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December 15th, 2008
01:34 PM ET

Shoes thrown at Pres. Bush: What does it say about U.S. image?

Like father like son. Just as President Bush's father will forever be remembered for throwing up on the Prime Minister of Japan at a state dinner in Tokyo, so will this weekend's video of our beloved President follow him for the rest of his days.

An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at President Bush yesterday while he was holding a press conference in Iraqi with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. It was a deliberate insult directed at President Bush. For Muslims, sitting with the soles of your shoes facing someone or hurling them at someone is a sign of contempt.

The reporter, who works for an Egyptian based television network, yelled "This is a farewell... you dog!" in Arabic. He was put in jail where he remains while Iraqi officials decide whether or not he'll face charges for assaulting an official.

As for President Bush, he made light of it and announced to reporters that the shoes were a size 10.

Questions have been raised about the seemingly delayed Secret Service response and why the man was able to throw his second shoe after throwing the first, but President Bush apparently waved off Secret Service officers at first.

Thousands of Iraqis rallied in support of the reporter's actions. Some said he shouldn't have thrown his shoes at President Bush in the presence of the Iraqi prime minister.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about our image when a foreign reporter throws his shoes at President Bush?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Gus from San Francisco, California writes:
It looks bad, but there is a silver lining. I don't think that this journalist would still be alive if he had thrown his shoes at an American President or Dignitary standing next to Saddam Hussein. I guess that is progress.

Al from California writes:
It means Bush has no soul, and someone decided to loan him theirs.

JS from Grenada, West Indies writes:
The last thing I want to see happen is that George Bush leaves office with a chorus of sympathy from protocol buffs like myself. I want to condemn the shoe throwing incident. The reporter squandered a good opportunity to register his objection to Bush's presence and the last eight years by doing what journalists do best - ask cutting edge questions.

Wayne writes:
President Bush was just being greeted as a liberator.

Beverley from Fredericksburg, Virginia writes:
Jack, The journalist who threw the shoe stated that it was for the widows and the people who have been killed - I've never heard the President talk about them. I have no doubts that Sadaam was a ruthless dictator and he killed his own citizens - but he never killed as many as Bush and the neo-cons in the pursuit of liberating Iraq.

Tommy in Texas writes:
If the reporter's feelings are representative of most Iraqis', and I think they are, it is time to get our troops home.

Ed in Savannah, Georgia writes:
Jack, As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words" - or in this case, 500 pairs of shoes. I have a hunch that reporter did what a lot of Iraqis would like to do. What I'd like to know is - can we get that reporter into the White House Press corps? Press conferences might then get the TV ratings of, say, American Idol!

Jack writes:
Watching a lame duck duck, really quacked me up!


Filed under: Iraq • Nouri al-Maliki • President George W. Bush
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    NOT the US image, but the Presidents image. From what I have heard and read from Americans going overseas, especially our Military. The other nations do not dislike Americans. They Hate our Politicians, and our President.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  2. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Humm? That Bush is hated everyway he goes.
    Thank God is wasn't bullets flying. He's very lucky.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  3. don in naples, florida

    it means we should elect people with a little more integrity. bush was a disaster all the way around. How he managed to be a 2 term president is beyond me. But hopefully we have learned from our mistakes.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  4. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    It says more about Bush than US image. The whole thing will change planet-wide when Obama becomes the President. We are all tired of cowboys and truthfully, Bush gave them a bad name.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    It says exactly what we know our image has become. It will be a blessing for our country, and maybe even the whole world, when Bush leaves office.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If the shoes fit-wear them. Foreign reporters are throwing shoes at the President, while the government keeps throwing money to the failing financial institutions-the image-the US is an oxymoron.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  7. Cori from Colorado

    It means Bush is so loved around the globe.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  8. Billy G in Las Vegas

    it means Bush is a "shoe in" for the WORST President in American history.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  9. erico mb 33139

    It signifies that the Secret Service agents are going to have to 'duct' tape to the ankles, all foreign and domestic reporter's shoes, before any other press conferences. That reporter is lucky he didn't get a load of lead between the eyes.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Nothing.
    President Bush does not represent this country he represents Greed, Stupidity, and arrogance. He represents military oppression, global degradation, and corporate elite's.

