December 16th, 2008
04:22 PM ET
5 years ago

White House press secretary sports black eye

Perino joked reporters are no longer able to wear shoes to press conferences.
Perino joked reporters are no longer able to wear shoes to press conferences.

(CNN) – Who knew being White House press secretary was such a dangerous job?

While President Bush emerged from the weekend's now-infamous shoe attack in Iraq without a scratch, press secretary Dana Perino appears to be a little worse for wear.

Perino was sitting to the side of the president when an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at him Sunday.  She was inadvertently hit by a microphone as the president's Secret Service agents responded and officials scrambled to wrestle the journalist to the ground.

Watch: Bush ducks shoes in Iraq

The full effects of the accident were clear at Tuesday's White House daily briefing, where Perino sported a bruise below her right eye and scratch just above the eyebrow.

"The shoe check-in and check-out policy will begin tomorrow," Perino joked.

Related: Iraqis urge government to free shoe-thrower


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  1. MA

    Abusive husband or abusive Whitehouse? anyone?

    December 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. strong

    Just one black eye? Why isn't the other eye black? Weren't TWO shoes thrown?

    December 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Lame Duck

    Better duck next time Dana...

    December 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. FAYE, NV

    Hope no major damage is done. Bush will cause and has cause hurt to all of us. Think about the troops and their family.

    December 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Marshall

    I am sorry that she was injuried. Is it me or was the Secret Service a little slow in their reaction?

    December 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Vicki5

    She can just pretend as if it's from me too!

    December 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Top Ten

    Thankfully she wasn't hit anywhere near her brains.

    December 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Brenda R. Harris

    If Bush "DUCKED" she should ducked too.

    December 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Milhouse van Houten

    It wasn't inadvertent,she got hit with the microphone just before she was about to spout the usual nonsense in defense of Shrubs policies.

    December 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    No words need be said – it's all there in black and blue.

    December 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Mr Magoo

    When you are on the side of the evil doers, bad things happen.

    December 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Angel09

    And here I was thinking Garry Trudeau's depiction of W in 'Doonesbury' was just silly sarcasm; by the time Bush leaves office, he may /actually/ look beat up. But I'm sure he'll sleep well...there's no room for self-doubt in his world-view.

    December 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. cool onlooker

    Pure political.

    But just wonder why Bush could still make a joke out of it – not humiliating enough?!

    December 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Becky

    Now I know this was all a set up....I bet Sarah Palin's makeup artist could cover that black eye if they wanted to not make political hay out of it!

    December 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston, Texas

    Well, it's too bad that happened to her, but in the last 8 years, there has not been anyone worhy of the press secretary's job, except for the one that just released a book, not to mention he supported Obama.

    Larry C.
    houston, Texas

    December 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Michael, Houston Texas

    As usual, Bush gets away unscaved while everyone around him suffers.

    December 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    Dang look at that shiner....

    December 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Terry

    That day had to suck for her, man. First some guy throws his shoes at the leader of the free world, and then she got a black eye. Lots of stuff to cover in her briefing that day.

    December 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. AJ

    She deserves worse. Ayone that can tout the policies of G.W. Bush should have a little sense knocked into them.

    December 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Democrats are loving this – violent demonstrations are right up their alley – just ask Bill Ayers!

    December 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Jirizu

    A well deserved black eye for a press secretary who job is to defend the lies and dangerous policies of one of the worst Presidents in U.S history.

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. CHI TOWN

    hahahahaha...that's messed up.

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Bridgette-PA

    THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED! ALTHOUGH I AM NOT A FAN OF OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT, HE IS STILL OUR PRESIDENT!

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. sheepdog

    The exact way to treat these loons is to laugh at them. They have no sense of humor. Well done, Pres and Perino.

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. FromTampa

    Poor thing.. it's a shame he missed Bush.

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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