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Posted on Dec 14, 2008
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George W. Bush has always had a rocky relationship with the press, but he probably never saw this coming. During a news conference in Baghdad on Sunday, a reporter took off his shoes and hurled them at the president, who showed off his cat-like reflexes.

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By comfortablefoot, December 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment

Looking back, the president was lucky that the journalists were just throwing his shoes, and not firing off any hidden weapons. If the situation were any more serious, the media would have a field day with that report.

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By Volma, January 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

catstevens The situation is dire, is being underplayed by the media, our government has plans to use our military for civil unrest/rebellion. We are at tip of the iceberg we are screwed, and some think there is hope that we will be saved by Obama….Way to control the masses 101 mass propaganda, divide them, make them fight with each other,use mass propaganda, own their land, resources, keep them hungry, use a scapegoat, create shock and awe, crisis via war or disease, make them think you are there to save, keep them secure safe and protected…marketing marketing marketing ...Fun for all..I am sorry, about your situation, there seems to be way too many people who are on the verge of tanking loosing food and shelter. I agree with you that Obama is just the same coin, just the other side…What I have seen thus far, Obama’s media blitzes, his plan, prove that change ain’t a coming…Fooled again….I see their plan for the US is for their World Police/military to keep the others in check..I’m far from being an expert on economics, (Understated) but the experts have used their formulas, theories and so on to continue to lie and use citizens. Our economic system is different from the rest of the world, and the mechanism of Capitalism have been used to enslave and destroy the US, kill the middle class, a two class system, like most third world countries is in place…The poor will be the workers, the uneducated, the soldiers, police etc…The others will be the tax slaves the educated masses to serve our overlords, sounds like sci-fi to me, maybe this is where they got their plans from??? Like you said you lost your job because they want to pay 8.00 and hour, Walmart economics, instead, and can get it because there are people out there who will work, who can survive on 8.00 and hour, while living with their parents, or having other incomes to supplement it…These new workers, have hopes plans they are getting their feet in the door, they are only taking this work for job experience or until something better comes along…Unfortunately they are too shortsighted to see that this is not the reality of the situation….This is the complete destruction of the middle class, or what is left of it, and a portion of the upper middle class. You tank, you loose your house the elite rich, owners of banks now become owners of property…They own America, what better way to control (in their minds) as through ownership….No wonder that they have the FEMA camps, and coffins waiting, they know that when things go as planned, people will not take this sitting down, (especially spoiled materialistic Americans) but they have it all planned for, under control…It’s absolutely evil, and I can see what you are talking about, when it comes to fighting, standing up for your rights…When there is nothing to loose, humans will and have died for their rights..As I understand it, the French Underground, was a significant force against the Nazi’s, even when their own country was taken over, they fought, died and made a huge difference. It’s easier to believe your on the side of right, God and country, and whatever, then to believe the sad sick truth of the situation.Unless more US and World citizens can open their eyes to the realities of what is happening, drop their own issues that keep them brain washed and enslaved, I don’t hold much hope, but who knows, reality has shifted drastically, in recent years, maybe something will click, the awe, I get it moment. The good thing is when one is unemployed they have more time to actually learn and reflect on what is going on around them…When you are working all the time, you tend to be too tired and would rather sit in front of the brainwashing machine to be told what reality is…

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By katsteevns, January 7, 2009 at 4:55 am Link to this comment

@ volma

The power that runs Bush is the same power that runs Obama. Two sides of the same coin.

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By katsteevns, January 7, 2009 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

@ volma

The timing of the act had to do with Bush being in Baghdad.

Personally, I think that the reporter could have thrown the shoe simply as a reflex action, without much forethought.

The pen is mightier than the sword? Tell it to those who rob our social programs and the economy at home to fund their imperialist wars.

My situation is not nearly as dire,although it could tank at any moment.J.P Morgan owns my house and he is about to come and take it back.I was recently fired from my job in the dead of winter because the new owners of the company are weeding out all the high wage earners so they can pay everyone 8 bucks an hour. Unemployment claims are taking 2 months to process and since I was fired from there, there is a chance I may be denied benefits. The job market sucks right now as you know. And it is all because the country is being drained in order to support the bullshit war on terror which is merely a front for capitalist expansion.

