Monday, December 15, 2008

George W Bush AssaSHOEnation

So I'm imagining that at all future Presidential press conferences reporters will have to trade in their leather shoes for rubber slippers. Stories related to the George W Bush Shoe Incident now account for three of the top 10 stories on CNN.  This is clearly the most important thing going on in America and the World today.

In the interview with his brother, Dhirgham al-Zaidi, we find out that the Shoe Terrorist is usually "calm and polite" and that his brother was "shocked" to find him at the center of this SHOEtastrophy.

My favorite are the story highlights that make it sound like this is a story worth discussing:
-Iraqi TV reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush remains in custody
-Journalist being tested for alcohol and drugs to determine his state of mind
-Muntadhar al-Zaidi called the incident a "farewell kiss" to a "dog"
-Reporter's arrest draws angry protest in Baghdad's Sadr City
Like millions of people around the world I think this is a funny story, but come on, CNN, you're better than this story! While I'm looking forward to future Youtube videos of this clip intermixed with the Star Wars Kid, this story should have no place on CNN.

Maybe it should get the 30 seconds at the end of your regular broadcast, but that's it.

I can list a dozen George W. Bush related stories that should be getting aired, but they're not because some Egyptian jerk in Iraq thought he'd make a "statement" and maybe get some laughs or get on TV.

Alright, so after posting that I went and looked at some of the Star Wars Kid videos. This one struck me as funny.


Deece said...

I like the one where SWK fights Agent Smith. Poor kid. It's so funny and so sad.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

While the shoe incident was both funny and sad at the same time.. the reporter was far from out of his mind. In fact, if he was trying to make a statement.. he was incredibly intelligent. For decades now that video will be shown along with any historical account of the Iraq war. That will be, for the near future, the "final statement" on that whole episode.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I disagree. Like the short video of him picking his nose at a baseball game or flashing the bird before an interview, those on the left will watch the video whenever they need a laugh. It was just a shoe.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

In this case, two shoes thrown at the president of the world's greatest superpower, who embarked on the path of pre-emptive war based on largely false evidence, whose outcome will likely still leave the country a wreck, and all the other peripheral damage that has directly resulted from the war.. shoes thrown at his last official visit to Iraq, side by side with the Iraqi President, and an action representing more than just a silly attack.. but a serious cultural insult.

There were significant gatherings in Iraq today simply to show support for the reporter.

There was a much deeper message in that shoe lob, that is sure to serve in the future as an abridged statement of that entire war.