it refreshing to see Bush confronted by the sort of hatred the majority of the world holds for him.

    If only the Washington Press Corp had been so demonstrative these past 8 years.

  31. David says:

    The Iraqi government called the shoe-throwing incident a “barbaric act”. Okay…

    It maddens me no end that the shoe-thrower is in custody yet Bush, with the blood of thousands upon thousands of innocent people, continues to evade justice. :/

  32. justaperson says:

    I agree with all the Bush bashing. However, In reality, the Iraqis are now in a better position. Where would that journalist be right now if he had thrown his shoes at Saddam? Would anyone dare to protest the journalists fate?

  33. Jenna Bush Stole My ID says:

    Yes, you make the argument Bush “liberated” Iraq but what replaced the awful Saddam Hussein?

    Crime, cholera, unsafe drinking water, only 4 hours a day of electricity, no physicians, no psychiatrists, and no employment. Sounds like nirvana.

  34. Ulysses Washed Ashore says:

    There was a poll a while back and I wish I had saved it to post here that asked Iraqis if life was better for them now that Saddam is gone and the American military occupies their country.

    By a huge margin, the majority of average Iraqis said the quality of their lives was better under the rule of Saddam.

    This isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement of Bush’s liberation, is it?

    I will look to see if I can find the poll and I will post it here if I’m successful.

  35. Larry says:

    lmfao hhahahah

  36. justaperson says:

    I’m certainly not endorsong Bush. Granted, he should have approached Iraq differently (if at all), and he probably shouldn’t be visiting a country he ruined in the short term. But the future will probably be brighter for their children now that Saddam is gone, and once Bush is gone…

  37. Estacada says:

    I’m no fan of Colin “My Lai Massacre” Powell but he hit the nail on the head vis a vis Iraq when he said:

    “You break it; you own it.”

    Well, it’s broken and now we own it.

    If you want to know how this works just ask the British. They owned what is now Iraq and they couldn’t wait to get rid of it.

  38. Mike Licht says:

    The Iraqi Government must give the press and Green Crescent access to Mr. al-Zaidi to guarantee his health in captivity. The man was abducted and tortured by militia thugs last year; government thugs will do likewise if unrestrained.

  39. Raymondo99025 says:

    Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner was impressed with the pitch:

    “He had great velocity and good movement. The first shoe was high and outside but the second one was right down the middle.”

    The Yankee boss said that he was also impressed with Mr. al-Zeidi’s fighting spirit when Secret Service agents tackled him.

    “Might come in handy in a game against Boston.”

  40. Big Hank says:

    Raymondo – LMAO! Good one.

  41. New Year Gift says:

    This is the best new year gift to President Bush which he will never forget.. more than 200,000 Iraqi people were killed due to un planed war and Mr. Bush never remember them so this shoes will stay in his mind forever.

  42. Tiny Dancer says:

    At last, we can say with pride, Mission Accomplished!

  43. Stradella says:

    This chump ass motherfucker is lucky the reporter didn’t throw the body parts of dead Iraqi soldiers at him.

    Bush is in for a long, miserable retirement.

  44. globalblog says:

    The fate of a nation lies at the hand’s of it’s own citizen.
    The Iraqis had a choice to make after the liberation of Iraq from Saddam. They chose Terrorism & Mayhem instead of nation building hence damage control.
    There is no justification for the action by the journalist.

  45. seywan says:

    There is no justification for the action by the journalist.

    You know nothing about this region of the world.

    Perhaps you should educate yourself and then post again because your ignorance is showing.

  46. globalblog says:

    Seywan

    Well your region is very much in the world news alright!
    Blame your own leaders & local decision makers & yourself go start developing your community make positive change, if you are from the GCC then you better thank your leaders for their visionary insight and developing your countries.
    Oil is no good if it is not consumed and the largest consumers are the Americans & Europeans and thanks to them some part of your region is well developed.

  47. burnzorz says:

    Global Blog, your ignorance is appalling, you sound like a racist person and a zealot. Your post echoes likeness to the concepts of manifest destiny, and the white mans burden, and uses those as combined justification for the killing of innocents, rampant genocide, and civil war. I am not a Mulism, I am not a Christian either. But the fact that you cannot denounce a mass murderer, because people fight against him with acts of terrorism is astounding. In case you failed to remember, the founding of America was due completely to a guerrilla movement and terrorist acts (Boston Tea Party). The turning point of the revolutionary war was when George Washington crossed the Delaware on an early Christmas morning, to kill the thousands of drunk Hessian mercenaries and take their weapons/food/blankets. If America can kill you in your sleep on Christmas, I fail to see how fighting in a resistance movement against an illegal war is such an awful thing. Not to mention during Saddam’s reign, they could run hospitals without doctors being shot, disease did not run rampant. And the Tigris river did not clog up in artificial dams with the bodies of innocents and become completely putrefied because the bodies started rotting. During Saddam’s reign, terrorists along with dissenters were rounded up and shot immediately (now the government leaves them alone because they outnumber the government). During Saddam’s reign people had jobs, women were free from Islamic customs, and the country was one of the most educated in all of the Arab world. If you gave up your freedom of thought and you were mostly okay in Saddam’s government. However, no matter what you do, you can be raped, killed, and even burned alive. In one incident, US soldiers were responsible for such an act, where they killed a family, gang raped a 14 year old girl, and set her on fire after they were done with her. They were all convicted, but the act inspired many suicide bombings from outraged citizens across the country. But I’m sure the Iraqi people have lots to be thankful for. Rampant disease, food rationing, death squads in police uniforms, having to vote in elections (under mortar fire and attack) in order to receive food rations, genocide, civil war, unsanitary water, the rise of Islamic extremist movements in their country, and their country becoming the front lines for a war on terrorism (a war an an idea) which ultimately, can never be won. They have SOOO much to thank us for, I bet they are just about ready to give us their fucking shoes!

  48. globalblog says:

    Terrorism came before war in this case. Terrorism Paved the way for this war or any war. Terrorist never surfaced overnight!
    Where were you when 9/11 happened? USS Cole was attacked? or Bali or UK or Spain or India or US embassies? and what are your thoughts on Global Terror? When Saddam Gassed his own people?
    Look, I am no legitimizing any war, but remember you cannot clap with one hand.

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