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By Volma, January 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

katstevens
What are you talking about? Which Martin Luther King are you referring to?  MLK did go to jail for peaceful civil disobedience, but he was also the leader, with people who supported him, paid legal fees, and bail… MLK was powerful because he was armed with truth, light, and non violence. How many times have you gone to jail for throwing a shoe at a politician, of for any violent civil disobedience? I have signed petitions for impeachment, I belong to political action groups, you have categorized and assumed too much about a person you know little about Faced with my own health/physical disabilities, I have real limitations, as to what I can and can’t do. Just going to jail is nothing compared to death or long term health consequence and hospital bills I would face from just being exposed to tear gas…But even then, something like this, for a person in my particular situation could very easily create homelessness, dire poverty and and ultimate fun suffering lingering death anyway. I can barely keep food on the table, and I have dependents, yet bale myself out of jail, or pay for a lawyer…If you do not pick your battles wisely, it may be your last or one and only battle…The famed activist who are quoted, revered in history used as role models, actually/really had people who supported them emotionally and physically, if they didn’t you would have never known they existed…I admired the guts that this man had, and the symbolism was perfect…But you know Bush is as good as gone, he is a symbol of power,not the actual power and I wonder why it happened like a month before Bush left office….Sitting in jail, being tortured wouldn’t benefit anyone anywhere, unless maybe there is tons of media coverage, publicity and support….Someone has to be left to tell the story and others to form public opinion and action…Civil disobedience means something then, actually does/shifts something, is not useless, or meaningless. It seems like this man put a lot of thought into his action, and used the “International Media Event” with Bush to make his political statement/point which was valid (to me) with the least amount of violence, and the most cultural symbolism for support of his fellow middle easterners! He is a hero a voice a symbol of the anger and outrage that is shared with his fellow citizens. Some of the public see’s this act, as further proof of the terrorist, violence and hate for non Muslim countries, everyone has their opinion, right or wrong. If you feel good about it, no one is stopping you from going to jail, throwing shoes, committing acts of aggression or violence in the name of civil disobedience…If you believe in what you say, then do it. I will follow my own path, thank you, if you don’t think it’s good enough, that’s your issue, not mine…I won’t waste another post on this, it’s simply that I see your points, but don’t buy into your rules for civil disobedience etiquette, or whose the better liberal thing…So if the shoe was really thrown at me, I say quotes from famous dead champions of justice and truth: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, “We have seen the enemy and it is us”, “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” “Hate the sin and not the sinner”,“If we do not believe that we are really part of one human family, we cannot hope to overcome the dangers to our very existence – let alone bring about peace and happiness”....MLK Ghandi and other good quotes from someone dead and famous.

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By brian Kane, December 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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wow! what a shot! all went directly for Mr Bush.

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By cann4ing, December 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

By Fadel Abdallah, December 16 at 12:42 pm #

Though the shoes-throwing was aimed at criminal Bush who could not understand the depth of the symbolic insult aimed at him, it was likewise aimed at Nori al-Malaki, the puppet prime minister who hosted Bush, and who would understand the the symbolic depth of the act.
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Point well taken, Fadel.  According to one of his colleagues, al-Zaidi had been signing off his broadcasts as “from occupied Baghdad.  People should not overlook either the fact of the occupation or the extent to which entry into a Status of Forces Agreement (SOTU) by the Iraqi government serves to legitimize an occupation that was the product of an unprovoked and illegal invasion.

While there are at least time limits in Iraq’s SOTU, every time a foreign nation enters a SOTU with the U.S., it surrenders a bit of its sovereignty, and, in that sense, the shoes, though directed at the invader, also reflect the extent to which the Iraqi people were betrayed by their government’s participation in the SOTU.

As noted by Chalmers Johnson in “Nemesis” per the DoD base structures report, the Pentagon maintained by 2005 737 bases in other people’s countries—and this list left off a number of known bases, as well as secret CIA sites.  Johnson provides a 2002 quote from the Observer’s Nick Cohen which places the shoe-throwing incident in context.  “If you dream that everyone might be your enemy, one day they may become just that.”

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By katsteevns, December 16, 2008 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

The journalist was a Shi’ite.

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By PatrickHenry, December 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

By this simple act, Muntadar al-Zaidi has become a hero in Iraq and the U.S. as well.

Fruits and vegtables are taboo in such press gatherings for good reason.

Last time I saw shoes being thrown at the stage was at a B-52’s concert at the hollywood palladium in 82’.

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 16, 2008 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

By Maani, December 16 at 12:09 pm #

As David Letterman remarked: the real question is, was this guy a shoe-ni or a shoe-ite?  LOL.
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Maani, I can assure you that this guy was one who rose above Shi’a-Sunni division only highlighted by the American aggression and occupation, as the old colonialist scheme of divide and rule goes.

If you insist of knowing the affiliation of the shoes, then I would put it this way: the right shoe was Sunni and the left one was Shi’i, and the both represent the two wings necessary for a bird to soar very high.

As David Letterman is in the business of making people laugh at any cost, I can assure that this pair of shoes has more profound meaning for the celebrated Biblical story of David and Goliath.

