There is a furious online debate about the media's characterization of the attackers in the opening minutes of this event. There are also charges of racism, actual racism, and the...
I thought Iraqis were a bit more restrained than this. This is the sort of behavior you’d expect from Keith Olbermann or Helen Thomas.
Bush was, as usual, cool under fire:
Zaidi yelled “Dog, dog!” as he was surrounded by Iraqi security officers, who tackled him and began to beat him. Zaidi was later removed from the ornate room in the heavily fortified Green Zone where the news conference was taking place.
Bush was not injured and joked about the incident minutes later: “If you want the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw. Thank you for your concern; do not worry about it.”
Zaidi, colleagues said, was kidnapped by Shiite militiamen last year and was later released.
Zaidi would do well to consider this point, made on Twitter, by Cameron Kaiser:
btw, to those snickering over Bush+shoes, remember throwing shoes at Saddam would’ve meant death, and that would’ve been lenient.