Shoe Thrower Guy Open Thread
by Todd Beeton, Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 03:01:37 PM EST
Finally getting to the shoe throwing incident, what a truly bizarre event. I agree with Josh Marshall, that was one hell of a reaction Bush had, ducking as quickly as he did (seconded only in impressiveness by the thrower himself whose aim was ridiculously on target.)
I have to say, my immediate reaction was a bit of sympathy for Bush and admiration at his reaction time, which was followed by resentment toward the shoe thrower for making me feel that sympathy toward the man who has served as villain #1 for 8 years now.
The fact that the shoe throwing incident, which is an embarrassing event no matter how you slice it, has dominated the news from Bush's final Iraq trip, which was supposed to be part of his legacy PR tour, offers some satisfaction, as does the fact that the guy who threw his shoes is now considered a folk hero in the Arab world. This event could not have expressed more clearly the damage Bush and his policies have done to our image in the world, the repair of which, thank God, we are about to embark on in the coming months.
So here is video of the event and Bush's classic post-shoe press conference as well as a funny parody video.
Consider this a thread to discuss your thoughts on the incident and anything else on your mind tonight...