Just mark my words! If it would ever be destined that future Iraq would have a democracy, then I bet you that this shoe-thrower will become a prime minister.

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By yellowbird2525, December 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment

http://www.torturedemocracy.org is enlightening & not easy to see: but it reveals so much that folks in the USA need to know; anyone with any shred of decency should rise up in depose these folks who use seduction & sadism; delight in cruelty & take joy in torture; one man they told him they would bring his mother to be repeatedly raped & abused by men; to get his “confession”; another http://www.democracynow.org type in British detainee; look for 8/25; using seduction techniques & using razor on genitals; detainee children age 9 & up over 300 in small area only suitable for 200; “free press” in USA? just like the people are supposedly “free”? Laws passed or written as passed to have these same twisted perverted folks that delight in these types of things not even needing teachers certs to be teaching our children, getting paid mega bucks & many ex Govenors & more who like very young children & young teens; THIS is who is going to be teaching YOUR children in YOUR schools; AND THIS IS “A FORCE FOR GOOD IN THE WORLD”? For the GREATER GOOD they say: for perverts, molestors, sadists, & torturers; Join Cindy Sheehan in Code Red alert: to dissolve this corrupt & perverted Government as is our RIGHT under the PREAMBLE!

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By Francis H, December 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

RE:ThnkUBush, December 16 at 4:47 am #

“cyrena—

What type of foolish child would think this is great? I don’t care how much you hate a person. It’s childish to take pleasure in such things.

Disgusting!”
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What’s even more childish and disgusting is that you don’t think that Bush doesn’t deserve worse.  I appreciate this as an act of heroism on the part of Muntadar al-Zaidi who imparted a little national pride to the devastated Iraqi nation who can never be consoled over the war crimes committed against them and all you can think to do is to shame those whose praise this hero who is now being imprisoned and beaten for throwing his shoes for the entire Iraqi Nation.

Open your eyes.

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By Robert, December 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

December 16, 2008

A Message for Foreign Leaders

Each Shoe Was Worth a Thousand Words
By PATRICK COCKBURN

“The sight of the Iraqi reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi hurling his shoes at President Bush at a press conference in Baghdad will gladden the heart of any journalist forced to attend these tedious, useless, and almost invariably obsequious, events. “This is a farewell kiss,” shouted Mr Zaidi. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”

Official press conferences of any kind seldom produce real news, but the worst are usually those given by foreign leaders on trips abroad in which they and their local ally suggest that they are in control of events and all is going according to plan.

One of the many infuriating, though also ludicrous, events in Iraq since the invasion of 2003 has been American and British leaders, arriving in secret at the enormous US base at Baghdad airport and travelling, accompanied by numerous armed guards, by helicopter to the heavily-fortified Green Zone. After a few hours there they would give upbeat press conferences, sitting alongside the Iraqi leader of the day, claiming significant improvements in security and chiding the assembled journalists for ignoring such clear signs of success.

Periodically reality would break in, such as the time a mortar bomb exploded nearby the press conference hall at the very moment when UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon was lauding security improvements, compelling him to cower down behind a display of artificial flowers.

Visiting US politicians during the presidential election sought determinedly to manicure what American television viewers would see. Diplomats at the US embassy complained that staffers of Republican candidate Senator John McCain had asked them not to wear helmets and body armour when standing next to him in case these protective measures might appear to contradict his claim that the US military was close to military victory. For similar reasons staffers of the Vice President Dick Cheney demanded that the siren giving a seven or eight second warning of incoming rockets or mortar rounds to people in the Green Zone be turned off during his visits.

I used to comfort myself with the thought that these official visits did little harm even if they did no good. Iraqis were all too aware of the grim reality of their lives to be taken in by official posturing. After five years of war, American voters have seen too many claims of success in Iraq deflated by news of fresh slaughter to be deceived into thinking that the war was being won.”
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Click on URL for the rest:

http://www.counterpunch.org/patrick12162008.html

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Though the shoes-throwing was aimed at criminal Bush who could not understand the depth of the symbolic insult aimed at him, it was likewise aimed at Nori al-Malaki, the puppet prime minister who hosted Bush, and who would understand the the symbolic depth of the act.

So in a sense these two shoes symbolize the power of of the aggrieved weapon in face of the weapons of mass destruction which evil Bush symbolizes.

No blood was shed, yet the message was more powerful than the message that weapons of mass destruction might convey!

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By Maani, December 16, 2008 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

As David Letterman remarked: the real question is, was this guy a shoe-ni or a shoe-ite?  LOL.

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By omop, December 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

Visualize David and Goliath.

