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Attacker Blames Bush for Needless Deaths in Iraq, Throws Shoes

Attacker Blames Bush for Needless Deaths in Iraq, Throws Shoes

Published December 15, 2008

Posted Dec. 15, 2008 – Saying that he was angry over the deaths of women and children at the hands of U.S. military personnel, a reporter for a Baghdad TV station hurled his shoes at President Bush Sunday, barely missing Bush, who was in the middle of a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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"This is a farewell kiss, you dog," Muntadar al-Zeidi yelled in Arabic as he hurled his shoes at Bush. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

Al-Zeidi, identified as a television correspondent, was wrestled to the ground by members of the crowd.

"So what if the guy threw a shoe at me?" said Bush, who narrowly missed being hit in the head. "If you want the facts, it was a size 10," he joked. He continued with jokes later aboard Air Force One, when he quipped, “I didn't know what the guy said but I saw his `sole, " The Associated Press reported.

Written by BET-Staff

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