Best of Reader's Comments | New York Times | December 16, 2008
By Eric Owles AND Stephen Farrell
BAGHDAD — The shoe-hurling Iraqi journalist has brought out the puns in readers. More than 1,000 people have sent in their comments so far and most are guaranteed to make you groan out loud. Web sites have been launched allowing readers to throw a virtual shoe. While many American commentators appeared to take delight in the incident, a number of readers expressed disgust that people were laughing about it. If President Bush hadn’t moved so quickly to avoid the flying footwear the scene in the news conference could have been much more serious.
Below are selection of the jokes from our comment section. We’ve left out a few popular ones. For example, it seems everyone from Boston to Arizona wants Muntader al-Zaidi to join their local baseball team. Of course the best quip may still be the one made by President Bush who nimbly ducked two shoes and responded: “All I can report is it is a size 10.”
Best (or Worst?) of Reader’s Comments:
Shoe-icide bomber! Let’s not forget if this journalist had thrown his shoes at Saddam, he would lucky to be merely tortured to death.
– Clay Gilchrist
Gotta say the man can duck. The other guy, a real heel.
– Jim in STL
These shoes are made for walking,
And that´s just what they´ll do,
One of these days these shoes are gonna walk all over you……..
WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE — NEWS FLASH –TOP PRIORITY — EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY: ALL WHITE PRESS CORP CORRESPONDENTS WEARING A SIZE 3 OR LARGER SHOE WILL BE RESTRICTED ACCESS TO THE WHITE HOUSE UNTIL JANUARY 21ST, 2009.
– Chas Madden
“Wag The Dog!” Goooood Old Shoe(s)! Who knew?
– Chas Madden
I take off my hat to the man who took off his shoes. A lame duck president practises duck and cover manoeuvres. i bet half the people forced to remove their shoes at airports would have gladly joined into shooing Bush away.
He missed! What a heal!
– Don Heinz
Walk a mile in those shoes, George Walker!!!
Old American proverb–”If the shoe fits, wear it!!”
The Reporter was “shoeing” Bush and the American military-industrial complex the door!
Obama is going to have some pretty big shoes to fill!
Freedom of Speech meets Voting with Your Feet.
Great chin music. This guy is a “shoe-in” for Pitcher of the Year.
I hear Sarah Palin only wants Jimmy Choo’s thrown at her.
– Steve G
If the shoe fits……….
Will the much-flaunted American system of equal justice now throw the book at George W. Bush and his assorted henchmen and thugs?
– Nat Solomon
A journalist’s only weapon is to throw shoes? What a heel, in any culture.
We have finally found the WMD’s and they are 11 EEE’s.
– Dolly Llama
Gives new meaning to Texas two-step. Way to go Iraqi journalist!
– Michael Crane
“Bush finally found those Weejuns of mass destruction.”
– William LeGro
It was only a matter of time until the other shoe dropped! It only took 8 years for someone to stand up to Bush.
Possible headlines for the NY Post:
Pres Gets the Boot!
Presidential Shoe In.
Presidential Insult Afoot.
President Bears Arab Sole.
A Well-Heeled President.
Shoe to Displease.
President, Footing the Bill.
US Head Over Heels.
These Boots are Made for Revolting.
Sock it to ‘em, George.
Iraqi Reporter Steps Up,
Reporter “Puts” Foot in Presidents Mouth.
Lame Duck- Ducks Two Shoes.
President Ducking Da Feet.
The real headline—
Ducking US Car Makers, President Ducks Iraqi Shoes.
He shoe got what he deserved!