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during a press conference.

LOL

A size 10 shoe sailed past Dear Leader's head at a presser with Maliki.

It's probably down the back of the SOFA as we speak.

This diary will self destruct in moments. [Okay, okay.]

Edit: Ah, thanks to Semblance, we have a report:

BAGHDAD (AP) — His legacy forever linked to an unpopular war, President George W. Bush flew under intense security to Iraq on Sunday where he called the nearly six-year conflict hard but necessary to protect the United States and give Iraqis hope. "The war is not over," he declared.

Bush was reminded of the intense opposition to his policies when a man threw two shoes at him — one after another — during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bush ducked both throws, and neither man was hit.

"All I can report is a size 10," Bush joked.

Edit 2: Ya gotta love this headline:

Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush, calls him dog

AGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President George W. Bush a "dog" in Arabic on Sunday and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad.

Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The shoes missed their target about 15 feet away. One sailed over Bush's head as he stood next to Maliki and smacked into the wall behind him. Bush smiled uncomfortably and Maliki looked strained.

Edit 3: We have a bit of video via Think Progress, thanks to ballerina X:

Edit 4: Thoughts for life and limb of thrower, and gotta say I'm thankful he missed his target. Just saw the clip on CNN - Shrub has good reflexes - good eye, W!

Edit 5: The tosser's been ID'ed.

The journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi from Al-Baghdadia channel which broadcasts from Cairo, was frogmarched from the room by security staff, an AFP journalist said.

Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture. After Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled in Baghdad in April 2003, many onlookers beat the statue's face with their soles.

Some Iraqi journalists stood up to apologise.


Edit 6:
Here's the video:

Originally posted to bumblebums on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 10:02 AM PST.

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