I'll Shoe You

Friday, December 19, 2008


Throughout this week’s flying shoe coverage, the comedic details of the debacle dominated headlines. But humor couldn’t dominate the essential moral. Bob ruminates on what the hurling of the footwear revealed about the extent of Iraqi discontent and of President Bush’s denial of the same.
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Apr. 10 2014 10:03 PM


Jan. 09 2014 10:45 AM

New Boss: Same as the Old Boss:


Mar. 22 2013 08:36 AM

This was a famous rant of Bob's back in 2008.

But today, in 2012, the New York Times reveals that President Obama himself gives the final word on a top-secret “Kill List” of suspected al Qaeda operatives.

This is the same “liberal law professor” Obama who spent the 2008 campaign excoriating the Bush War on Terror and promising to close the Guantanamo lockup for suspected terrorists.

Now he’s going through a list of names and checking it twice — before giving the thumbs up or thumbs down.

In fact, the Times also reports a suspicion that the president’s decision to kill terror suspects relieves him of the politically tricky call of where to send them if they had been captured.

How’s that for political expediency?

The Times story also details Obama’s controversial decision to step up drone attacks and classify all military-age men in a strike zone as combatants unless evidence arises to prove that they’re not.

Funny how things change when you’re in office, as opposed to complaining from the outside.

Will we hear Bob rant about this?

May. 31 2012 04:49 PM
Soledad Robledo from santiago

Violence cannot ever be justified. The US invasion into Irak was-again- the proclamation of how American governments will always consider themselves as the world's police that do not give a damn about international law, UN and not to mention human beings that live in Bagdad like you and me.
The journalist's act was brave and desperate. He will never be forgotten.

Jan. 07 2009 01:46 PM
Celine Grenier from Capitola, CA

This may have been my favorite commentary of Bob's so far. Beyond illegal wiretapping, but including torture, the crime of unjustified war is unsurpassed. More people need to point to this, and to the President's seemingly willful ignorance, and I'm grateful Garfield did both.

If the Iraqi people had wanted to lose approximately a million people and have four million displaced, most of them would have risen up against Saddam themselves. (Actually, when some of them did, with our encouragement, we deserted them, didn't we.)

They wouldn't, or couldn't, so we did it for them (albeit it at quite a price to ourselves). We deserve congratulations and gratitude for that?

You lost four relatives, but you can throw a shoe without getting the death penalty, so thank us? Put yourself in their shoes, please.

Dec. 31 2008 03:33 AM
Craig from Omaha

Horsehocky! For every loose cannon you can show me on the left, I can show you five on the right. For every inflammatory comment you find on a left-wing blog, I can find one five times as inflammatory from the right-wing media. I suppose you don't spend much time on right wing blogs seeing as how almost none of them accept comments. Good thing this one does, huh. You can actually air your ill-considered opinions freely! how Democratic!

Dec. 25 2008 06:48 PM
Brooke Gladstone from Brooklyn, NY

Josh, did you actually HEAR Bob's commentary? He agrees with you. When the President said he didn't know why the journalist hurled his shoes, Bob expressed deep frustration, to wit:
GARFIELD: "He doesn't know. Exactly. Here was George Bush for one last photo-op in what he sees as a fertile crescent of Arab democracy and what most Iraqis see as the ruins of their society. As if to underline the very self-delusion and denial that so infuriated his attacker, the President depicted the incident as an illustrious emblem of freedom."
Bob didn't need to recite stats about Iraqi loss and death, the phrase "ruins of his society," sums it up loud and clear. Bob did not think it was funny in the least. No one who really listened could have missed it.

Dec. 24 2008 11:43 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven

I've always been meaning to point out to This American Life that there are alternatives to the way the idiot they had on handled his verbal assault on Bush '41. Maybe they read the comments here.

I hope someone does.

Dec. 24 2008 12:03 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven

Hey, Jack, they are charging money to throw shoes at Gov. Blog's photo in Chicago, so I don't think it is forgotten there!

Mr. Switky, I am glad you, at least, remind us the motives behind this brave man's act. While it is true that Saddam would have had far more reaction to such an insult, he knew he was still taking his life in his shod hands.

As one who prefers speech (I yelled "Geronimo!" at this President's father during his Yale Commencement address, when he called most favored nation trading status for China an act of political courage - lead paint on toys anyone?) rather than even this sort of mildly violent act, I can't say I endorse his act, but I far prefer it to John Hinckley ripping off the plot of one of my radio plays as his scenario for "protesting" Reagan.

Dec. 24 2008 12:01 PM
Josh Switky from context

"..Iraqi discontent..."??!!

OTM actually wrote that. I rest my case.

Dec. 22 2008 01:44 AM
Josh Switky from context

OTM's coverage of this incident was typically glib and minimizing, just what one would expect with sponsorship by the Ford Foundation and on a network whose president used to work for Radio Free Europe, a US government propaganda outlet.

Blatantly omitted was the shoe-throwers voiced justification-
"This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq..."

Over 1,250,000 Iraqi dead due to the US invasion.
Millions turned into refugees.

There was nothing funny about this incident and people around the world cheered this brave man's indictment of a war criminal, George W. Bush.

Dec. 21 2008 05:27 PM
Jack from Chicago

Sometimes a shoe is just a shoe. This incident is already forgotten, especially with Camelot re-establishing itself.

Dec. 21 2008 03:23 PM
Peter from Alpine, Texas

I was ready to launch into a spirited defense of the Pres, but that's hardly the point. Which side has the slimiest, snarkiest use of logic, history, and language? Not us conservatives. Read the liberal blogs. "Bob" is just another sad example of the depths to which liberals now sink. I would quote those lines from Yeats' Second Coming to you--not the lines you are thinking of, about the worst having a passionate intensity, but the ones that follow. Don't you, "Bob", suspect that you are hastening the hour of the next rough beast?


Dec. 21 2008 12:00 PM
Gene Zitver from Washington, DC

Bob, I sort of take your point. On the other hand, wouldn't it have been worth mentioning that in the pre-invasion era, no opposition journalist would have been allowed into the same room with the leader of Iraq? In fact, no opposition journalist would have been allowed to exist.

Dec. 20 2008 08:54 PM
Mike H from Joliet Il

Funny, last time a guy embarrassed a big time politician like this the press was all over the poor guy. Who was he? Who's he voting for? Does he owe child support or taxes? He is licensed to practice his trade?

But I suppose there is a different standard between a plumber from Ohio and a former Mahdi militia man from Iraq.

Dec. 19 2008 07:27 PM

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