Sunday, December 14, 2008

“It is the farewell kiss, you dog”

Shoes thrown at George Bush during surprise farewell visit to Iraq
George Bush ducked the first shoe thrown at him. The president shrugged and said “I’m OK” after the incident in Baghdad today. “All I can report is it is a size 10,” Bush said afterwards.

The journalist threw two shoes at Mr Bush as he shook hands with Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, during a press conference in Baghdad.

The man, who was sitting in the third row jumped up and shouted: “It is the farewell kiss, you dog,” and threw his shoes one after the other towards the president.

Mr Bush ducked the first one, while the second narrowly missed him.

Shoes soles are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture.

An Iraqi journalist throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference
An Iraqi journalist throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference

source - Telegraph UK


  1. "Here's the windup .. and the pitch... Ball One"

    Maybe that Iraqi had so much American "democracy" shoved into his skull he thought he was in Wrigley Field on opening day and was trying to strike out the lead off hitter.

    If he survives the torture in Abu Ghraib, he could try for a starting spot in the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.

    Been watching bits and pieces of TV, to try and stay ahaed of that shit storm of ice that's headed this way and caught this on a news blurb.

    I laughed so hard, i woke the damn cat up.

    In future presiential press conferences, reporters will have to remove their shoes before entering in the presence of HRM.

  2. He was pitching those shoes for all of us!!!

  3. I just wish he had practiced a little bit more. A shoe shot to the head would have really been nice.

  4. This is the biggest event of the century.
    Hats off to the unknown Iraqi journalist for his courageous act.
    There is a lesson for the lame duck Kings, Monarchs and princes of the Gulf.
    Only grudge is that the shoe didn't land in the most ugly face of the century.
    What a pity!