Yesterday, as President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki shook hands during a press conference in Iraq, and Iraqi journalist got up and threw not 1, but 2 shoes at Bush. Unfortunately, he wasn’t hit. Damn his reflexes and damn that journalist’s aim!

Bush ducked, and the shoes, flung one at a time, sailed past his head during the news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his palace in the heavily fortified Green Zone. The shoe-thrower — identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network — could be heard yelling in Arabic: “This is a farewell … you dog!” While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: “You killed the Iraqis!” Al-Zaidi was dragged away. While al-Zaidi was still screaming in another room, Bush said: “That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know.”

Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.

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What a way to end a presidency! All jokes aside, we’re glad they were only shoes. It could have been worse. Much worse…

Follow the break for pics of the incident.

Bush in Iraq

Bush in Iraq

Bush in Iraq

Bush in Iraq

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