Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush, calls him ‘dog’ (Lead)

December 15th, 2008 - 2:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad/Washington, Dec 15 (DPA) An Iraqi television news reporter threw shoes at US President George W. Bush and called him a “dog” in Arabic, during a press conference in Baghdad Sunday, US television station ABC has reported.Bush, who was on a farewell visit to Iraq, was speaking at a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki when the flying footwear assault took place.

The assailant was removed from the room by security staff. None of the two projectiles made contact with their apparent target.

The US president made light of the incident, saying that “whoever it interests - it was a size 10 that he threw at me.”

In Arab culture being attacked with shoes is a sign of profound disrespect, as is being compared to a canine.

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