In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. Iraqis whacked a statue of Saddam with their shoes after U.S. marines toppled it to the ground following the 2003 invasion.
Posted by Petulant at Sunday, December 14, 2008
During a surprise visit to Baghad today, an Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi from Al-Baghdadia television network shouted, "
This is the end This is farewell, dog," and threw a pair of shoes at President Bush. "White House press secretary Dana Perino suffered an eye injury (a black eye from a microphone) in the news conference melee." (AP Story)