Iraqi journalist hurls “a farewell kiss” at George W. Bush

by twit

and Bush manages to duck both of them:

via Breitbart:

An Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes and an insult at George W. Bush, without hitting him, as the US president was shaking hands with the Iraqi premier at his Baghdad office on Sunday.

As the two leaders met in Nuri al-Maliki’s private office, a journalist sitting in the third row jumped up, shouting: “It is the farewell kiss, you dog,” and threw his shoes one after the other towards Bush.

…  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.

The White House said Bush ducked to avoid the first shoe, while the second narrowly missed the president.

pix and links via Drudge:

a longer video can be seen at the BBC website here.

update:   Lestro reflects on the irony of it all here.

update:  via TPM, a video from MSNBC, with a report that Dana Perino got caught up in the “melee” and took a microphone in the eye and now has “a bit of a black eye”

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One Response to Iraqi journalist hurls “a farewell kiss” at George W. Bush

  1. Pingback: Iraq comes full circle « The Church of the Apocalyptic Kiwi

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