President George W. Bush unexpectedly flew to Iraq Sunday (2008-12-14), his fourth visit, to pay a farewell visit and discuss a recently signed security agreement. Hours later, during a news conference in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office in Baghdad, a reporter of Baghdadiya television threw two shoes, one by one, at Bush (video below).
The man who threw the shoes shouted an Arabic phrase, which reportedly translated as, “This is a farewell kiss, dog.” In the Arab world, one of the strongest insults is sticking the sole of your dirty shoe in somebody’s face.
Bush ducked both attempts and quipped, “All I can report is it is a size 10.”
After the brief chaos in the hall, inside Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, the news conference resumed.
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