  David is only able to throw his shoes at Goliath

  on the other hand

  Goliath is only able to throw many, many, many cluster bombs at  
  David and his people.

  Who in all likely hood will survive such hateful acts?

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By cann4ing, December 16, 2008 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Not exactly the flowers the Bush men told us we would be greeted with upon “liberating” Baghdad.  Of course that “liberation” resulted in the deaths of more than one million Iraqis, the displacement of some four million—half of that number into exile—the pleasure of having heavily armed men break down their doors in the dead of night, permitting them to be transported to Abu Ghraib, stripped naked, and then entertained by snarling dogs in between their water boarding sessions.

But as Rumsfeld so eloquently informed us, “stuff happens.” 

No Jeff29, I don’t wish physical harm to George “the war criminal” Bush.  What I wish for is the application of the rule of law, which should result in his prosecution, conviction and a very, very long prison sentence.

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By Jim Yell, December 16, 2008 at 7:55 am Link to this comment
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I am surprised at a number of posts which treat the throwing of the shoes as an act of violence. I prefer to think of it as an act of action.

It is unlikely to have caused any real or serious injury. Unlike the incineration of thousands, because G. W. chose to use 9/11, a real attack on the country, as an excuse to attack the only Moslem country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Yes it is true that Sadam was no friend, but he “did not attack the US”. And, let us not forget that it was a Republican Administration that supported and entrenched Sadam in Iraq and it was that same Administration that gave Sadam the idea that we were not interested in what happens in Sadam’s backyard, which of course lead Iraq into Kuwait.

If getting a shoe thrown at him is all that G. W. ever suffers for his crimes than I think he is very lucky.

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By samosamo, December 16, 2008 at 5:55 am Link to this comment

By ThnkUBush, December 16 at 4:47 am

You know, you are right. I think it would be very appropriate if someone had gone up to w and drilled a 3/4 inch hole through his skull with a cordless power drill, shoes are so childish.
By the way, how much pork do you get from his congressional henchmen?

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By ThnkUBush, December 16, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

cyrena—

What type of foolish child would think this is great? I don’t care how much you hate a person. It’s childish to take pleasure in such things.

Disgusting!

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By katsteevns, December 16, 2008 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

@ Volma
The shoe has been thrown at those who could have done more to impeach an administration when it became clear that genocide was taking place in Iraq, this includes most Americans.

Sometimes one needs to go to jail or even sacrifice their life and family in order to bring about change, ask MLK. Maybe you feel there is nothing outside of the family structure worth dying for.

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By Non-Compassionate Liberal, December 16, 2008 at 4:07 am Link to this comment
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I’m surprised that Richard Reid was out so early on parole, let alone able to get so close to Bush.

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By Volma, December 16, 2008 at 1:32 am Link to this comment

This act needs to be in the history books.
Should we avoid civil disobedience when the price is too high?
No,the high price makes the deed more imperative.
The price is this high because “we” sat back and didn’t impeach.

The shoe was aimed at you.

Catsteevns: Your comment about civil disobedience is noted, you have a right to your own belief system,isn’t that what it’s all about anyway???I just remarked that I didn’t think that insulting Bush is worth going to prison, being killed, having my family attacked, being tortured…If you would do so and you live in the US (or even ourside of the US) please follow your heart/mind convictions… If you think it’s worth it, go for it…But I have seen people go to jail for less than that in this country, and if you do not have the money to pay the fines, pay the lawyer, or suffer with an Public Defender, then you will pay dearly for much much less than that…I have family and other responsibilities so I choose to show my political beliefs in others ways, many many other ways that do not involve possible jail time, torture, firing squads etc…It’s interesting that you would use Jesus violence against the money changers as an example/allegory , you called it an act of violence that empowers other people…Funny because the Born Again Christians use the same Jesus allegory for going to war in Iraq, against the people who want to destroy America, they think/believe and justify it that way, anyway..The reporter shoe thrower has become a celebrity in the middle east and I hear others are coming up with money, assistance and demands that he is released immediately because throwing shoes are a cultural thing…an insult, nothing more…Which is true, it seems like it would be difficult to kill with a shoe thrown like that, even two, normal light shoes!!!!Oh and as far as the shoe being aimed at me, excuse me, I hope that the average, educated world citizen knows that evil leaders, dictators, etc…can influence, mislead cheat and lie their way into power, even with elections, it happens everywhere in the world…...To blaming every citizen in the US for Bush policies, because they were born or are citizens in this country is underhanded and misleading, and very very stinky with personal/political agenda’s…Blame usually is like that, it is not a positive thing, just a weapon used by some to manipulate others, it’s as old as dictators and politicians… ...I am only mortal and I will not take God Like status of being even remotely responsible for the Bush admin, war policies whatever…Now if you want to take on the responsibility and claim that you are to blame, being part of the collective who voted for him, and supported his policies…Go for it…I only commented that I feel sorry for what the guy has to go through now, not a judgment about what he did, why he did it, who he it, etc…just hoping he didn’t get shot for his act…And apparently he is getting tons of support, the message that he doesn’t like Bush, he called him a hypocrite is definitely out there, and he is admired a hero and looked up to by all Bush dissenters, and the Middle East, most of it it seems…Really this is another day in Paradise, news today, gone tomorrow, but good for him…We could always remember this in a historical holiday…or Under your definition/suggestions, all of us should hit Bush with a shoe to show our non support, and maybe all Iraqis, Afghan’s Pakistani’s need to shoe him too, because after all it is their land, they should stand up and fight for what they think is right!!!...Maybe we should all start throwing shoes at each other while were at it….A regular shoe hitting fest, we could call it, Shoeapolusa, or Shoe Fest, maybe we could add shoe throwing as an Olympic sport, the applications for this are only limited by the imagination….

