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What happened to Bush in Baghdad?

2008-12-15

What happened to Bush in Baghdad?
December 14, 2008
Just 37 days before Bush term ended as US president, and during his last visit to the Iraqi capital, the Iraqi Journalist and television correspondent Muntadar al-Zeidi who works for Al-Baghdadia television station, threw his shoes at President George Bush during the president‘s farewell trip to Iraq. President Bush ducked a pair of shoes hurled at his head— one shoe after the other — while he was about 16 feet away in the middle of a news conference. Both shoes narrowly missed their target and thumped loudly against the wall behind the leaders. One shoe sailed over Bush‘s head as he stood next to Maliki and smacked into the wall behind him. The Iraqi reporter called Bush a "dog" while he threw his shoes at him in Baghdad, "This is a farewell kiss, you dog!" shouted the protester in Arabic. The incident occurred as Bush was appearing with Iraqi Prime Minister. Bush ducked and wasn‘t hit by either shoe. Bush joked, saying that all he can report was that it was a size 10 shoe. Most likely, Bush legacy will forever be linked to both the unpopular war and the thrown shoes on him. In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt and deep insulting especially when associated with describing him as a dog. As on all his reactions to the critique on his war on Iraq, Bush repeated again: "It doesn‘t bother me," urging everyone to calm down as a ruckus broke out in the conference room.
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