Probably the most highly protected person in the world but someone not only gets a missile, which could have been a bomb, within a foot of his head, but then has time to bend down and pick up another one and launch it.
I know that total close body protection is impossible, but where were his bodyguards?
They didn't even seem to make a move, the attacker eventually being restrained by his fellow reporters, while Bush was still a standing target in full view.
If I had been Bush security heads would have been rolling before the second shoe hit the floor.
I would suppose that as it was a 'closed' Press conference there would have been plenty of security checks on the way in, so unlikely guns/bombs were available - but a well-aimed shoe does have to be feared, especially in Iraq (where beating with shoes is classed as the worst symbolic treatment, isn't it?). Bet there's one reported had his 'pass' removed, though!!
The way the news on TV reported it I got the impression the reporter was an octopus. He just appeared to be throwing about six or more shoes. But seriously I thought the re-action of the bodyguard was exceptionally poor. I hope our prime minister has a better quality of bodyguard around him.
If I was a bodyguard, there are some people I would throw myself in front of to protect and some I wouldn't. Mr Bush is definitely in the latter category. Do Bush and Blair expect to be popular, they were responsible for an unprovoked invasion of another country. If my home had been bombed and my wife and children killed, I would throw my shoes at him.
The reaction from Bush has me struggling to comprehend.What on earth does "it's like driving down the street and having people not gesturing with all five fingers. ..." mean? I thought Bush spoke english,not gibberish.