So what we have is that we should be upset at the way our president reacted instead of being upset that a person attempted to insult our president. I think that is backwards.
AS for the way Bush reacted. How should have he reacted. Should he have fallen down on the ground covering his head or should he have just dodged the offending objects? In the interview how should he have reacted? Made it a big issue or tossed it off with humor.
He is the president and has been, for years, responding to his attack on Iraq in the same way. He is not going to retract from that no matter who throws shoes at him. Most of us here agree that our being in Iraq is a enormous mistake and that it will be years before both Iraq and the U.S. recover from it's effects, but Bush is not going to change his perspective on this. Certainly not at this time.
Seriously, how would you expect to see Bush react, knowing how he has responded to many quesitons on his actions toward IRaq in the past?
AS for being culturally numb: A guy throws shoes at our president. I for one, and I may be alone in this, am glad it was just shoes and not a grenade or some weapon. Maybe in the ME it would have been more acceptable for it to have been a grenade instead of shoes, but for the effect it would have on our government it was better that it was just shoes. That is what I am coming from.
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
Did you read my post? I described what I thought would have been a more appropriate response. I can't put words in the POTUS'. But he, as a world leader, should have a better handle on how to conduct himself as the face and voice of the U.S.
And believe me, I'm glad it was only shoes, too. The thought of President Cheney — even for just a month — sends a chill down my spine. Besides, I don't want to see him harmed. I just want to see him gone. But just for once, I'd also like to have seen him act like a mensch instead of the clueless, self-absorbed boor that he is.
Now now lets not get to personal . I been trying to curb myself too
Iraq = insult US = contempt
Whats appropriate is a matter of ones country interpretation - Steve I don't think the Iraqis even see it your way either , what they see is a world leader insulted in their own language who brushed it off with a smile and humor and not being "scornful or vengeful" that should go well for the show thrower .
Sure Bush could have been a little more compassionate and a little less humor - But thats Bush as far as I know he always acted that way when verbally attacked at press releases.
Now there are riots in Iraq , they want the thrower released from prison. I say let him go just take his press card away.
Did it ever occur to you that a less smart-assy response from Bush may have diffused this guy's new-found folk hero status, and the lynch mob mentality now being displayed toward Bush and the U.S.? I think the riots today are a pretty good indication of how the Iraqi people view the events.
Bush's response was disgusting, and to say "Oh well, that's our Georgie" is just as inexcusable.
Sounds like to me they just want his release - I see nothing about his smart-ass remarks from the Iraqis. Read seans post above
In fact from what I get off the US news from viewer responses emails and call in are about the shoes throwing , I seen nothing yet about smart-ass remarks - maybe just you steve is concerned about that to make it into a personal issue but thats the way you are and thats the way Bush is
I see what you mean , I mentioned he could have shown more compassion as well but its a non issue to me and it seems a non issue to the Iraqis and TV news <-- Well give the TV news a few more days when the news slows down then someone will says "Hey" we got this smirk thing we can make an issue out of , then we all will see the whole dang thing for another week with a different twist.
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