With utmost seriousness, the news clip replays the incident twelve times for our viewing pleasure, while the ‘LIVE’ on the top right-hand of the screen glints promisingly. Ah yes gentle reader, if wishes were horses… The Guardian helpfully accompanies the clip with cultural commentary for its readers, just in case we were in any doubt as to the symbolic significance of the action:
In the Arab world, throwing shoes at somebody is considered a serious insult, as is even showing them the soles of one’s footwear, as demonstrated by jubilant Iraqis towards the statue of Saddam Hussein as it was toppled in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion.
Always good to be up on native customs in the global village.
In a comment on the incident on Michelle Malkin (obnoxious conservative columnist who writes skin-crawling, spine-chilling and toes-curling-ly noxious posts on everything from race to abortion)’s blog, an outraged commenter says:
Dear Michelle, It is amazing – with all the hoopla about the Secret Service – that a civilian Iraqi reporter, in Baghdad yet, could complete TWO violent shoe-tosses at President Bush without any molesting from his protective detail.
Shocking! After all,
If this reporter form Cairo had had a gun, Bush would have been dead and probably from many bullet wounds.
[Now youre just tantalizing us with what-might-have-beens.]
The man had a virtual eternity to manage his attack. The Secret Service was a disgrace! Argh! Are you as hopping mad as I?”
Stupid secret service! Why didn’t they make everyone strip and sit naked for the press conference!? That way they would have ensured no article of clothing or accessories could have been used as weapons. After all, look what a good job they did in Guantanamo bay…
Apparently Bush stated, “All I can report is it is a size 10.” Possibly he was speaking of his IQ. Ah me! I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a decade, though I shudder to think of what they’ll do with the journalist. Enjoy!