A Presidency in 3 Seconds

Surely by now you’ve seen the clip of the Iraqi reporter throwing his shoes at President Bush. As with everything else for the better part of a decade, it’s clearly a sign that Bush wrecked America’s former homecoming queen status in the Arab world. You’ll also learn, if you skim the comments (and sadly, some of the contributors’ content) on posts at Politico, the Washington Post, etc, that this proves:

  • President Bush is ruining the lives of John and Suzie Q. Iraqi!
  • President Bush’s security is terrible because of how incompetent he is!
  • President Bush is Saddam times ten!
  • Other, even less coherent truths that are obvious to everyone except The Neocons!

When I saw the clip, it seemed like a perfect summary of Bush’s presidency. Something gets thrown at his face; he smiles, ducks, and returns to what he was doing. Byron York noted several wonderful quotes from an Air Force One press conference following the incident:

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, my opening statement: I didn’t know what the guy said, but I saw his sole….I’m pretty good at ducking, as most of you will know —

And:

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t think you can take one guy throwing shoes and say this represents a broad movement in Iraq. You can try to do that if you want to. I don’t think it would be accurate.

QUESTION: Well, then, separately from him —

THE PRESIDENT: That’s exactly what he wanted you to do. Like I answered on your question, what he wanted you to do was to pay attention to him. And sure enough, you did…

[There was a noise on board the plane.]

THE PRESIDENT: The other shoe just dropped. Look, I’m going to be thinking of shoe jokes for a long time. I haven’t heard any good ones yet.

Isn’t one of the President’s daughters still single? I’m holding out hope.

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