Amid the turmoil in the financial markets, President Bush makes a statement outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, about the economy and government efforts to remedy the crisis. The president canceled a planned trip to the South today so he could meet with his economic advisers instead. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq this weekend, but an even bigger surprise came during one of his news conferences.
It seems Americans are not the only ones anxious to get u-s troops out of the war zone.
It's an Iraqi show of contempt and today president bush got a double dose of it, in size 10. Officials at the news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki ordered cameras to stop recording while they removed the shoe thrower. Minutes later, Mr. Bush tried to make it clear, he was not the least bit ruffled.
President Bush says, "so what if a guy threw a shoe at me? I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it."
The now shoeless man is Muntadar al-Zeidi, a reporter for al-Baghdadiya television. With the first throw he yelled, "this is a gift from the Iraqis, this is the farewell kiss, you dog." With the second shoe..."this is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
President Bush touched down in the heavy fortified green zone this morning, beginning his 4th and final visit to the warn-torn country. He's celebrating a new security pact between Washington and Baghdad which calls for u-s troops to withdraw by 2011.
In just 37 days President Bush will hand the Iraqi conflict over to president-elect Barack Obama who has vowed to bring the war to an end within 16 months. But Sunday, Bush made it clear the battle is not over and defended his decision to go to war."
"It has been necessary for American security, Iraqi hope and world peace,” said Bush.
The unpopular war has lasted nearly 6 years, taken the lives of more than 4-thousand members of the military and cost taxpayers about 576 billion dollars. It's tied to Mr. Bush's legacy and now too is this image of contempt.