    He does not represent the actual citizens of America.
    He still jetsets around the planet instead of resigning in shame.
    There is nobody more ignorant and arrogant on this planet.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  11. Marieth, Chicago

    The picture that Bush tried to paint over the last 5+ years aren't as rosy has he claims. And, just think.....we were supposed to be seen as "liberators." I guess it depends on the what the definition of "liberator" is in Bush's dictionary. However, I loved seeing it. It made my day.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  12. Katiec Pekin, IL

    It tells us we have lost respect not only in Iraq but worldwide.
    It tells us we are no longer considered an honorable nation.
    These last eight years have not only almost destroyed us financially but destroyed our image as a great country.
    If I were an Iraqi I most certainly would not admire or have good feelings towards a country that has been the cause of so many
    lives lost (will we ever know the true number?), destrustion of
    my country and a power trying to shove contrary beliefs down
    our throats.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  13. goldietaylor

    Frankly, it says more about Bush's reputation than it does about us as a country. Now we know he is held in little regard both at home and abroad.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  14. Neatha from Kansas City

    In the arab culture, the shoe is the ultimate insult, if you remember they were hitting Saddam's statue with shoes. I think that reporter summed up the world's feelings in one act. Let's hope we can get back to a time, when others did not feel the need to throw things at our leaders or of frustration.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  15. cliff houlihan

    Bush, after the shoe, said he sees it as nothing more than a political statement. He views it in the same light as showing displeasure with a politician by using the less than 5 fingers sign. Well in Bellevue, WA, his lackey Dave Reichart got a bus driver fired for showing the less than 5 finger sign at a Bush motorcade. Guess Dave will have to go to Iraq and get the Iraqi reporter fired. Bush does not have a clue as to what shoe throwing is in Arab culture.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  16. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Only in as much as people identify Bush with America does that sort of outrage hurt us. Educated people like journalists know the difference between in- name-only- Americans and practicing Americans like Obama who we have chosen to the whole world's delight.

    Before the Iraqi journalist gave George the shoes, we gave him and his policies the boot. The way I see it, we are all on the same page.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  17. Conor in Chicago

    It says that when a common person gets the opportunity to have some face to face time with one of the Elite of the planet they do what a lot of us would do: Anything they can to hurt them.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  18. Allen L. Wenger

    It shows just how badly we have handled this war. We removed a ruthless dictator and made the lives of the average Iraqi worse in the process. It will take a lot of work to get our reputation back to where it was before we started nation building in Iraq.

    Allen
    Mountain Home, ID

    December 15, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  19. JD in NH

    The shoes were symbolic and although only 1 person threw them, millions were represented. It's very sad what George W. Bush has done to this country's reputation around the world. Even sadder are the unnecessary deaths of American and Iraqi citizens. How do the loved ones of our lost soldiers feel when the person who instigated a war or choice is pelted with footwear and the American flag is burned?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  20. Kevin

    It says we have lost respect around the world.
    This government has treated other countries like their opinion about world affairs doesn't matter and the U.S will do what it dam well please.
    People can see that the end is near for the Bush administration and their callous policies. Maybe now, they feel more brazen and are likely to speak out (act out too).

    In the past 3 years I have been to Ireland and Thailand. People in these countries have told me their dislike of President Bush. They would also mention how they loved Clinton. They don't understand why Americans voted for Bush.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  21. Carol c.

    I could not believe my eyes! But we have to put ourselves in their position. This administration has devastated their country for no reason and who knows but what he has lost people close to him in all of this.

    Hopefully we will soon have a new face on America and regain our standing in the world.

    Knoxville, TN

    December 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  22. Heidi - Grand Rapids, MI

    It says that's it's time for Bush to leave office now and let Obama move in early. Bush's smug response to the incident shows that he really doesn't care what the world thinks of us anymore. Frankly, I'm ready for change...

