While President Bush held a press conference in Iraq, where he is on an unannounced farewell visit today, a journalist threw an unannounced pair of shoes at him. Bush, who has quick reflexes, responded to the incident saying:
"It's a way for people to draw attention. I don't know what the guy's cause is. But one thing is for certain. He caused you to ask me a question about it. I didn't feel the least bit threatened by it. These journalists here were very apologetic. They . . . said this doesn't represent the Iraqi people, but that's what happens in free societies where people try to draw attention to themselves."
In Muslim culture (and probably most others) throwing shoes at someone is considered an insult.