Bush Attacked in Iraq

OMG!!!! … I have new respect for Bush. He’s really good at ducking, it turns out.

Yes, yes, indeed. In Arab culture (which may or may not pertain to Iraq, depending on ethnicity) the sole of the FOOT is very very dirty. I don’t know so much about the sole of the shoe. But I’m thinking that you don’t throw your shoe at someone because you like them. (As is done in certain cultures, of course.)


  1. #1 Andrew
    December 14, 2008

    I guess he’s pretty lucky it was only a shoe.

  2. #2 Xavier
    December 14, 2008

    I guess he’s pretty lucky it was only a shoe.

    You mean, like, instead of a truck bomb?

  3. #3 A loon
    December 14, 2008

    No one was killed but two soles were injured.

  4. #4 I.M. cbz
    December 14, 2008

    Some heel did it! (This is an old joke about the shoe factory burning down, right? Or am I remembering incorrectly.)

  5. #5 (((Billy)))
    December 14, 2008

    Back in the 80s, my Dad traveled to Saudi Arabia to help them plan a national park system. Before going over, he attended some cultural awareness classes sponsored by the State Department. One of the ‘no-no’s’ on the list was crossing your legs, or putting your legs up, in a way that points the sole of your shoe towards a person. This is, he was told, quite insulting. Of course, his hosts in SA were aware of American habits and told him not to be too concerned with all the horror stories the State Department told. It is only an insult if done intentionally.

    In Iraq, showing the sole of a shoe (intentionally) to another person is a very effective insult. The connotations can include (but are not limited to), “I step on you,” “You are dog feces on my shoe,” “You are the dirt under my shoe,” and “I will stomp you.” The insults range from passive (you are dirt) to aggresive (I will stomp upon you). Either way, its an insult.

    US troops in Iraq are, in many areas, routinely greeted with shoes held up with the soles facing them. That said, I have never run across the idea of actually throwing the shoe. I guess if the executors of the policy are shown the sole, the creator of the policy gets the whole shoe. Twice.

    Where’s MacNelly when you need him? One of his editorial cartoons would have been wonderful.

  6. #6 Ana
    December 14, 2008

    Now that it’s clear that Bush can, and with some skill indeed, perceive real threats and respond to them effectively, I’m even more pissed off about the last 8 years.

  7. #7 Ana
    December 14, 2008

    Or maybe it’s just the “ducking” he’s perfected…

  8. #8 Phillip IV
    December 14, 2008

    Great reflexes at ducking – I guess all the hunting trips with Dick Cheney did pay off in the end.

  9. #9 Austin Powers
    December 14, 2008

    “Who throws a shoe? Honestly, you fight like a woman!”

  10. #10 Anne Gilbert
    December 14, 2008

    It’s obvious the guy who threw the shoes was doing his best to be as insulting as possible(otherwise he would have probably thrown a tomato or something). This, as others have commented, makes sense in that culture, since feet, which touch the ground, and by extension, shoes, are, well, unclean. And the guy apparently also shouted out “This is the end, you dog!”, which, at least in that culture, would just have reinforced the insult. He was obviously very angry and upset. While I believe people should respect the office of President of the United States, I really don’t blame the guy, under the circumstances — it’s Iraq, and this stupid war has been going on for nearly five years now.
    Anne G

  11. #11 Strider
    December 14, 2008

    LMFAO!!!!!!! Props to Bush on his uncanny dodge feat. Looked like he was expecting it to me.

  12. #12 Strider
    December 14, 2008

    I’d throw my shoes at him, too! The heel has no sole!

  13. #13 Doug Alder
    December 14, 2008

    Too bad he missed.

  14. #14 Romeo Vitelli
    December 14, 2008

    “Or maybe it’s just the “ducking” he’s perfected…”

    I thought Dubya was a lame duck. Maybe he’ll play up the fact that he faced enemy fire in Iraq and is now the “sole” survivor of his mission.

  15. #15 Badger3k
    December 14, 2008

    After a lifetime spent ducking responsibility for his actions, you’re surprised at his skill? Seriously?

    (Ok, I admit that I didn’t expect a dope-and-alcohol fiend like King George to be able to move at all, but then again, I’ve seen the Rolling Stones.)

  16. #16 Danegeld60
    December 14, 2008

    Hmmm, I’ve spent a good bit of time in Saudi. I was stationed (while in the military/USAF 1991-92 and 1995-97 and 2000-2001) in the capital Riyadh; and besides shoes, the left hand (which one uses for personal sanitation purposes), and the “Evil Eye” which is still a mystery to me were considered TABOO.

    These are the fellows to beware of. They will beat you if you’re with a woman who’s not covered in an abaya, regardless of nationality.

    Here are some funny Business Cards I picked up…


  17. #17 Barn Owl
    December 14, 2008

    the sole of the FOOT is very very dirty

    Of course! Think of those magic Kinoki detox foot pads.

  18. #18 shecky
    December 14, 2008

    It was Theo. Roosevelt who once said, “There is nothing more exhilarating than being shot at and missed”… This must be Dubya’s version.

  19. #19 mark
    December 15, 2008

    You mean there’s no truth to the rumor that Bush thought the shoes were rose petals?

  20. #20 zayzayem
    December 16, 2008

    To me he seemed a little too good at ducking.

    I call shenanigans. I saw The Interpreter