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The Defining Image [Dec. 14th, 2008|10:59 pm]
Tony Grist

The defining image of the Bush presidency

[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-12-14 11:03 pm (UTC)
Is that someone throwing something at him? That person is an idiot. I don't like Bush but that kind of behavior from a spectator is far from adult.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-14 11:15 pm (UTC)
An Iraqi journalist threw his shoe at him at a press conference in Baghdad. I think that took some courage. And bearing in mind all the stuff Bush has thrown at the Iraqi people I consider it a justifiable tit for tat.
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[User Picture]From: kutsuwamushi
2008-12-14 11:17 pm (UTC)
That's definitely one for the history books.

But not American history books, because they're written for Texans.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-15 09:41 am (UTC)
Not all of them, surely?

I think we'll be seeing a whole lot more of this image in the years to come.
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[User Picture]From: mazzie
2008-12-14 11:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, the defining moment is immediately after Bush dodges, wherein, I swear, he smirks.

I think throwing shoes in some cultures is a huge insult. I mean, not that it's a sign of affection in others.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2008-12-14 11:28 pm (UTC)
it may be but
you know my emotional response
is to think what could be a picture
representing the "defining image" of
bishop seraphim's life as chosen
by someone who had contempt for me
I am sure there would be countless such.

and for many others perhaps including
those amused by this, the reflection would
hold that those who held one in contempt
could find an image

Edited at 2008-12-14 11:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-15 09:48 am (UTC)
I know our political opinions diverge here, which is fair enough, but as someone who believes the invasion of Iraq was a criminal act, I think the president will have got off very lightly if this is the worst punishment he receives.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2008-12-15 12:52 am (UTC)
I think Bush is lucky that the man was a decent person who just wanted to make a statement--basically that Bush has fucked Iraq in every orafice and even made some new orafices to fuck it with.

If it were a nasty person with a real 'tude, it could have been knives, bullets, or a grenade.

Too bad the shoes didn't hit the smarmy little bastard right in the mouth. Twice. Smirk with a fat lip, you evil little turd.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-15 09:55 am (UTC)
A picture is worth a 1000 words- and this one encapsulates very sweetly the opinion most of the world has of George Bush.

100 years from now it'll be in all the schoolbooks. The shoes will define Bush the way the cherry tree defines Washington.

"What can you tell me about George Bush?"

"Please Miss, he was the one who had the shoes thrown at him.
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[User Picture]From: mamarose
2008-12-15 01:52 am (UTC)
I am glad someone had the courage to make this sort of statement. It says things that nothing else can. It shares a sentiment that many of us wish we could participate in. I would never want harm to come to anyone. But a shoe thrown at Bush? It seems quite fitting.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-15 09:59 am (UTC)
Exactly. Images stick. This one is going to follow Bush wherever he goes.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2008-12-15 10:29 am (UTC)
Well I'm very offended at the journalist's behaviour...

...how dare he miss!
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2008-12-15 10:55 am (UTC)
His aim was excellent. Sadly Bush had faster reflexes than I might have expected, and he managed to duck. :)

Though on balance, it's probably as well for the Iraqi journalist that he didn't actually injure Bush or things could have got quite nasty. As it is, he's made his point, will presumably be charged with some minor offence and I hope that is an end to it.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2008-12-15 02:45 pm (UTC)

Practice Makes Perfect

Bush is really good at ducking. Issues, mainly, but now "missiles" as well. WMD? I think not.
In his cultural context, the reporter was not acting like a child, but rather as an irate citizen hurling an insult.
It's a bit shocking to think that someone could get that close to hitting a president in the head before he is subdued. It could have been worse - an assassin, for example.
However, I think that beating hell out of the reporter was uncalled for. It amounts to torture, to punishment that is way out of line with the offense (I will NOT call it a crime).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-15 08:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Practice Makes Perfect

Polticians today are so insulated from the populations they rule. Bush especially lives in such a tightly sealed bubble- protected from protesters and dissident voices- that I wonder if he has any real idea how unpopular he is. Anyway, I'm glad he finally got to meet one of his critics up close.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-12-15 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm only sorry he ducked in time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-12-16 09:42 am (UTC)
I don't know. The image of him with the shoe suspended over his head will speak volumes through the Arab world.
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