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Bush And The Iraqi Reporter's Shoe

By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

Of all the blog entries on President George W. Bush's near -encounter with a shoe, this is my favorite:

Sure we deplore violence as much as the next guy, but that doesn't mean we could entirely suppress a smile when an Iraqui reporter threw not one but two of his shoes at President Bush's press conference and shouted, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" during his surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday. I mean, how many times have you wanted to hurl something other than invective at your TV when W. starts fulminating?

One thing I've not seen said about the shoe incident is how quickly President Bush ducked to get out of the way of the projectile. Isn't his timing nothing short of impressive? It's a testament to his physical prowess. Too bad we can't say the same about his mental prowess. Although ducking flying objects requires a bit of brainpower, as well, we've not seen him apply the same mental prowess to his job, maybe this is a sign there is actually some brainpower in the Oval Office.

What I'd also like to address is the issue of respect for the office of the presidency if not for the person occupying it. All Americans have great respect for the office. But that does not mean we can't crack a smile when the guy who occupies it is lambasted, and that guy has done more to ruin the country than any of his predecessors.

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