    December 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  23. jon hoffman

    Jack: This is an absolute insult to the office of the President. It is not George Bush. We may not like the Iraqi War Policy but we do salute the Flag and stand for the Pesident. So it says that our image is really bad yet the Iraqiis are ill mannered undemocratic hot heads.
    It was no excuse that President Bush was speaking about the good job he did and how much more we are going to do for the Iraqiis.
    Jon in Calif.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  24. mike cleveland

    jack i wish the reporter had better aim. he acomplished what 50% of americans wish they could it is the least we can do for a man who devided our country

    December 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  25. Kel in Auburn, AL

    It tells us two things: One we knew, that there are lots of people around the world who would love the opportunity to throw something at George Bush's head. The other, that our President seems to have great reflexes.

    Where were those lightning quick reaction times when the Economy Collapsed? A quick and effective response from Bush's administration sure would have been useful then!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  26. Christina Berger

    I think the more important questions is: What does it say about the state of affairs in this country when a foreign reporter throws his shoes at President Bush and Americans laugh?

    Today's my birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a better present. Well, maybe if he hadn't ducked in time...

    -Christina
    North Syracuse, NY

    December 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  27. Troy K (From Alberta)

    Well Jack..You know what everybody says. If the shoe fits, wear it! Bush deserves to get the boot. Looks like he at least gets a shoe.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  28. Karl from SF, CA

    I think it says President Obama has a lot of fences to mend. It was hardly an expression of thanks for all President Bush has done to Iraq. Of course on one hand, if Bush hadn’t bought pseudo-democracy to Iraq, the reporter wouldn’t have dared to throw his shoes, but on the other hand, but the way he bought that pseudo-democracy to Iraq, he probably wouldn’t have even thought to do it.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  29. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    It says the foreign reporter probably tossed out a more accurate reflection of both world, and certainly local opinion, of Bush and his policies than he did throwing the shoe on target. However, the behavior of the reporter was truly reprehensible and very disrespectful, and an embarrassment to both Iraq and the U.S. But then again, Bush's Iraq policies does invite international outrage. On a positive note, he was lucky it was only a shoe and not a goat.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  30. william fitzwater

    I think after President Bushes job performace over the last 8 years I think many americans also wouldn't mind throwing thier shoes either.
    I'm just too much a Christian to do such a act to a elected official.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  31. lynn. vancouver, bc

    At least 4 million Iraqis out of a population of 25 million are now refugees since the invasion. To put that in perspective, that would be the equivalent of 40-45 million Americans. Who wouldn't want to throw something at the person responsible for bungling this so called "freedom" expedition?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  32. Mike S.,New Orleans

    America's image has been damaged severely in the past eight years. We can arrogantly pretend we liberated the Iraqi people, or we can finally admit that tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians were killed in the name of "collateral damage." We know which mindset our outgoing President will embrace.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  33. carrie

    to bad the guy wasn't throwing something bigger and to bad he did not have a better aim.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  34. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack,
    I don't think they like us very much. Do you? This is an insult not just to President Bush but to our whole country. What the heck are we doing in that country anyhow? Helping people who dislike us and want us out of there seems foolish. It is time to cut our lossses and bring our troops home and as our troops leave the troops should throw their shoes at the ones who have disrespect for us.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    December 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  35. O.Jordan

    Don't say much.I just lmao when I seen it.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  36. perry jones

    he sould have thrown his shoes back at him and went on with the press

    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    December 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  37. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Not a pretty picture Jack. It is the ultimate insult in there culture. What it says about our image would be a little more clear to the american people if you guy`s didn`t sound bite the reporter, and let them hear all that was said. We have killed inocent women and children and distroyed people`s lives forever. Bush is a worse than a dog, and being he is our leader, so are we in the eyes of the people in that region.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  38. Chez

    It shows alot when a shoe gets trown at a setting President of The United States.First off were is the Secret Service to dive in front off the shoe to save him from potential danger...Funny I guess they don't like him anymore than the 10% of America that still think he's super cool....

