Monday, December 15, 2008

Shoe throwing Reporter now considered a Hero

If you haven't been living under a rock these past couple of days, you most likely heard about an incident that took place in Baghdad, Iraq on December 14, 2008.

[caption id="attachment_1081" align="alignright" width="300" caption=""This is a farewell kiss, you dog!""]"This is a farewell kiss, you dog!"[/caption]

President Bush was at a news conference most likely in regards to something that you'd forget about in two seconds.

In Arab culture, showing the sole of your shoe is considered very insulting, it's even worse when you throw it.

Arab journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi (pictured holding the shoe) is quoted saying (in Arabic) "This is a farewell kiss, you dog!" and then throws his first shoe, but Bush quickly dodges.  Al-Zeidi then throws his second shoe, Bush dodges again.

I do have to say it's interesting how long it took the Secret Service to react.

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You gotta give Bush some credit here, he has some damn good reflexes.  I think the best part of this whole story is what Bush said afterwards: "I don't know what the guy said, but I saw his sole."

Muntadar al-Zeidi was detained by Secret Service and the Prime Minister's guards.   His arrest caused angry protestors in Sadr City holding signs saying "Go out USA" demanding his release.