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By Shift, December 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

The image that remains with me is one of Bush with a shoe stuck in his mouth.  As for the shoe chucker, he should be named to the Olympic Committee for the establishment of the sport of Shoe Chucking.

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By katsteevns, December 15, 2008 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

@maani
Ok,I should have used the word “embolden” instead of “empower”. Sorry about that.

What Jesus did,though,was an act of violence.

Violence by a lone individual is most often viewed in a negative light and seen as being committed by only those lacking in sound judgment,This is not always true.

If it was I who threw the shoe, I would surely do it again.
It was a loud confirmation of Iraqi sentiment that begs to be seen on US prime time television. Why? Because America needs to know that its “national mission” is a farce.

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By Maani, December 15, 2008 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

katsteevns:

“I agree with you, the act was not civil disobedience, but a violent act. It was one, though, in which I see a positive result (empowering the disenfranchised). This along the lines of Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers.”

Re the first, I’m not sure what you mean by “empowering the disenfranchised.”  What it DID apparently “empower” was an impromptu protest against the U.S. (and kudos for the shoe-thrower).  That’s fine with me, of course.

Re your Jesus comparison, it is incorrect.  Jesus was not “empowering the disenfranchised” by His act: He was protesting the use of a “house of God” for economic purposes (money-changing, etc.): “This is a house of God; you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

There were plenty of ways that Jesus DID empower the disenfranchised.  But this was not one of them.  It was a singular act for a singular purpose.

Peace.

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By katsteevns, December 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

By Maani, December 15 at 12:31 pm #
” Not quite.  Civil disobedience is supposed to be “non-violent.” Neither Jesus, Gandhi nor MLK would agree with you here.”
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I agree with you, the act was not civil disobedience, but a violent act.
It was one,though,in which I see a positive result(empowering the disenfranchised). This along the lines of Jesus turning over the tables of the money changers.

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By samosamo, December 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

Maybe that was a regular setting for news conferences in iraq but it looks different which makes me wonder if this was setup to get some favorable reaction. Little w moved pretty quick and not like he was drunk but alert and wary as if he expected it. Just a thought.

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By driving bear, December 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

To Hippy Pam

I was surprised the secret service did not shot the guy before he threw the second shoe.

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By Frank Cajon, December 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

The metaphor of shoes brings to mind the fact that Bush and his fascist regime is the dogshit on the shoe of American history. We have allowed it to remain, though it smells bad, ruins our ability to make friends and appear respectable, and compromises our good taste and sense of well-being. Even after we remove the shoe, the smell will remain and the shame that it will always bring.

The incident is further, incontroverted proof that:
1. The surge is working.
2. The Iraqis have greeted us as liberators and welcome our continued presence as an occupying force.
How else would the conquering hero, after a trillion bucks and untold thousands of casualties, still have to sneak in and then be hurled the worst insult imaginable by the liberated?

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By omop, December 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

That pictorial along with the one of Bush on the aircraft carrier in San diego under a banner proclaiming ‘mission accomplished’ must need be the symbol of the US’ disgrace.

The “cakewalk” into Iraq undertaken as an extension of Bibi Nethanyahu’s, Perle, Feith, Wolfowitz and other assorted neocons plan to secure the safety of Israel is not only a trillion dollar cost to all Americans it was one of the US’s darkest hour.

Symbolically the shoes thrown at Bush were also thrown at all Americans. The thousands if not millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children dead or crippled for life and the destruction of historical nation symbolized by a man throwing his shoes at the man primarely responsible for all those deaths.

