Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quote of the Week Year Decade



"This is a goodbye kiss, you dog!

-- shouted by Iraqi journalist Muthathar al Zaidi as he threw his shoes at George W. Bush during a press conference conducted as part of Bush's "secret" final visit to the country he plunged into war

And just for the hell of it, now might be a good time to revisit this classic:

"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators."

-- Dick Cheney (March, 2003)

19 comments:

Darek said...

Clearly you're not familiar with the Iraqi culture.

Dog is, in fact, a term of endearment in Iraq, and the gifting of shoes is a sacred ritual meant to signify that one is welcome to return at any time.

So you see, Cheney was right.

trish said...

That couldn't be any funnier.

Doc said...

In the immortal words of Al Bundy, "Shoe-betcha!"

Anonymous said...

Oh you haters are all the same. Under Saddam the journalist would be dead by now.

Anonymous said...

Its a damned shame to know that if the shoes had hit Bush in the head it wouldn't have affected him in the least.

whatsergem said...

I love that this is all over the place. I don't love that some blog commenters are actually saying this is disrespectful to a President/world leader. Whatever. I'm imagining President-elect Obama holding a press conference condemning this attack, but then falling apart with laughter while trying to say "...and we strongly condemn those who would use....SHOES as a weapon..."

Really liked the headline...

Girl With Curious Hair said...

I love how Bush was spinning what happened afterward. As if being the target of flying shoes and verbal insults were a vindication of what he's been saying all along. He's just that stupid.

Rory said...

For once, it looks like George thought fast. Good dodge!

Remember the five D`s: Dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge.

Richard Reid said...

I applaud this man's sense of professionalism and journalistic integrity.
-k

Anonymous said...

Just as funny was the tv coverage this afternoon.

ANCHOR: Was the President in any danger?

SECURITY ANALYST: No.

Well, duh.

Although, I was surprised at Bush's quick reflexes. The journalist's aim was pretty good and would have hit Bush if he hadn't ducked.

Dianne said...

not much to add except

giggle...

Steve said...

Serpentine, George! Serpentine!

Anonymous said...

its unfortunate to see the daily exercise regimen is keeping his reflexes up. damn!

Graham said...

For those of you who are not familiar with our western culture and are wondering why we need to told that throwing shoes in Iraq is an insult, throwing your shoes is considered a sign of gratitude in western society.

Quite recently I went to a restaurant and was given excellent food and service. I was so pleased with the way I was treated that I threw my shoes at my waiter.

The restaurant owner saw me and started shouting excitedly in appreciation of my gratitude and had these large men dressed in sharp suits make sure I found my way out the building so that I didn't get lost.

A friend tells me they even have put my picture up in the entrance so that they can recognize me next time I visit.

Anonymous said...

Would it be in bad taste to say that I now have a hero? After all these long years of being heroless and watching the dumb movies and saying to myself, Batman, Spiderman, The Hulk, Britney, you just don't do anything for me, now. . .thank you Muthathar al Zaidi, you are my hero. Someone give this man a meddle for doing what all Americans have been wanting to do for the past eight years.

Phil said...

Who throws a shoe? Honestly?

Chez said...

Shoes hold a special place in the Arab world. Throwing them at someone or hitting someone with them is considered the worst kind of insult.

Phil said...

I am aware of the taboo.

I am also aware that decade-old movie quotes hold a special place in Western culture, and that that place isn't always as funny as I reflexively expect it to be. I apologize for the poor impulse control.

Anonymous said...

Chez

I wonder what you will write about come inaguration day? You seriously will need new material - time to move on.

Maybe you can come up with a cookbook?