Where was the secret service—or better yet, White House spokesperson Dana Perino—on this one?
His governing powers all but gone, President Bush showed the world this weekend that he still has great control of his reflexes—and his sense of humor—after narrowly avoiding two shoes chucked at his head.
During a press conference in Baghdad Sunday, Bush, standing alongside Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, ducked just in a time as not one, but two size 10 shoes flew past his head. The shoes belonged to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi. Video shows al-Zaidi quickly swallowed by a sea of journalists in dark suits after the tosses.
While al Zaidi deserves credit for two accurate screamers, the real kudos belong to President Bush. With a sly grin—as if he were enjoying it—the president bobbed his head quickly to avoid the first shoe and then again, seconds later, repeated the exercise to escape harm from the second shoe.
Good thing Bush is quick as a cat, because it seems the secret service will take a bullet for the president, but not—strangely enough—a shoe. I wonder if Perino would've leapt in front of the shoes.
Afterwards, the president shrugged off the incident.
“It doesn’t bother me,” he said. “So what if he threw a shoe at me. All I can report is it is a size 10."
Sometimes I think I’m going to miss him come January 20. Here’s the video.