An Iraqi journalist threw a pair of shoes at US President George W. Bush at a media conference he was about to address with Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad yesterday. The Associated Press reports that “the president was not hurt in the incident”.
“This is a farewell kiss, you dog,” the reporter, later identified as television correspondent Muntadar al-Zeidi, yelled in Arabic. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”
“So what if the guy threw a shoe at me?” Bush said, comparing the action to political protests in the United States. “It’s a size 10.”
Video: courtesy The Associated Press
Should journalists take sides and express their feelings so openly? Which Indian politician would receive the most pairs of shoes if such incidents were to take place in India?