Shoe Throwing

On Sunday President Bush visited the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to express his thanks personally for their service.  While he was in a press conference in Baghdad, an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him expressing his disapproval of the president’s actions over the last eight years.

Would he have done that under the previous leadership?

Probably not, under Hussein such an action would have resulted, at least,  in the execution of the one throwing the shoe.  Such a public insult of a guest of the government would have been unthinkable.  (The reporter was arrested, but the sentence is as yet undetermined; some think that he should be released.)

It is a sign of the change that Bush has helped to bring about that allows the freedom to act in such a way.  Although the reporter probably doesn’t realize it, he should thank President Bush for the opportunity to throw his shoe. 

It is also a sign, that the displeasure was shown by a shoe, not a bomb.

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6 Responses to “Shoe Throwing”

  1. sulochanosho Says:

    Really it is high time our world leaders introspect in terms of ‘shoes and shames’ and the face of humanity.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      It would be good if our leaders took pride in their ethical and prudent actions, and were ashamed of their failures; whether locally, nationally, or internationally.

  2. Gloria Says:

    I was impressed with how he just kept right on going while dodging those shoes. His reflexes are pretty good.

  3. sulochanosho Says:

    Yes, indeed that’s the punch line as Gloria puts it:

    (Bush’s)His reflexes are pretty good.

  4. Pastor Curt Says:

    He has had plenty of practice at dodging insults over the years. Americans can be very direspectful of the politicians that serve our country.

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