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By BigIslandDave, December 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment
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Too bad one of those podiatric missiles didn’t find its mark. Wanton Boy did show some remarkable nimbleness there. All that bike riding and brush clearing while others were suffering, I guess.

Seriously, this smirking killer will never feel the iron hand of justice. Having a shoe flung at him is comical at best. I’m sure all the innocent people he’s murdered—both Americans and Iraqis—aren’t laughing.

At least the journalist got in a nice verbal parting shot, too. Bush is a miserable cur.

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By KDelphi, December 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Jeremy Keith Hammond—Thanks!

How about this: “There was an old man, who was hit with a shoe

So many people hated him, he didnt know what to do

So he said it was “freedom” , said it was good

And went to shot more folks in the hood”???

I dont know! Someone else finish it…

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By hippy pam, December 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

reply to mendez….Thank you…I am a pacifist…as explained to me by my grandfather[a very great man]...you tell them once"Stop-I don’t like to fight”.....You give them a second chance"I told you I don’t like to fight”.......The third time -you break both their legs-cuz you don’t like to fight….I am a pacifist!!!!!!

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By Maani, December 15, 2008 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

kaysteevns:

“This act needs to be in the history books.
Should we avoid civil disobedience when the price is too high?”

Not quite.  Civil disobedience is supposed to be “non-violent.”  Neither Jesus, Gandhi nor MLK would agree with you here.

Peace.

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By Benjamin Tasker, December 15, 2008 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Apologies if someone has already noted this - I haven’t taken the time to read all the comments here but it’s worth noting that this reporter is still in jail:

“President Bush is returning to Washington after making surprise trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. In Baghdad, a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was interrupted when an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President Bush. The shoes almost hit Bush in the head. The journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi, screamed in Arabic, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.” Al-Zaidi works as a reporter for the Cairo-based satellite channel Al-Baghdadia TV. Security guards removed him from the room while reportedly kicking and beating him. He is still being held by Iraqi officials. Al-Baghdadia TV has called for al-Zaidi’s release.”

Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/15/headlines

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By Casy, December 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment

Darn it! Why go for Bush’s head when that’s precisely the one body part he doesn’t use!

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By Francis H, December 15, 2008 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

Yes Hidflect,

Dana Perino got a black eye.  A real one to go with her metaphorical one.

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By Francis H, December 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

That guy will probably never have to pay for another drink in his life!

But how about Bush?  He’s spry.  He floats like a butterfly, stings like B-2 fleet.

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By katsteevns, December 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

By Volma, December 14 at 2:45 pm #

“That poor fellow is likely to suffer dearly for this..Torture, firing squad…Bush acted amused but unfortunately he may as well have tried to kill him because he will be treated as if he had…Not worth it, to ruin your life to insult the Bush..”
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This act needs to be in the history books.
Should we avoid civil disobedience when the price is too high?
No,the high price makes the deed more imperative.
The price is this high because “we” sat back and didn’t impeach.

The shoe was aimed at you.

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By KDelphi, December 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

From what I have heard, the journalist has been taken into custody and “questioned”—-if there is GOP in here, they should ask Bush to ask for a “pardon”—he has done it for MUCH worse!

He has nothing to lose now! Let him do something moral for a change!

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By expat in germany, December 15, 2008 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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I read somewhere else that after it happened, Bush quipped, “I don’t know what the guy said, but I saw his sole.” That’s too good of a line for him!

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By titanbite, December 15, 2008 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

This was just too much!I bet we find out that journalist had his family wiped out during shock and awe and he couldn’t stand it anymore.It’s a shame that the man who once represented the free world and all of it’s promise has brought the shoes of the citizens of the country he claims to have liberated raining down upon him. When if only the duly elected representatives of the people who should have held fast to our ideals and stood up to the blood lust and the propaganda from those who stood to ultimately profit from this deadly folly.
Weather fooled by trumped intelligence or caught up in your party’s cry for loyalty these"representatives"in our houses of congress have committed the ultimate sin of a Congress person they allowed for the disrespect,abuse and death of our brave members of the armed forces,and since this debacle shows no sign of abating,allowing for the continuation of the occupation.
Isn’t it ironic that the President who was incompetence personified has exposed faults in the secret service by being attacked by shoes that his security was too incompetent to stop.This is killing me.I saw that video and almost spit coffee all over this computer.Jon Stewart must have had a field day.Hey where the hell’s Cheney?

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By southparker, December 15, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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What took the SS so long?  The second shoe had landed before they jumped up into their protective poses.  Interesting.

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By Jim Yell, December 15, 2008 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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George Bush has protected his ignorance at the cost of the future of this country, or George Bush has deliberately bankrupted the country, destroyed the military and impoverished the American People. Of course he didn’t start this slide all by himself, but he has willfully done the deed.