    December 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  39. kay

    Bush deserves far worse than what he got!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  40. Harry

    Say what you will.... Bush is still the president of the U.S., and such an insult, being literally thrown at Bush, is being thrown at the people of the U.S. as well. As much as I dislike Bush, this has gone too far. After all the fancy rhetoric, this is exactly how the Arab world regards the American people.

    Harry
    Ky.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  41. Greg in Cabot AR

    The reporter probably couldn't lift the kitchen sink Bush deserves to have thrown at him.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  42. Benjie from Laredo

    My husband said to me last night, "I kept wondering how long it was going to take before somebody threw something at Bush." I guess a shoe is better than nothing. Personally, I wish Bush had been thrown out of office on his keester a long time ago. One can only hope.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  43. Roger Woods

    I'm surprised that this type of incident has not happen before. I do not condone this type of behavior but world is and has been disgusted with Bush, his administration, and their lousy foreign policy from day one of his failed Presidency! President Bush (if you can call him that) is the reason why the U.S. is viewed so negatively around the world.

    January 20th can not get here fast enough!

    RW

    December 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  44. Chez

    It shows alot when a shoe gets trown at a setting President of The United States.First off were is the Secret Service to dive in front off the shoe to save him from potential danger…Funny I guess they don’t like him anymore than the 10% of America that still think he’s super cool….

    Chez
    Colorado Springs CO

    December 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  45. mcarey from Ohio

    It just reiterates what those who have traveled outside of the US already know...the rest of the world thinks we are bullies and know-it-alls. Bush did so much damage to our image that many overseas are laughing their heads off at this man's actions. I think Bush's attempt at trying to use a "surprise trip" as propaganda to show how "right" he was in proceeding with the war and that he would be hailed as the "hero" in Iraq backfired....BIG TIME!!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  46. Rob Las Vegas

    well, look how far we have sunk– Image, what Image Jack– Bush has destroyed everything he has touched– what a Failed pathetic soul Bush has become.

    Remember Liberators with flowers– well I guess flowers are made out of rawhide or pleader, coming at our heads like it was hurled by major league pitcher.

    Bush Made the shoe thrower a hero in Iraq, and Our soldiers who he sent in harms way to Iraq, for a reason we the American People still do not know are scorned, This is the worst US President ever.

    Jan 20th 09 where are you? please hurry!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  47. Mark in OKC

    It tells us that the US should stop trying to be the world's babysitter and mind our own interests. The US is never thanked for anything good we try to do anyway. Let the rest of the world take care of themselves for a change.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  48. pat rezack

    Jack it means: shoo! shoo!

    Pat
    Elkmont, Alabama

    December 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  49. Sam from arizona

    this shows how we cant say that we are always correct just because we are America and we see are self as a great country. if we want other nations to respect us as a peaceful and democratic nation we must think about what other nations will think before we make a huge foreign policy decision such as the Iraq war.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  50. Will from San Jose

    Obama was greeted by massive crowds waving U.S. flags in Berlin and Bush has a shoe thrown at him. That has far more to do with President Bush's image than America's image.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  51. Robby

    We have become the dead fish in the room. Time to pack up and go away. The region is sick of the war tension. We will leave and it will go right back to the way it was before we invaded. All for naught when it comes to the loss of the many soldiers who did their jobs and the ones who will never be right with brain wounds and body wounds and the poor Iraqi people who had to indure the mess created by a few Washington elites.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  52. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    This is one of the worst insults according to Iraqi mores and customs. Literally, it means that the Iraqi people consider us "dogs."There is no affection for the US here. It says that President -elect Obama needs to mount a global PR campaign for the re-establishment of our country's reputation around the world.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  53. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    It means our image is negatively reflected by our current President. We're not seen as the fairest in the land, nor are we respected, trusted, or favored. We've got a lot of work to do to regain what has been lost in the past eight years. Let's hope the towel hasn't been thrown in too.

