Sunday, December 14, 2008

See Your Ass In Guantanamo, Muntadar

He can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

On an Iraq trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the war that defines his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference.

"This is a farewell kiss, you dog!" shouted the protester in Arabic, later identified as Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt.

Bush ducked both shoes as they whizzed past his head and landed with a thud against the wall behind him. "It was a size 10," Bush joked later.

"There is still more work to be done," Bush said after his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. It was at that point the journalist stood up and threw a shoe from about 20 feet away. Bush ducked, and it narrowly missed his head. The second shoe came quickly, and Bush ducked again while several Iraqis grabbed the man and dragged him to the floor.

In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. Iraqis whacked a statue of Saddam with their shoes after U.S. marines toppled it to the ground following the 2003 invasion.
I hope this guy likes black beans and knows how to speak Spanish because I forsee a vacation to a Caribbean island in his future.

Read the full story on Yahoo! News.


romach said...

Did that make me giggle or what! I am sure so many people have been tempted over the years to throw things at him :-)

Doralong said...

Too bad the sign of contmpt in that society isn't the throwing of sharp objects..

evilganome said...

I'm not sure that Mr. al-Zeidi will be extradited. He's already being hailed as a hero in the Arab world.

Honestly, I wish the American public was allowed to line Pennsylvania Ave. so we could each give GWB a swift kick in the ass.

Y | O | Y said...

EG--Better yet, we could line Penn Ave with a spanking machine! Remember those as a kid? (Everyone lines up with legs spread and then the loser of the game has to crawl through the line as everyone spanks them.) That would be hysterical!!!