Hurling the shoes, which were not a lethal weapon has a certain low comic value. That the Presidential blockhead is unabased by the murder he has authored, the destruction of a once impressive multi-cultural Democracy and the impoverishment of most of the citizens of this country, just to make a few selfish and narcisstic jackasses richer beyond reason. If he had gotten hit by the shoe it would have been little enough in repayment for his crimes.

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By Sergio Rizzo, December 15, 2008 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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Three cheers for that shoe-throwing journalist.  Now when Bush’s flacks try to talk about the president’s success in Iraq, this image will remind audiences in the U.S. what a lie that is.

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By Reubenesque, December 15, 2008 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

Bush, the “Artful Dodger” demonstrates his alacrity at a skill he has so successfully exercised for the last eight years.  As skillfully as the child character, Jack Dawkins a.k.a. the Artful Dodger, from Dickins’ “Oliver Twist” Bush has likewise picked the pockets of the middle class while enriching those of his “Fagan class” buddies.

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By Maani, December 15, 2008 at 7:50 am Link to this comment

One headline this morning was: “Shoe-icide Bomber.”

How come none of you bright, punny people came up with THAT one!  LOL.

Peace.

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By Balthasar, December 15, 2008 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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Wow that was close!

Old mutton head dodged the onslaught of camel toe!

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By Lester, December 15, 2008 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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It’s about time somebody came up with a way to get around security and show total disgust.  They cannot stop us from wearing shoes, can they?  Maybe now throwing shoes will be the go to action in this country.  I can see thousands hurled at all the pompous arrogant bastards in Congress, especially cuff link Senators.  I think we ought to start with the Republican crud from Tennessee that was so proud of himself trying to crush the unions in the GM, Chrysler, and Ford fiasco.

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By davidperi, December 15, 2008 at 12:52 am Link to this comment

Ditto…what has been said before!  “W” use to be a owner of a baseball team..why didn´t he catch it.  What “W” said after was more disgusting to me with the smile and it is a sign of freedom thing.

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By RWallace, December 15, 2008 at 12:21 am Link to this comment
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I too, applaud the reporters efforts, but it’s too damned bad that he didn’t get some practice throwing at others in the administration first!!!

I think that shoes are not a strong enough statement, maybe monkey shit or some pitchforks would be preferable.

I would like to know where to contact this reporter so that I may offer some money for his defense in court.

F*(*k off shrub and all of you facsist nuts that have ruined two countries

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By The Observer, December 14, 2008 at 10:55 pm Link to this comment
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I give it a 10 out of a size 10!

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By jphillps, December 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment
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The smug grin was wiped off W’s face, at least until his phalanx of body guards reasserted themselves, then it’s more bravado. Let’s hope a trial at the Internation War Crimes Tribunal someday will be the legal shoe to the head that finally connects.

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By Inherit The Wind, December 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

I cannot applaud this reporter, but I understand the frustration.  Because Bush deserves to be hit with a metaphysical shoe sole:  He needs to be arrested on Jan 21, charged with treason, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and thrown in prison for the rest of his sorry life.

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By Jack E. Jett, December 14, 2008 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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Bush said that he didn’t see this as an insult.

Even the insult goes over his head.  Most people understand that when someone throws their best pair of Doc Martins at your head, it is not a compliment.

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By blog dog, December 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment
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RE: By Jeff29, December 14 at 5:48 pm #
Wishing physical harm to the President…

You people are pathetic.

What’s truly pathetic is that this regime will walk away unscathed from everything that by all rights should have them in the doc on charges of high treason. That is, unless “we the people” show the courage to force the issue and demand they be taken down and dealt the full measure of the law.

Investigate! Indict! Prosecute! Execute!

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By screamingpalm, December 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

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By Jeff29, December 14 at 5:48 pm #


Wishing physical harm to the President…

You people are pathetic.
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Sorry Jeff but how is that any different than the physical harm that the President has wished on others? W is just a human being like anyone else.

I suppose one can argue that it makes us no better…. but I have to admit, it did make me smile.

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By Jeff29, December 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Wishing physical harm to the President…

You people are pathetic.

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By samosamo, December 14, 2008 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Effective respect for someone that has none. I, too, wish the poor bloke would have connected with at least one shoe. And as fast a little w reacted dodging them, he must be constantly aware of what can happen to him and any time and any where.
But my favorite vision is the orange jump suit with hands manacled to his waist and the darbies around his ankles at the Hague.

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By mendez, December 14, 2008 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

Fadel, peace brother.  Be careful what you say.  If yanks say it en masse, not much will happen, but if my name were Fadel, I’d worry about my family.

