Non-embedded Media Welcome Bush to Iraq
During his farewell tour of Iraq, US President George Bush was given an unusual welcome at a press conference with Iraqi Puppet Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi reporter for Al-Baghdadia television, hurled both his shoes at Bush, declaring to the US leader: “It is the farewell kiss, you dog.“
Throwing shoes at someone is considered a high insult in Iraq and other Arab nations. However, Bush remained unfazed and casually remarked, “If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw” and “That’s what people do in a free society, draw attention to themselves.”