    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    December 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  54. Kay-Ann, NYC, New York

    Says we're deep in it man, Obama has his job cut out for him.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  55. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Because we Americans didn't do the right thing and give President Bush the boot, the Iraqis took it in their own hands and gave him the shoe. Impeachment would have been a much better alternative than the continued international humiliation of our country.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  56. Jason - Raleigh, NC

    The throwing shoes at Bush incident shows how much respect we now have in the war-torn country of Iraq that W. has created. The U.S. image is obviously tattered & torn.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  57. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It says that we are not alone with our frustrations.

    However, we cannot blame Bush alone, all of us could and should have acted years ago. Remember, he is OUR president.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  58. Nancy from Indiana

    I thought that was very embarrassing and uncalled for by a reporter! Not even Bush deserves that kind of reception. If they don't want us over there than let's get the heck out and let whatever will be will be!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  59. atifet fetiu

    It says that he had more guts than many Americans including me who would love to do the same thing. And if Bush would let us throw shoes at him for $100 per shoe, he could pay off the national debt.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  60. Mary from Houston, tx

    One Iraqi journalist stood up to bush in opposition to his premptive war for oil and contracts.
    Too bad the shoe missed, it might've knocked some sense into president photo op.
    Did the journalist waste a good pair of shoes on W?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  61. Robert, MN

    It just means that Bush is a "shoe-in" for the worst president in history, Jack.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  62. N.S , Huntsville Al

    Jack, It says that we Americans really don't understand the damage that BUSH has done to other countries. We feel it here, in the USA, but abroad, I don't think we will ever recover our good standings with other countires. It's a rap, we are hated. Bush can laugh it off all he wants, but he is hated he declared war on a country because of greed and power, and too many innocent people were killed. He deserved a trillion shoes thrown at him, ONE TRILLION

    Naomi from Huntsville, Al

    December 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  63. Candy Butkus, Texas

    Howdy Jack.

    I may not be very smart but I reckon it may just say more about the shoe-throwing reporter than it does about the U.S. or President Bush who sent our troops to Iraq to help them. Thats greatitude for ya!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  64. Ernest T.

    Forget the shoes, Jack. What does is it say about Bushes image when
    the Secret Service even took their time responding?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  65. don Calgary,Alberta

    how fast did the "ss" step in to surround him....watch it again!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  66. Steve Clark

    Jack my wife and I respect the office of the President of the United States, but when you see our leader cringe when a shoe is thrown at him, while the Iraqi leader standing next to him put his had up to catch the shoe, there is where the problem lies. Our leader stated "BRING IT ON", posing as a tough cowboy, while our troops were dodging bullets and roadside bombs, but he won' t attempt to block a shoe thrown at him. The rest of the world saw what I saw and are laughing. The change is not coming soon enough. The Clarks Norco, Ca.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  67. Lisa, Ashford, Alabama

    The Iraqis feel the same way Americans do–we both can't stand Bush.

    Bush is lucky that he only had shoes thrown at him.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  68. Lisa, Ashford, Alabama

    It means an Iraqi journalist is willing to commit shoe-i-cide.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  69. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    That the Iraqis hate bush for what he has done to their country,join the club.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  70. Susi Learn-Tucson, Az

    as they say.............if the shoe fits..............

    susi
    tucson

    December 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  71. barbara in Tacoma

    it's to bad they missed him. He still doesn't get why people all over the world hate him.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  72. Dan

    Dear Jack,

    Sometimes I find it hard to believe how incredibly narcissistic our president is. The reporter threw the shoe at him as an insult; and, as your question confirms, that is the issue -- why did that reporter wish to insult the president? George's response? "I wan't insulted". As if that fixed it then. How completely out of touch can one be?