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By antizionista, December 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Muntazer al-Zaidi is his name, make it known.

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 14, 2008 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

I never laughed in my life as I did at this scene! Then, after I sobered, I started to worry about the fate of this courageous Iraqi journalist!

Throwing one’s shoes at the face of an enemy is among the most effective weapons of personal war according to Arab culture. There is also the another one which is spitting in public in the face of one’s enemy. I personally wish I get the opportunity to spit in his face!

This journalist whether he survives or not will become an immediate hero for millions of people in the Arab world who see in Bush the epitome of evil and terrorism.

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By antizionista, December 14, 2008 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment
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Get this guy’s name and post it on the web everywhere. He is a genuine hero and needs to be honored, make his name known and they won’t be able to touch him. It’s up to us now.

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By KDelphi, December 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

mendez—I noticed that!

Where were the “bodyguards”? Have they, too, finally decided to step out of the way?

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By Sean, December 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
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Who throws a shoe, I mean seriously?  Let’s hope he’s not on his way to Gitmo.

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By mendez, December 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

I love the fact that al-Maliki doesn’t budge.  It’s like, if he doesn’t move, maybe no one will notice.

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By dick, December 14, 2008 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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A variation on drop the other shoe, or, if the shoe is on the other foot, etc. Bush has honed his reflexes for 8 years. Reminds me of Hoover, the 21 gun salute, and the hillbillies, at TVA in the early 1930s.

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By purplewolf, December 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

To bad he missed. A good kick in the head might just have knocked some sense into this idiot. And yes, unfortunately this man and his family will no doubt suffer at the hands of Bush and his group of torturers.

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By pikawicca, December 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

Hope he doesn’t suffer major bad consequences.

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By hidflect, December 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

I heard Dana Perino got a black eye… I guess someone in the press pool took the opportunity of the melee to whack Perino in the face with the nearest object to hand ( a microphone). Good shot!

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By KDelphi, December 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

Except for what they might have done to the journalist for it, I wish it had been one of Reagan’s Iranian hand grenades…still, he would probably say that it was worth it! Dubya wqas faster than I figured…these guys are slick. Remember Clinton and the egg?

Anyone know what happened to the journalist?

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By knute, December 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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You need to use a cowboy boot for the full effect. The trajectory is all wrong with a standard shoe. The length of the portion above the heel tends to get a better rotation momentum going and the prospect of either the pointy end or the big ole’ heel making contact with the shrubs empty head bone would provide quite a “Boing”  in the room as the shoe bounced off. But maybe there will be another chance, maybe at one of the high priced speaking engagements at the Heritage Foundtaion, or the Georg Bush Fredom Library.

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By mendez, December 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

Hippy Pam, I must say, you don’t sound much like a hippy to me?

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By hippy pam, December 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

KUDOS to this person BUT…he better HIDE HIS FAMILY and HIMSELF really well because “ole bullshits” HAND PICKED MERCENARIES[i.e. blackwater] will be HUNTING for any one even REMOTELY aligned with him….Gotta make an EXAMPLE…...

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By mendez, December 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

Let’s take up a collection for his legal fees?

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By A Khokar, December 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment

Bush got shoes hurled in his face; only his quick reflexes saved him. The Man seems to be a pretty good marks man. Both the shoes were thrown spot on target one after other. Man must have been practicing it a lot. 
Imagine what will happen when U.S forces will be given a final send off by Iraqi?

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By david, December 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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he is certainaly not going to take any bullets. watch has he leaps then stops to wait for the firing to pass then walks up to bush like, hey man, shewww that was a close one…haha

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By Volma, December 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

That poor fellow is likely to suffer dearly for this..Torture, firing squad…Bush acted amused but unfortunately he may as well have tried to kill him because he will be treated as if he had…Not worth it, to ruin your life to insult the Bush…He won’t just be ordered into anger management, but bet many fellow Iraqis and Americans cheered for and respect this guy!

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By hidflect, December 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment

coloradokarl: ducking things hehehe.. nice one.
I think throwing 2 shoes is a pretty tepid response to having a few 100,000 of your religious brethren wiped out. Bet that guy wished he had 3 legs.

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By cyrena, December 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

This is GREAT!!!

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By Maani, December 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

If this keeps up, just like in airports, they’re going to make reporters take off their shoes before entering a press conference…LOL.

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By mendez, December 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Clearly, testicles on that fella unlike any you’ll likely find on U.S. journalists.

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By coloradokarl, December 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

I am amazed at bush’s reflexes, then again his administration has been “Ducking” things for eight years! The Iraqi was serious though and definitely going for a head shot. Mission Accomplished?

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By Roy, December 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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War shoes for industry!

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