December 16th, 2008
02:53 PM ET

Caught in the, eh, shoe-fire?

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Philippe Naughton
Times Online

It looks like she's been in the wars. In fact, she just joined President Bush on his weekend trip to Baghdad and came back with what she calls a "shoe-venir".

Dana Perino, the White House Press Secretary, was sporting a clearly visible black eye as she returned to work in Washington today, briefing reporters on subjects including car industry bailouts and Middle East peace.

Ms Perino was in the room when an Iraqi reporter, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, pulled off his shoes and flung them at Mr Bush on Sunday in a gesture of contempt that has seen him hailed as a hero in the Arab world.

Mr Bush, who was giving a joint press conference with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, ducked sharply as the size 10 loafers whizzed past his head. His spokeswoman, sitting to his right, was hit in the face by a microphone boom sent flying by a presidential bodyguard.


Filed under: Iraq
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Just another victim of hatred inspired by G W Bush and company. This time it apparently hit home and the bystander just happened to be one of G W Bush's own instead of some innocent American or Iraqi. I just can't shake the feeling that There is some kind of divine 'justice' being played out here

    December 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  2. Luann Martin

    I was alittle impressed with how well Mr. Bush dodged the shoes but then realized he has been ducking the issues (another type of shoe) for eight years . Bless you!

    December 16, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  3. Randy

    If the shoe didn't hit you must acquit!

    December 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  4. Courtney Priester

    Yeah, she needs to suck it up and get over it. So, she got hit wi/ it. BOO-WHOO. Go cry to her mommy or her boss. I'm sure it's the least he can do to compensate her for all of her troubles. Personally, I think it makes her look so fetch.

    December 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Poor Dana. She ought to ask for combat pay. I'm glad her injury was no worse but had the Secret Service been more vigilant perhaps she wouldn't have been injured at all.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  6. JC- Los Angeles

    Now Dana knows how the rest of America feels when Bush is around.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Maria

    Shoe shiner and coffee on Ms Perino’s face, not funny.

    December 16, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  8. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Well Philippe, I suppose that is part of her job description. Taking a hit for the boss. Poor girl!

    December 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Well I guess the shoe throwing that everyone thinks is so funny had a casualty after all. I bet Dana wasn't laughing about it!


    December 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm |