George Bush appeared at a surprise press conference in Baghdad earlier today, after a highly secret overnight flight.
Yet despite what the New York Times at one point called “extraordinary security,” a man within 12 feet of the lectern was able to throw first one of his shoes and then the other at the president. He missed. Twice.
He got two shots at the president before security agents got to him. It’s unnerving to think what this might mean for security measures in place in the U.S. Maybe nothing. But maybe something.
And yes, Bush had gone to Baghdad one last time to boast about how well he’s done in Iraq. It seems he still doesn’t realize that his “legacy” was set in stone a long time ago.
Thirty-six days more days …
Note: CNN reporter Michael Ware later explained that, in the Arab world, throwing one’s shoe at someone is the ultimate insult. He reminded viewers that when Saddam Hussein’s statue was pulled down, Iraqis rushed in and beat it with their shoes.