    Dan NY

    December 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  73. Richard, Providence, RI

    The guy had a pretty good delivery system; rapid fire and dead on target. I'm surprised Bush had the sense to duck.
    Our image is tarnished forever because of the Bush / Cheney approach to deplomacy.
    It is one of the biggest crimes committed by his administration.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  74. Carli in San Diego

    It means people all around the world are fed up with the Bush Regime, 36 days until this clown is out of office

    December 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  75. Kev - New Jersey

    It means that reporter had lousy aim!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  76. Dave from Orlando

    It shows just how little respect the world has after 8 years of a fool running his own country into the ground and placing the entire world at greater risk from terrorists.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  77. Martyn Bignell

    As most have said, it say's more about Bush than the United States, however, they must all be a little bewildered as to why we gave him one term let alone two. Have to say though that the Presidents reflex on the first throw was impressive, however, lets all look to the future as we have a new President from the 20th January 2009. Amen to that.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  78. dennis north carolina

    do we have a image left in the world after eight years of Bush? Bush was luck that it was only a shoe but what does that say about security? If you had your country destroyed and many people killed with the words of freedom but it was for oil would you not want to throw your shoe at the person who caused it?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  79. Al in IA

    George was pretty good dodging those flying loafers. I wonder if he's had a lot of practice with the White House china.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  80. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    I means the reporter couldn't sneak in a water baloon.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  81. Len in Clarkston, Wa.

    I just wish the reporter had a better fast ball...er...shoe.

    This not only reflects how far too many Iraqis feel about him but I'll bet if George got in a State Fair dunk-tank right here in the States, we could pay off our National Debt in no time.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  82. Sherrol in Canada

    Gives the term lame 'duck' a new meaning..........

    December 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  83. Pamela Adelman

    It shows that just because you want to throw something at President Bush does not mean you should because you wait long enough and someone will do it for you. Whats even better they will do it on live TV!!!

    Pamela
    Show Low, AZ

    December 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  84. gg

    wish the guy had ten feet

    December 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  85. jess, ohio

    I think it's full circle. In the Islamic religion, using a shoe is the 'King' of all insults. I only wish it were four pairs of shoes to symbolize eight years of lies, greed and inexcusable irresponsibility from a man that has NEVER been competent in his position.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  86. tom madison wi

    I am so ashamed and embarrassed of having Bush for a president that nothing concerning him can even phase me any longer. Where can we send shoes?

    December 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  87. shobana in florida

    The world blames President Bush for all the economic woes prevalent now and the middle east crisis in Iraq. It was a very angry reporter who threw his shoes at the President. It was a dastardly act but it reflects how far down the President has fallen

    December 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  88. Kev - Cherry hill, New Jersey

    First, It means the Iraqi reporter has real bad aim, and Second, it gave Bush the opportunity to make meaningless stupid remarks, which he did. Kind of makes you wish the reporter did hit him, then we wouldn't have had to listen to him.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  89. Jackie in Dallas

    Considering it is the worst possible insult you can make in an Islamic country, I think we can assume that our continued presence there, and Bush's little whistle stop there, didn't meet with general approval.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  90. Quentin Bailey

    Hey Jack, I heard that the Yankees were offering that guy 8 years and 200 million. He missed by inches.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  91. Mary - California

    It shows that Bush has very little respect in that "neck of the woods"!
    And what can we expect next, until Bush steps down?

    December 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  92. forbes Phoenix, AZ

    A country's reputation usually lies in the behavior of its leaders. This may have been aimed at Bush, but the USA has lost its credibility in the world community because of him.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  93. ken kunzli

    I think Pres Bush should get to keep the shoes. Can you imagine how much they would fetch on ebay?

    December 15, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  94. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    2 Balls and No Strikes!

    December 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  95. GARY

    It shows that most of the negative feelings against the US in the world are directed at people in positions of power, and not at our citizens. President Bush appears to be humming Pat Benatar's "Hit me with your best shot". He has not changed at all.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  96. Jackson

    It means, most reporters can't hit a Lame Duck.
    Bush should stick to Dodge Ball, that seems to be his best game.
    Bill
    Florida

    December 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  97. Richard of Enoch, Utah

    The bottom of the shoe is the lowest form. Many parts of the world think that we are their biggest problem and Bush is our leader. I hope that our opinion will grow with the next President. I have to say though, President Bush can move pretty fast for his age!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  98. Adela

    It means from now on, no SHOES allow in press conferences.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  99. George

    If the Shoe was on the other foot, would we as Americans have done the same thing that the reporter did if Saddam had come into our country, and did what Bush had done in Iraq?

