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Iraqi journalist hurls shoes at 'dog' Bush
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Posted on 12/14/2008 12:29:40 PM PST by tomymind

BAGHDAD (AFP) — 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.

Maliki made a protective gesture towards the US president, who ducked and was not hit.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; crime; iraq; iraqimedia; journalist; president; rudedems; shoe; shoes; surprisevisit; us; waronterror
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To: Minipax


Older generations' parents threw shoes when they couldn't make the leap to catch misbehaving children. Today that form of corporal punishment may be considered child abuse, I guess.
51 posted on 12/14/2008 2:58:16 PM PST by egannacht
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To: tomymind

Heh. The guy is just doing what the American LameStream Media does every day.

Not anymore, though. Hussein will be worshiped by the “journalists” in D.C.

This Iraqi clown is an ungrateful jerk and should be fired. How pathetic is it—the man who helped give them freedom of speech is attacked.

Winston Churchill was treated the same way by the Brits after WW2.


52 posted on 12/14/2008 3:02:51 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: tomnbeverly
Everyone I've ever met in the Zaidi clan was a thief.

And I've met quite a few of them.

Now, latest net joke ~ if this happened to Obama he'd just knock it aside with his manpurse. He'd leave the beat down on the reporter to Michelle.

53 posted on 12/14/2008 3:04:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: tomymind

A big insult in Arab culture...


54 posted on 12/14/2008 3:20:04 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: tomymind
I guess “journalists” over there aren't really any different than those from here.
55 posted on 12/14/2008 3:37:04 PM PST by bilhosty
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To: DB
Do we even know he's Iraqi?

He works for an Egyptian TV station.

He's probably on zero's payroll.

The irony here is had this been 5-6 short years ago, the dude would be executed for something like this.

56 posted on 12/14/2008 3:39:21 PM PST by tpanther (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing---Edmund Burke)
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To: fhayek
"I thought only horses could throw shoes, but I guess it is possible for a jackass to do it also."

Well done!

57 posted on 12/14/2008 4:16:13 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: kenth
Being up here in the UP, I have access to a lot of Canadian news. Several years ago I recall seeing a piece where then Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was going through a line of people and greeting them. This guy came up to Chretien and said something rude, got in his face, and much as I disagree with Chretien's politics, he reacted properly by throwing an extremely hard right hook into the guy's cheek. A haymaker. Very unFrench-like. But effective. The old hockey upbringing; take no shit from no one.

W should have picked up the shoe and shoved it up the reporter's Muslim ass.

58 posted on 12/14/2008 4:29:56 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: silent_jonny

I love how the Iraqi agent on the right is staring down the photog. That is one no-nonsense look. He had the sense to not look at the shoe thrower when every other person in the picture is doing so, but to watch for potential danger from another direction.


59 posted on 12/14/2008 4:32:47 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: silent_jonny

Thanks for the ping; the pic and the commentary Jonny...

Not gum,indeed but shoooo/shoe... ing gun.ie:

Kiss your lost soul goodbye you yellow bellied/handed urinal ist!

& Pppfft to any and all Pres.Bush & US Secret Service bashers...They all do what the can to protect and defend,in more ways than we can count or fully comprehend!!!

& with God’s blessing and hand of (Primary Protection) over him and that of his Secret Service,(his secondary protectors!)

Great reflexes Dear Pres B.!
& Way to bounce back/deal with the koook!

& Last I checked Secret Service are human too, and react as fast as they can in any given sitch...

It’s obv over & over/year after year/day after day... they do their jobs well and aren’t done doing their part in protecting Pres B.

& all the while repecting Pres. B. as they should be/ as they clearly do!

Let the next batch look after incoming o hell to the noooooo...Because these guys clearly still have Pres. B’s back;front & sides covered, asap! He still resides!

Soooo glad You are okay, Dear President Bush... by God’s Protection & that of Your Secret Service,too.

No doubt about it!


60 posted on 12/14/2008 4:33:46 PM PST by Majie Purple (Have a CHRISTmas wrapped in the Sweetness and Love of JESUS! : ) <3 HE is the best Gift!)
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To: silent_jonny

That photo should be nominated for a Pulitzer prize.


61 posted on 12/14/2008 4:33:53 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: lnzog

“...but we need to be respectful to Obama...”

I’ll show Obama the same respect the Dems showed Geroge Bush.


62 posted on 12/14/2008 4:38:54 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: TaxachusettsMan
"As far as providing the Iraqi people with ANYTHING? I say, NOTHING - absolutely NOTHING - beyond what HELPS OUR INTERESTS in that part of the world. PERIOD."

That is the deal Germany got after WWI, and it led directly to WWII. The trick is to make them howl in absolute misery during the war, and help them to their feet after it. George Marshall understood that, but then he never dealt with Muslims I guess.

Trying to supplant a 1500 year old theocratic dictatorship mindset with 20th century style democracy is a tall order....

63 posted on 12/14/2008 4:41:53 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: egannacht
Apparently this journalist worked for the Butcher and unlike his opponents he escapes with his life with the “insult.”

The minority Sunnis had ruled over majority Shiites for decades. The Sunni insurgents had been trying to reestablish that rule. The Shiite insurgents would have kicked their butts over the long run, resulting in a Sunni/Shiite civil war that would have drawn the entire region in.

Perhaps our stopping that was not a good thing. It would have killed most of the radicals on either side over time.

