Really! Throwing shoes. It’s just… well – un-American! But I suppose that was the point.
George Bush Dodges Dirty Ol’ Shoes – Good Job, Cousin George!
According to the BBC News Online (Martin Asser, 15 December 2008), “Around the Arab world, if you want to escalate a situation, by saying for example “I’m going to thump you”, add the words “with a shoe” and you’re adding serious insult to the threat of possible injury.“
Apparently In Arab culture it is rude even to let the sole of one’s shoe be seen by another person. Asser continues in his article Bush shoe-ing worst Arab insult,
“The sensitivity is related to the fact shoes are considered ritually unclean in the Muslim faith.
In addition to ritual ablutions before prayer, Muslims must take off their shoes to pray, and wearing shoes inside a mosque is forbidden. Shoes should either be left at the door of the mosque, or carried (preferably in the left hand with the soles pressed together).
But beyond the Islamic significance, the dirty and degrading implication of the sole of a shoe crosses all religious boundaries in the Middle East.”
Will history now record that President George W. Bush’s last presidential trip to Bagdad, was marred by an attack of two shoes and cries of “dog” (also a rather bad insult in Arabic) from Iraqi cameraman Muntadar al-Zaidi? And do I have to include this story in my genealogy?
Personally I prefer to remember good cousin George as being quick and dodging the shoes Mr. Zaidi threw at him. Our president is an American hero, no less.
Too Tough on George Bush?
My very distant cousin George (on his mother’s side, by the way), who leaves office in just over a month, has held his head high over these tough presidential years, despite being “dogged.” not only by other countries, the press, but by his own people. Personally, I would have dug a hole and crawled in a long time ago. Apparently he got some tougher genes along the way. He keeps going on day to dy and keeps smiliing.
Our first lady, Laura Bush, also deserves kudos for being a real trooper. She is truly a lady.
The American people did, if one will remember, vote in George W. Bush for a second term. He was liked enough then. Perhaps when people have time to look back on the circumstances of the times, they will give my cousin a bit of a break. This has been a tough eight years. I would not have wanted to be in charge of the country during these years. Would you?
Family is Family
Well, perhaps this is all I ought to say. I feel the need to stand up to some extent for a family member, no matter how distant… and yet…
I am really not fond of getting whacked in the back of the head with a pair of Zappos.
Better put on my tennis shoes and start running.And do I have to include this story in my genealogy?George W. Bush Dodges Shoes in Bagdad. This distant cousin is one, at least, to take his side.