How to kiss a dog goodbye

By December 14, 2008December 14th, 2013Politics

This is going to be all over the place by tonight.

George Bush, in his farewell appearance in Iraq, was gifted a unique insult by an Iraqi journalist. The journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi, threw both of his shoes at the outgoing American president, saying ‘This is the farewell kiss, you dog!’ Unfortunately, he was aiming a little high. Next time, if he wants greater accuracy, Mr al-Zaidi should take off both his shoes before he throws the first one.

Showing someone the soles of your shoes is a taboo in Arab culture. But it’s not unique, and probably not the ‘ultimate insult‘ that most western news sources are saying it is. Buddhism has a similar practice. When you’re kneeling before Buddha or a monk, your feet should not be facing towards them.

Bush’s reaction was typical of his level of respect for other people’s feelings. He made a joke of it, saying: “It doesn’t bother me. If you want the facts, it was a size 10 shoe that he threw.”

Janurary 20, 2009, cannot come soon enough.

One Comment

  • Catherine says:

    Where was the Secret Service?
    They should have poured 100 rounds in that a@@!
    Leave our Bush alone. He’s not 100% to blame for our issues and Obama certainly isn’t the one who is going to fix them.

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