George Bush is Attacked by Shoe
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:44 pm
Yesterday President Bush was giving a speech in Iraq, when a reporter took off his shoe and through it at him. Luckily for the President, he was able to dodge it. Throwing a shoe in Iraq custom is one of the worst insults possible. It means you think someone is lower than dirt. Let me make one thing clear - I am a moderate democrat and have disagreed with many of Bush's polices. I am happy to see him coming to the end of his term. Despite this, my first emotion when hearing this story was surprisingly - anger. Hate him or love him, Bush is the President of the United States and thus - the international figure head of our country. Despite his flaws he is an American through and through and I honestly believes he loves this country. As a citizen I would still put my life on the line to protect him. Everyone blames him for the mess in Iraq, but if people think back to post 9/11 hysteria - everyone was looking for someone to lash out at. We pushed for this year whether we want to admit it or not. This was not entirely his fault. I can't help wonder what the reaction would have been if it was President-elect Obama who had a shoe thrown at him. I don't think as many Americans would be joking about this incident then. I know we have made a mess in Iraq and that half the population despises us. We are responsible for our actions and probably deserve repercussions. Regardless, throwing a shoe was not and is never the correct course of action. For all those who are calling for this reporter's freedom, understand this - no matter who you are, you cannot expect to attack the President of any country and get off with a slap on the wrist.