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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    I think a lot of people are making a far bigger deal out of this than it warrants. Was it disrespectful to throw a shoe at our President? Absolutely. It would be to do so to any world leader. However, it was just a shoe. The most that is going to be made out of this is that it is going to get a few hundred thousand hits on Youtube and it will probably get a brief mention on Best Week Ever. Stuff like this is the lifeblood of internet video like Youtube. Who cares? The absurdity of it only underlines the fact that we should all be able to laugh about it and move on rather than take it seriously in any way.
    I guess that's possible, but I go with my gut instinct, which has been very reliable for me. I immediately said, "OH MY GOD" when I saw that incident. Personally, it disturbed me. Anytime someone is assaulted unprovoked and in an angry manner is something I cannot dismiss easily. But that's me.

    I remember witnessing a woman get her hair pulled by another woman totally unprovoked and in a violent manner. That scene has stayed with me--this happened over 20 years ago.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip



    Is it just me or does Bush smirk at the guy as soon as he realizes what's happening?

    This is probably Bush's greatest unifying moment since the invasion of Afghanistan. Today, all of the US comes together as Americans to make fun of Arabs throwing shoes

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I guess that's possible, but I go with my gut instinct, which has been very reliable for me. I immediately said, "OH MY GOD" when I saw that incident. Personally, it disturbed me. Anytime someone is assaulted unprovoked and in an angry manner is something I cannot dismiss easily. But that's me.

    I remember witnessing a woman get her hair pulled by another woman totally unprovoked and in a violent manner. That scene has stayed with me--this happened over 20 years ago.
    I understand what you are saying, but it was just a shoe. Bush handled the situation with class. Immediately after the shoe was thrown he had a smile on his face and even made a funny joke about it. Even he didn't take it seriously. I see it as Youtube fodder and nothing more.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post


    Is it just me or does Bush smirk at the guy as soon as he realizes what's happening?

    This is probably Bush's greatest unifying moment since the invasion of Afghanistan. Today, all of the US comes together as Americans to make fun of Arabs throwing shoes
    The more I see this video, the more impressed I am. Our President has some pretty amazing cat-like reflexes.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    I understand what you are saying, but it was just a shoe. Bush handled the situation with class. Immediately after the shoe was thrown he had a smile on his face and even made a funny joke about it. Even he didn't take it seriously. I see it as Youtube fodder and nothing more.
    I think it is a little more than youtube fodder. Thousands are already marching to demand the release of the man. If few more stunts against the president on his home terf by Americans happens now then watch how much jump on the anti-Bush wagon. As long as they are not obsene I imagine. But if a few more of his little shindigs get crashed then his image will degrade extremely fast. **** like this gets bigger as it rolls down hill. Unless some dip**** takes it too far. I'd really like to see the rotten fruit thing make a come back though.
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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    I think it is a little more than youtube fodder. Thousands are already marching to demand the release of the man.
    I believe that's called having too much time on your hands.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Actually, I favor the journalist's release on one condition - Bush gets to throw shoes at him. Put it on prime time TV, or even pay per view. I would pay to see that. LOL.
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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Actually, I favor the journalist's release on one condition - Bush gets to throw shoes at him. Put it on prime time TV, or even pay per view. I would pay to see that. LOL.
    Actually I would too. I'm willing to bet his reflexes aren't nearly as good.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    It would be interesting that the man who threw his shoes at Bush had realised that had he done this to President Saddam Hussein he would by now along with his entire family been arrested, tortured.
    With some semblance of Democracy, none of this is likely to occur.
    This quite simply reinforces my opinion of the average Mid Easterner, they react on emotion, are without any common sense and have virtually no ability to recall what life was like under the previous Baathist regime.

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    Re: Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post


    Is it just me or does Bush smirk at the guy as soon as he realizes what's happening?

    This is probably Bush's greatest unifying moment since the invasion of Afghanistan. Today, all of the US comes together as Americans to make fun of Arabs throwing shoes
    I'll tell you this - Bush was clearly not frightened - his expression showed amusement - and wow, quick reflexes, quicker than the security detail, and he stood his ground.

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