Sunday, December 14, 2008

smelly shoes

The more I watch and the more I think about it, this entire shoe thing stinks. The first time I saw the clip, my initial thought was "where was the Secret Service?" Now, upon further consideration, the entire sequence of events is terribly unlikely. The Iraqi reporter started by yelling angrily for a few sentences, after which he had to bend over, pick up one shoe, stand up and throw it, then bend over again, pick up the second shoe, and stand back up and throw it. The Secret Service should have had several bullets planted in his center of mass before he had time to bend over, especially for the second shoe. No agents surrounded Bush, and despite the fact that the reporter really winged that first shoe, Bush was able to react quickly enough to duck successfully, and then do it again. The same Bush that blanched and looked like he peed his pants on September 11th, 2001, chuckled as this incident finished unwinding. In a country where people blow themselves up for politics on a near-daily basis, the most hated American on the planet was a participant in a highly unlikely set of circumstances acted out on a very public stage.

Thanks, I'm not buying it.


Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

actually, my first reaction was where was the SS--how could this guy get the second shoe off? Then I thought maybe they just didn't care any more...

1:19 PM  

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