AC360 Associate Producer
Just call it payback for the time Helen Thomas threw her stiletto heel at Nuri al-Maliki. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, an Iraqi journalist threw his wingtips at President Bush in Baghdad Sunday. Apparently the man was upset he had missed former Payless Shoes spokeswoman Star Jones’s USO tour. Frankly, I think people should be less concerned that the president had shoes thrown at him and more concerned that he was later spotted wearing them.
Meanwhile the resignation watch continues in Illinois, where Rod “Where the #$&@ is my blow dryer?” Blagojevich remains in office. He and his wife, Patty, had a relatively low-key weekend, meeting with advisors and mugging Salvation Army bell-ringers. In fact, they were so low-key about it that they probably would have gone unnoticed by the press had Mrs. Blagojevich not been wearing her coat made from the fur of 101 Dalmatians.
The conventional wisdom is that there is no way Blagojevich and his bangs can hold onto his office and that he is spending his time trying to work out a deal where he trades his resignation for a lighter sentence. That’s of course when he’s not wandering around in his bathrobe muttering, “I’ll see you in hell, Eliot Ness.”
President-elect Obama, who no doubt wishes Blagojevich would become the victim of an unfortunate hairspray mishap, will meet with his national security team today. The meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the customary, “um Hillary, you’re in my chair.”
Elsewhere, John McCain declined to say whether he’d support a possible 2012 presidential bid by Sarah “I’ve never met a polar bear I couldn’t gun down from a helicopter.” Said McCain on ABC, “I can't say something like that. We've got some great other young governors.” The senator added, “but I fully support her three-episode arc as the saucy neighbor on the new Beverly Hills 90210.”
Palin’s former rival, Vice President-elect Joe Biden has a new puppy. Biden’s wife Jill bought him an adorable German Shepherd. Just remember, Mr. Vice President-elect, puppies are a delight but they like to chew everything. Especially hair plugs.
And finally, in yet another sign of the global economic downturn, there’s word from England that Queen Elizabeth II has resorted to – gasp – wearing the same outfit more than once. Which explains why she delivered her annual Christmas message wearing track pants and a Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour sweatshirt.
And shoes that someone threw at her.
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