12/23/2008

Simple and Beautiful


We were eating dinner at my sister's house on Sunday when something was brought to my attention by my brother-in-law. People have jumped on this news story and broadcast it across the world. Headlines from newspapers and on the internet proclaim things like "Bush Cowers at Shoe Attack" or "Iraqi Journalist Hurls Insult" or "Bush Too Quick." People on the left relish the idea of someone hurling their shoe at President Bush and are lightning quick to point out what a huge insult that is in the Iraqi culture. I've heard everyone putting their own little spin on it. Seven years ago you would never even have known this man's name. Seven years ago you would not have even wanted to be from this man's family or even village. Now try to really soak in the scene and appreciate it for what it is. Here's the simple and beautiful truth that this picture conveys:

A journalist, who was able to question the highest ELECTED officials in the land and in the world, hurled a shoe at the President of the United States while Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki was also standing there and DID NOT DIE.

12 comments:

Steve Harkonnen said...

Exactly. That's been my point on this too. If he pulled this crap under Saddam, the journalist's feet would have been beaten to a bloody pulp and he'd have been tortured in prison.

M.A. said...

The irony is astounding. The media doesn't want to touch that angle because it would broadcasting a success of President Bush.

The Hermit said...

Not yet, anyway. I hear the guy fell a couple of times and apparently landed on his face in jail. I sense a "hanged himself in his cell" story coming along here. Not that I'd care.

Brooke said...

LOL, Hermit.

Lefties are just twisiting at the irony here, PF, and you've nailed it!

nanc said...

he's now "shoe-in" for "reporter of the year"!

sorry, it had to be said.

Z said...

our whole media can go to "hertford, heresford and hampshire"

WomanHonorThyself said...

very telling indeed!. have a fabulous, blessed holiday my friend!:)

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

The reporter can thank his lucky stars that President Bush stepped in at a time when Saddam was in power and that same reporter would have been the victim of the meat grinder for doing far less an act as this.

Pinky said...

Exactly, Jason.
I couldn't agree more.
However, this man's total lack of integrity is astounding. As much as I was disgusted by Clinton, I would NEVER show my disrespect in such a public manner. This is a concept that leftists simply cannot grasp.

cube said...

Absolutely. The journalist should thank President Bush for the new-found freedom in Iraq. I guess journalists have an inherent weakness for developing Bush Derangement Syndrome.

friend of the right said...

Hey, you're right. That totally justifies everything Bush has been responsible for! Because he didn't respond in the most extreme way possible, it's fine that he has further raped this man's country and been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Merry Christmas.

Papa Frank said...

fotr -- don't you mean that he is responsible for SAVING the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who would have continued to die at the hands of their own government? Or that he is responsible for handing the country back into the hands of its own people instead of the few fortunate that found favor with a heartless and brutal dictator? Though conditions are currently far from perfect they are at least on the road to the freedoms that we treasure. Since you have such a short memory let me remind you that we've come through many bumps on our road as well.