    December 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  100. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    It means their image of the US is the same as ours.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  101. Terry in Hanover County

    It says less about America than it does about Bush and how the Iraqis feel about him.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  102. E CANADA / Johns Creek, GA

    It's a shame the United States as a nation is looked down on because of our leadership. Hopefuly in the next four years all that will change with President Barack Obama.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  103. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    There is nothing lower than a shoe on the foot. Ergo, there is nothing lower that the view of the US President by the Middle Eastern world. President-Elect Obama has a lot of damage repair ahead of him.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  104. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    This means that from now on, reporters will have to check their shoes in before they meet with the President.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  105. Jeff in Connecticut

    It shows that people all over the world know that Bush is a lying, fraudulent, self-serving criminal who is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people and must be punished appropriately for his crimes. I for one wish it had been bullets rather than shoes.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  106. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Even though I disagree with Bush's policies it's apparent Iraqis now have freedom to express themselves which they didn't have under their previous dictator.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  107. Greg Key West, FL

    Maybe after mr. Bush leaves office he will go back into the baseball business & hire the reporter as a pitcher

    December 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  108. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    and to think, half of the people in this country voted for him twice.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  109. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    What does it say when none of the Secret Service agents stepped in front of the President to catch those pedestrian missles? They wouldn't even catch a shoe for the President, never mind a bullet.
    George Bush killed a million Iraqis, destroyed their infrustructure and stole their oil. Throwing a couple of shoes is a small but clear expression of contempt for the presence of the US in Iraq...and well deserved.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  110. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    It is a reminder of how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  111. Don (Ottawa)

    The fact that he could dodge a fast shoe, not once by twice in a row means he should have stayed with baseball rather than pretend he was presidential.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  112. Esther M. Akron Ohio

    that guy just spoke what others in his country and the region are afraid to say or to expose their feeling about what this president and our country did to the region. may god have mercy on his soul and life after he leaves office

    December 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  113. David, Vancouver

    The shoes should be retrieved for display in the Smithsonian, as an
    icon of the Bush Presidency.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  114. Francisco M. Vasquez

    Jack:

    I'm not sure what it says about our image, but I think the reporter's action (which I do not condone, by the way) was a statement: "Here, try these on for size and walk a mile in my shoes!"

    Francisco
    Buffalo, NY

    December 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  115. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    It has nothing to do with the image of the U.S. It has everything to do with the image of the current President. With him in charge our image is terrible. He is hated by many in and out of the U.S. There are many who believe he should be tried for War Crimes and that is just in the U.S. It is perfectly logical to expect a citizen of Iraq to hate him.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  116. Johnno - Jamaica

    Lame duck president. Duck Season !!!

    December 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  117. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    This was more a demonstration of frustration against George Bush than against the US. I gather the shoe-throwing reporter is a well-respected member of his profession in Iraq who has suffered from personal family losses and extreme conditions. It is not surprising that he felt incensed by the complacent, always smirking George Bush, who is blamed by most Iraquis, rightly or wrongly, for the sad plight of their country. Thank goodness a diplomat will soon be President.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  118. Max S. Richmond, VA

    I don't know what it says about the US image, but President Bush dodged a shoe, not bullets and they just as well could have been. Where the hell was the Secret Service? Is this the kind of Security we have for our president? What if that was Obama? Image? What does it say when we can't even keep our president safe from a flying shoe.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  119. Jared

    It means we have a better respect for footwear! I don't care how awful the President is ... I'd never throw my Ferragamo's at him!
    He must have been wearing Crocs!

    December 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  120. jim Toronto

    The reporter was sending a message to the world that Mr. Bush is a 'heel and lacks a soul' & that his 'shoemanship' was not welcome in Iraq.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  121. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    It tells the world we are soft on crime. Reporters don't throw shoes at war criminals who are locked up where they belong.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  122. Jay in Texas

    It shows that not everyone in Iraq is grateful for Bush's "liberation" of their country. I do think President Bush did an admirable job of dodging the shoes.
    Brownwood, Texas

    December 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  123. Tommy Seymour Tx

    If the reporter's feelings are representative of most Iraqis'-and I think they are-it is time to get our troops home.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  124. Katherine - Oklahoma

    I think it is more of a statement about Bush that we find it so funny. I know more people that was laughing out loud about the incident. The man is a disgrace of a president, shame the person didn't have better aim. At least Saturday Night Live will be good this week!

