Here is the video, courtesy of the BBC. I have to admit that Bush showed good ducking reactions and kept his cool. Of course, it's not his life that has been ruined by the war in Iraq.
Photo: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Update: Ah, I found an embeddable version of the video:
Update: The shoe-thrower, Muntader al-Zaidi--who, because he is a journalist, I am obliged to call my colleague--has become a hero in the Muslim world. No surprises there.
Hit Bush with a shoe game (from Norway.) I recommend setting vinkel at 10 and stryke at 50 (with thanks to RP.)
Apparently Mr. Zaidi had some plans to "show Bush", that he announced over a year ago. Bush may even have known(if he even cared) that there were threats against him, and he must have known that he would face at least some opposition to his presence there. But that doesn't add up to knowing that this journalist was going to throw shoes at him. Judging by the video, I have a feeling that Mr. Zaidi was planning something but the act itself was more or less spontaneous.
I still give Bush high marks for good reflexes. It's one thing to know you have to duck, another to duck just at the right moment. And all that while keeping that idiotic smirk on this face. Small men are often talented in small things (and by small I don't mean his size.)