In Iraq, Bush is “Man’s Best Friend”

By Fred

Those were no lame ducks George W. Bush made when he dodged a pair of shoes hurled at his head in Iraq, during his last visit at American taxpayers’ expense.

The incident got replayed on the news so many times, it looked like the whole room joined in. Our media’s only regret seemed to be that Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes, wasn’t wearing something with a stiletto heel.

I’m still trying to make sense of it all. I don’t get why Arabs revile something they must wear every day to protect their feet. By that logic, they should also loathe their headgear, underwear and, particularly, their handkerchiefs.

And then al-Zaidi yelled at Bush: “This is your farewell kiss, you dog!” like it was the worst possible insult.

Canines should be miffed, but I guess they can’t take to the streets in protest like the humans because the Iraqis have been shooting and poisoning dogs made stray by the invasion and occupation like everything’s their fault.

Bush, a dog-owner himself, took no offense to any of it. Possibly the remark was relayed in translation to him as, “He’s saying you’re his best friend!”

Later, Bush did claim to reporters that he saw al-Zaidi’s “sole.”

Meanwhile, al-Zaidi sits in jail while thousands of protesters who loved his behavior demonstrate, waving shoes and chanting, “Bush, Bush, listen well: Two shoes on your head!”

I hope that sounds better in their language. Here, shoe references will never have the relevance or immortality of, “Bush lied, people died!”


11 Responses to In Iraq, Bush is “Man’s Best Friend”

  1. asif says:

    I think President Bush was gaining his fame at the end of his presidency. President Bush attacked in Iraq ignoring the permission of
    United Nations. Though UN is one of the puppets of US. How could President Bush doing this to Iraqi people? War is not a game. So he get his reward.I hope this will be remembered by President Bush until his death. I sellout to al-Zaidi.

    Download the video at [Of the shoe-throwing incident.]

  2. Adele says:

    Fred, you are a wily punster; it took me a minute to get the “not a lame duck reference,” although seeing Al-Zaidi’s sole was a bit more obvious. This whole Bush world tour with rewriting of history is completely nauseating, and he’s even enlisted Barney, again, to do the holiday Barney-cam. Barney has a little rewriting of his own history to do, what with the biting of the reporter, but unlike his owner, we can’t blame Barney — who knows what he’s been told about reporters throughout his White House stay.

    Alice and I are hoping the plants are doing better. There are no plants in my house, although Alice might be less interested than some of my cats were. And even teeny-tiny Christmas trees are out, since Alice can’t resist pulling the ornaments off. I guess you felines just have other Christmas traditions.

  3. Keri says:

    The equivalent of shoe throwing for Americans would have to be spitting in someone’s face… and to that, would Bush have answered, “So what?”

    Now that the poor shoe-thrower seems to have been pummeled within an inch of his life in Iraqi custody (apparently he could be heard screaming while the press conference continued), Bush can only say “I hope the Iraqis don’t overreact.”

    Unfortunately, for Bush (and Cheney), torturing someone qualifies as a “measured response” to an incident so this poor guy is doomed.

    I’d like to see war criminals Bush and Cheney in custody at the Hague. And I hope that Obama doesn’t shy away from this possibility. It would not be overreacting.

  4. catsworking says:

    Keri, good point about spitting in the face. You’re absolutely right about that. If that had happened, Bush probably wouldn’t have been smirking and making jokes about it.

    I read that al-Maliki wants al-Zaidi to get 7-8 years in jail, but this morning’s paper said that he could get 2 years or a “small fine” for insulting a foreign leader. It was also reported that he got roughed up pretty badly when he was arrested. Cheney probably got a chuckle out of that.

    Adele, we have watched Barney’s latest Christmas video and noted the absence of India the cat. I hope the Bushes remember to get her out from under the bed before they move out.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Back in the 70’s there was a guru phenom from somewhere in Asia, India maybe. He was a fat kid said to be the holy of holys a pure spirit etc. At a rally, someone threw something at the kid and my favorite memory is that in a recap of the year Esquire magazine ran the photo with the caption:


    It still cracks me up and I apply it to this incident as well.

  6. catsworking says:

    Morgan, that is a good one, except it’s backward. Bush is the infidel dog who almost got flogged.

    Speaking of flogging, I read this morning that the Iraqi police are telling al-Zaidi’s family not to visit him for at least 8 days, but deny reports that they roughed him up when they arrested him. Yeah, right.

    We also watched the HBO movie, “House of Saddam,” which used a real clip of Bush speaking to the Iraqi people, reassuring them that he was liberating them so they’d be free of “torture” and all of Saddam’s other sins. No one knew then that Cheney was working diligently behind the scenes to get the American forces up to speed on torture methods — and he’s still very proud of himself for doing it to this day.

  7. thepureislam says:

    Well-done Al-zaidi! Bravo!!
    You shot right on Target: the flag of America!!

    more information in

  8. catsworking says:

    Today it was reported that al-Zaidi wrote a letter of apology and begging for pardon, but his brother says it’s something he would never do. On the other hand, if everyone pretends the letter is real, they can let al-Zaidi go and the government doesn’t look like a bad guy.

    Personally, there are a lot of Americans who would love to throw shoes, and more, at Bush’s head for being such a bad president, and they don’t want to see al-Zaidi punished either. Yes, it was a childish thing to do, but nobody got hurt and Bush isn’t upset, so why make such a big deal out of it?

  9. cpt/bustamante says:

    Good for al-Zaidi. I would throw a shoe at someone who attacked my country to take my resources. One thing that ticks me off is that why is it now after eight years, is President Bush trying to act like a good president? Boy am I glad that his butt is gone in January. HELLO OBAMA. Bush pack your bags. 🙂

  10. catsworking says:

    Cpt, we will all be very glad to see Bush out of Washington. I heard recently that his approval rating is down somewhere around 20%. Obviously, he’s still tops with that lunatic fringe who would love him even if he ate boiled kittens for breakfast every morning, and they will miss him.

    Once Bush is out of office, I think a lot of truths about his administration will start falling out of the closet, and they won’t be pretty. Cheney is already going around bragging about helping to promote torture.

  11. cpt/bustamante says:

    For Christmas I received a book by Obama that gives in detail the changes he is going to try make during his presidential term. In my opinion what i have read so far is rather excellent and I can’t wait till he is sworn in.

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