    December 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  125. bob spore

    shoes are cheap. bullets cost money. sandles would have sailed better. they still need our help anyways. gotta say bush can still DUCK well. lame that is.

    bob spore baltimore md

    December 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  126. Nick in Eau Claire, WI

    Before the war, this person would have been killed for showing that kind of disrespect to a leader. The fact the man is only in jail right now shows how far Iraq has come.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  127. Gerry

    It says the reporter wasn't getting a kick out of Bush's address.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  128. Cori from Colorado

    It means the world is on common ground with their ill feelings towards Bush. We know that reporter didn't have cold feet when he expressed himself...well, technically, his feet were cold, but not his hot-blooded temper.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  129. Donald in CA

    I'm not a Bush supporter but he is our President and that was a terrible lack of respect.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  130. Tom, Bradenton

    Too bad it was just a shoe. When I travel overseas, I pretend to be Canadian and people leave me alone. I think that says it all.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  131. Barbara

    How interesting that a 21-gun salute should turn to a "two-shoe" farewell.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  132. Rey, Montreal

    To Marieth from Chicago who writes on "liberators" , may I add that in 22 conflicts the USA has been involved in worldwide since WW2, no democracy has ever emerged. Not a single one. So when Bush & Co declared war on Saddam with the intent to change Iraq to a democracy, you can imagine what a laugh I got out of this one.

    And as much as I hate saying so, I'm afraid this reporter was throwing a shoe at the US. Just so happened Bush was at the receiving end in this particular case. So one must not assume that with Bush gone, the world will forget.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  133. Bruce Edwards

    What does it say? It's just the Iraqi version of Heel to the Chief.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  134. james from texas

    to bad that repoter was not a better shot. duck you lame duck, duck

    December 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  135. Tom Zorumski

    Jack, could you please give us the E-mail address of the gentleman that threw the shoes? I would like to thank him.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  136. MarjorieKeach

    Jack – If that were Reagan as the target of those shoes, he would have quipped "I'm glad he had only two feet." Bush on the other hand was predictably pedantic.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  137. Wes

    Many foreigners like America and its promise of opportunity and freedoms. There are also many Iraqi people who are angry over the lack of promised improvements being delivered. Many Iraqis are happy that Saddam is gone, but upset at the slow pace of infrastructure progress. The reporter has a right to be upset, but not a right to attempt to assault the IZ or US President.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  138. Chuck Woodall

    I am not bothered that a shoe was tossed at the President, as he deserves a boot, my concern is that a second volley of footwear was allowed. Where was the Secret Service? I hope they are watching President Elect Obama with closer eyes. Someone needs to put the shoe to the Secret Service and wake them up. God forbid something happen to Bush before Jan 20, I can't imagine what damage Cheaney could do in 30 days.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  139. Thomas Collins

    We should take the lead from the Iraqis, and all send the congress our old shoes to show them how thier doing!

    December 15, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  140. Jerry

    He did what our Senate and Congress should have done, give him the boot. If they were holding up the constitution of the United States, as they should have been. Jerry Iowa

    December 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  141. Dave

    Let's face it , that reporter was just trying to show Bush his deepest appreciation from the bottom of his sole (soul).

    December 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  142. Robert Biers

    He needs to attend pitching school. No hitter

    December 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  143. Ron in Canada

    I was impressed with the accuracy of the throws. George really had to duck. If I'd been throwing shoes at a president in order to make a statement, I would probably have been embarrassingly off the mark.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  144. Mr Magoo

    Image? What image? The US is hated all over the world. You have idiots running the country. The reporter has poor follow through and should have compensated for the breeze from the air conditioner.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:32 pm |