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Man Throws Two Shoes at Bush in Iraq
Posted 12/14/08 , edited 12/14/08
http://news.aol.com/article/man-throws-two-shoes-at-bush-in-iraq/241945

BAGHDAD (Dec. 14) - 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 got a size-10 reminder 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. "This is the end!" shouted the man, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.

Bush ducked both throws. Neither leader was hit.

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

Bush visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he hands the war off to President-elect Barack Obama, who has pledged to end it. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence in a nation still riven by ethnic strife and to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement, which calls for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011.

"There is still more work to be done," Bush said after his meeting with al-Maliki, adding that the agreement puts Iraq on solid footing. "The war is not over."

In many ways, the unannounced trip was a victory lap without a clear victory. Nearly 150,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq fighting a war that is intensely disliked across the globe. More than 4,209 members of the U.S. military have died in the conflict, which has cost U.S. taxpayers $576 billion since it began five years and nine months ago.

There is plenty more on this topic, but I didn't want to make it too long or it might bore you. You can also watch a video showing Bush getting the shoes thrown at him, polls, pictures and read comments in the link above, fun stuff.

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Posted 12/14/08
shoes?
really, now? haha.
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Posted 12/14/08
Haha, I saw that on TV earlier today. I thought it was quite funny.
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thats pretty silly. he could've at least killed the guy
Posted 12/14/08
Wow that's nice.
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Posted 12/14/08
What a way to go out
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the red bit...is a bit surprising since in the article it says that "neither of the leaders have been hit" or something similar yet you claim that there are videos where it shows how bush got hit by the shoes.

woot?!
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Posted 12/14/08
that's so rude...
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Posted 12/14/08
I was expecting a thing like this to happen sooner or later
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Posted 12/14/08
Nooo! The player ain't working! I wanna see Bush get shoes thrown at T^T

That man had a lotta' guts... Throwing shoes at the president out of the blue...

Reminds me of... "THIS IS SPARTA!!!" When he said it was the end
Posted 12/14/08
LOLOL!! It IS rude obviously but wow, he deserves it. Someone should of done it earlier.
Posted 12/14/08
If the video doesn't work : http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=g3NaIumIe2Q

I lol'd
Bush has quick reflexes for an old dude.
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LOL I just read this on AOL. Anyways Bush had some nice reflexes.
Posted 12/14/08

ShroomInferno wrote:

the red bit...is a bit surprising since in the article it says that "neither of the leaders have been hit" or something similar yet you claim that there are videos where it shows how bush got hit by the shoes.

woot?!


I know, I kinda had to re-write it.
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Surprised he wasn't actually hit.
The man needs to work on his aim more.
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