64 posted on 12/14/2008 4:43:14 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (We used to institutionalize the insane. Now we elect them.)
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To: TaxachusettsMan
Also, I appreciate your frustration in dealing with your Italian cousins. Some of my own are German, from Germany (I'm a first generation American). We have a tradition at Thanksgiving of going around the dinner table and saying what we are thankful for.

Last Thanksgiving I went all the way to Milwaukee, where six German relatives were present who had flown over from the old country, and I had to listen to three disgusting hours of European Bush Derangement Syndrome. One old cousin stated that he had read where Airforce 1 had flown into Ohio in 2004 and picked up ALL of the voting machines in Ohio. My mother's sister, to her credit, finally got pissed off enough to tell the old fool that he probably would have believed anything Hitler said also.

Anyway, to make a long story short, when my turn came to say what I was thankful for, I said that I was thankful for Adolf Hitler. THAT brought absolute silence and some facial expressions which you might see on people watching an imminent train wreck.

I said that if Hitler hadn't started World War Two, my grandparents wouldn't have been bombed out of their home, they wouldn't have become displaced persons, they wouldn't have then emigrated to the United Staes, and I might still be a goddamned European.

It was pretty tense turkey after that.

65 posted on 12/14/2008 4:57:41 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: yooper

Wow. What a response.

My niece’s German citizen fiance sat down at her father’s dinner table and began knocking Bush and the US. My brother, his father in-law to-be, told her fiance that he wasn’t welcome at his table. They married and moved to Germany. Buh-bye.


66 posted on 12/14/2008 6:14:44 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: PapaBear3625

Apparently this journalist worked for the Butcher and unlike his opponents he escapes with his life with the “insult.”
The minority Sunnis had ruled over majority Shiites for decades. The Sunni insurgents had been trying to reestablish that rule. The Shiite insurgents would have kicked their butts over the long run, resulting in a Sunni/Shiite civil war that would have drawn the entire region in.

Perhaps our stopping that was not a good thing. It would have killed most of the radicals on either side over time.


...or caused a power vacuum in the region with catastrophic consequences. I am glad we ended the bloodshed.


67 posted on 12/14/2008 7:32:36 PM PST by egannacht
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To: tomnbeverly
"....every liberal is hailing the idiot as a potential Pulitzer winner.

LOL!!!

68 posted on 12/14/2008 7:39:55 PM PST by cookcounty ("A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built." ---Governor Sarah Palin)
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To: tomymind
Pure farce.

I'm sure the president never dreamed that this is how it all would end; dodging shoes in a lame, meaningless press conference.

69 posted on 12/14/2008 7:47:47 PM PST by marshmallow ("A country which kills its own children has no future"- Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
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To: egannacht

My mother used to furiously spank us with her shoe- she wore deerskin moccasins with no sole- the trick was not to laugh because if you did she would get something more substantial to spank you with. I can still see her acting like she was wailing the tar out of us- with that moccasin.


70 posted on 12/14/2008 7:54:57 PM PST by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: All
The President really enjoyed his visit with his triumphant troops on his trip, this is the end he and they have fought for.

After action report:

Probably over 1,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines packed the palace and stood for a couple hours (lots arrived way early to make sure they could get in).

The 4th Infantry Division had some band members there playing some great tunes and even doing vocals. Support folks had chow, snacks and beverages laid out for the crowd.

People were packed in like sardines. The backdrop for the stage was a gigantic flag that reached all the way to the ceiling, maybe about 70 feet.

General Odierno introduced the President. Started with, “Someone wanted to come see you to say goodbye, and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...”

The troops were jazzed and very energetic, though this was about 2200 at the end of a, no doubt, very long day for everyone.

A great cheer went up when he took the stage. The President talked about the early decisions to go into the war, UN resolutions, the success of the Coalition. He talked about the dark days during ‘04-’05, and the ultimate success of the surge. Many compliments for the unprecedented successes of the military. The troops broke in several times with applause and “Hooahs!”.

Two things stood out. The first was when he said its sometimes hard to understand you’re making history when you’re in the middle of the action. Second, he said he was ordering everyone, as Commander In Chief, to call their families when “y’all get out of here tonight” and tell them “the Commander in Chief says ‘thank you’” for all the sacrifices made.

He spoke about the losses and injuries to friends and loved ones, and how the troops would someday be thought of in the same way as those who were in Normandy, Verdun, Korea and elsewhere.

He was very comfortable with the troops and talked about what he would miss most not being President which was not being CiC. Afterwards, he stayed for a bit and shook hands and signed autographs. This one was just for the troops - no civilians or contractors or TCNs, just our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines. It was clearly a great morale booster.

Kit

220 posted on Sunday, December 14, 2008

71 posted on 12/14/2008 7:56:36 PM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: tomymind

I am shocked that the Secret Service didn’t tackle this guy before the second shoe- WOW is all I can say about that. I’m sure they have a double tough job because they have to judge their reaction based on perceived threat in a split second but you would think they would have gone over a scenerio of what to do if people throw things at the president- probably not specifically a shoe scenerio- but I would think objects thrown would have a plan.


72 posted on 12/14/2008 7:59:47 PM PST by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: Clara Lou
...told her fiance that he wasn’t welcome at his table.

I would have paid money to come to that dinner table! God bless your brother!! (and you, too)

73 posted on 12/15/2008 10:27:28 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Tammy8

The ugly dog should have been shot in the chest or head, if not before releasing the first shoe, then certainly before he let the second one fly. He should have been dead before he hit the ground.

And here’s what all of those hairy sand monkeys can kiss: and it’s not my shoe.


74 posted on 12/15/2008 4:43:45 PM PST by TaxachusettsMan
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