I have to say I am surprised, but not too surprised, at the response to the Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at President Bush during a press conference at the Iraqi prime minister’s office.
In case you missed it:
Now we can all see the humor in throwing a shoe. Just as the title to this blogpost reflects the Austin Power’s joke. Even Bush, who I’ve thought always had a surprisingly good sense of humor, said afterward:
“Okay, everybody calm down for a minute … And if you want some — if you want the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw. (Laughter.) Thank you for your concern, do not worry about it. ”
Throwing your shoes also is a sign of distaste and a clear insult. After all, what’s more dirty than the thing people walk in all day long? So distasteful a symbol in fact, that people have started a campaign to send old shoes to Bush to show their protest of the war in Iraq. Personally, I would much rather see those shoes go to the Salvation Army and people who would truly need them. I have a feeling that the Bush family may just donate them if they receive many.
Let alone, this was a supposed journalist who was committing this act. I don’t know what the standards are for journalists in the Middle East, but I would hope any self-respecting news agency in America would fire someone for that. A real journalist would ask tough questions, not get riled up and behave like a child.
Many Internet-users have hailed this man as a hero. Of course, if this were Obama, I’m sure the collective Internet response would more likely be outrage. Either way, our president probably doesn’t deserve to have shoes thrown at him, nor does anyone else.
With that, I leave you this:
I was pretty surprised to see the reflexes of a 62-year-old man in avoiding both projectiles. I am sure that presidents get training for such things though.