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. Steph

    I bet she is going to be happy on Jan. 20th.

    To all the people claiming that we liberated the Iraqi people...tell that to the thousands and thousands of dead innocent Iraqis!

    December 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. wait a minute

    It seems the Iraqis have learned well what freedom means.
    Freedom of expressions is the same as freedom of speech.
    All the people in Middel East are jumping for joy as they learn what freedom means. When dusts settles, they will be in awe at what they have achieved.

    December 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Just4uliberaldemhaters

    This journalist that thrown shoes on president Bush, where was he under Saddam Husseins oppressive regime? Where was he when the muslim extremist "terrorist" committed hedious killings of innocent citizens in New York in 2001? I guess he probably thought that those heartless killers are mythiers and they are doing the right thing by killing what they probably presumed to be "Infidels". I really wish that Americans should stop rescuing these ungreatful people at all cost and let them loath under whatever oppression they going through and when that is done, all americans border should be highly secured against these kind of people like "shoe thrower" so he will not have any chance in hell to perceive a civilised society.However, the genesis of these whole disrepect emaneted from americans who has succeded in blaming Bush for all that has gone wrong in their lifes and countless of times been insulted by every dick and harry. How can americans easily forgot the security his leadership has brought to amercan soil by fighting the extremist in their own terran instead of allowing them to cause the same distruction in american soil like in 2001. This goes to tell the world that it is only in american you can insult your president and go scout free, something which cannot happen in places like Iran,China,Russia, north Korea and just to mention but a few. What a freedom of speech without obligation. All Americans should be ashamed of themselves. Let me ask any of you morons that are so obessed in blaming Bush for all your failures " If there is great fear of individual security in everyday american civil society would you people still be talking more about the economic hardship?" I leave that for you to respond to.

    December 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Matt

    @ Kendell in MO

    Really? You think we've done them all favors? Their homes and infrastructure are DESTROYED. Their families are DESTROYED. They are in constant danger from rogue extremists. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM ARE DEAD BECAUSE WE SHOWED UP WAVING A FLAG WITH NO RIGHT TO BE THERE. Sure, Sadam Hussein is dead and no longer in power...but if you call what we've given to them and their country a gift, you're as insane as they come. They won't be free of the damage we did for generations.

    December 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Marge

    If our president was a nice guy he would let the man go. Why make more people in the world hate him even more. Mr President pardon him...

    December 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Matt

    Proof that being a drooling neocon is unhealthy.

    December 16, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Christopher E.

    While I agree that no one should throw anything at our president, you really can't blame the guy. We invaded his country on false pretense. Because of this illegal invasion over 100,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. (now don't freak out, I am not saying we killed them, but the violence we caused did) Over 4000 American soldiers have died. Iraqis infrastructure is in shambles. Iran now has great influence over the region. Most Iraqi neighborhoods have been ethnically cleansed. Families have been torn apart. All because Bush was so determined to invade Iraq that he willingly overlooked the truth. So if all he gets is a show thrown at him, he is getting off easy.

    December 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. JRM

    I did not vote for George W. Bush in either of his elections. I voted for Obama in this election. I really hate what George Bush and his crew have done to our country, and the world for that matter. HOWEVER, it is NEVER acceptable to throw objects at another person, that includes our President. Anyone who takes joy in this incident is foolish. This will not end well. That journalist will probably serve time in prison. He has a family that will lose his income and be missing their husband/father. Was it worth it?

    December 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. The Hate Continues

    Steve for Change......what a joke you are!

    He couldn't do that to Saddam, now could he? Saddam would have said, "You don't want your shoes, then I guess you don't want your feet".

    Would you cheer this Journalist with no feet?

    December 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. red

    bush has given the american people a black eye around the world.

    last week i went to spain and there were some people saying that americans S***.

    i was embarrased, thanks to president bush....!!!!!

    how about another black eye from the american people!!!'

    who is with me!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Eric the hedge fund manager, Ann Arbor, MI

    You liberals are just pathetic.

    December 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. John G, Montgomery AL

    Shoes, not flowers; that is what we were greeted with for all our blood and treasure.

    It is long past time to get our kids home and let these idiots sort out their own troubles.

    WE DON'T NEED TO BE THERE ANYMORE..............

    December 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Harold

    As if being Bush's press secretary wasn't black eye enough.....

    December 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Steven

    TO kendall from jefferson city mo

    They didn't ask for our help.

    December 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. John in Virginia

    I can't believe people are making comments like "violence is not the answer" and "who was that person to throw a shoe at him?" Well who was Bush to bomb their country and cause the deaths of thousands upon thousands of Iraqis? People got hit with a whole lot worse than shoes because of this idiots mistakes and hidden agenda. Maybe had the shoe hit him, it would have knocked some sense into him. Respect? He didn't show any respect for their people. Heck he shows none for ours, and we are Americans! However, the black eye should have been Bush's and not Perino's. Can't shoot the messenger.

    December 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Jake145

    I feel sorry for her .

    December 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Jim in Asheville

    PS- Hey Anna, so you think that if we can't free everyone that is oppressed then we shouldn't free anyone? With such a sharp mind it's a wonder why you're not in charge.

    December 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Alesia

    Bush may go down as one of the worst president's in history but you have to give kudos to the man for his bobbing and weaving skills. The man can duck! Hope all is well with both of them!

    December 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Lady D

    Karma...it has a funny way of presenting itself huh? You stand up and lie to American public everyday and then you get hurt by a shoe... THis is the stuff comedies are made off.

    December 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. a REAL American

    SPC– I think you've just won the "Comment of the Day" Award! Most of the morons (I would use the word "retards", but that would be insulting to people who actually are mentally retarded) on this post/site revel in the thought of bad things happening to anyone that doesn't agree with their pathetic opinions. If Obama had been the one hit by a projectile, these robots here would be starting riots in the streets!

    Does the reporter realize that if he had done this to Saddam he probably would have shot on the spot? Sounds like someone should be a little more grateful!

    December 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Press

    The US press is civilized and mature, no one would do anything like that to another human being. It is rude, and primitive, even if only in your thought.

    December 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. T-n-EP

    She is nowhere in sight!!! But lying is fitting of this WH.

    December 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. PRObama

    JS I see what you are saying but I didn't vote for Bush either time and I also worked long and hard to get my fellow college students at the time to vote as well. Throwing shoes in my eyes is better than throwing bombs. That is not just intended at our failed occupation but all the leaders that are allowing innocent lives to be taken. I feel the shoes was minor to what Bush really deserves.

    December 16, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Cori from Colorado

    Who knew shoe throwing would make you famous!

    December 16, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. An american

    although the current president is unpopular, believe me I as an american citizen ashamed of what he did to our country. I still don't agree with what the journalist did, throwing his shoes at someone who represents us the people, is a statement meant to not only insult our president, but to also insult us the American people.

    Lets hope things definitely change when the new president-elect takes office.

    December 16, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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