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. raagos

    that's for all the lie she's telling us everyday about war in iraq

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Lauren the Designer

    Lame. At least she can joke about it. Glad she's ok.

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. conservative

    Musta been Bush's fault again!

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Chuck

    I am sorry for Ms. Perino's injury, but the fact that Bush and Perino both have made light of the incident, and both find it necessary to make jokes about it tells me that this administration is as arrogant as ever.

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Tom in Fl

    Mr. Bush and his Press Secretary should have attended the "Florsheim School of Self Defense" before traveling oversees.

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Barbara

    I thought her mascara was running... she has to figure out what to do now that her position of secretary of avoidance is over

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Scott NYC Independent

    One of the dumbest jornalist majors in the worl – that is after Sara Palin; hope the punch knocked some sense into her.

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Chuck

    Making light of this sends a message to the rest of the middle east that this administration still doesn't get it. They are just provoking more of the same behavior. These goofs need to realize that in this man's eyes this was a weapon. I wonder if he had thrown a knife or similar weapon, if they would be joking about it then.

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. lany

    I hope you feel better...

    December 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Junius

    This lady is an idiot who does not understand half of the stuff she lies about on a daily basis. I do not feel sorry for her. If I ever went to Iraq, I would make sure to stay as far from the man who is currently destroying that country, so as not to catch any stray bullets, bombs or shoes.

    December 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Rose in Virginia

    That was so hilarious... at least she is being a great sport about it..

    December 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    She took one for her boss. Where the heck was the SS?

    December 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Jason

    Why is this a story? Oh wait, it's not.

    December 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Sarah B.

    Oh please, she could EASILY have concealed that tiny bruise with just a smidgen of makeup. I guess she must feel that sporting a bruise she received in an attack on Bush is somehow heroic, when it just goes to show how much COWARDICE Bush shows – he lets his women get hurt before him!

    December 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Bob

    The best song of the is SHOES OVER BAGDAD. This is what she gets for being in bad company. Ha Ha Ha..............

    December 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Brian

    What CNN has made of this story is disgusting! You send one of you reporters put on to the street and only show men, woman, and children who say they wish the shoe hit OUR President or that they were the ones to trhow it! You're all sick, you say nothing but bad things about President Bush. He has kept all of you safe for more than seven years now something Bill Clinton couldn't do because he was to busy under his desk! He has also liberated millions of people who were once under a dictator! How would you feel if two shoes were thrown at your dad, or one even cause your sister to have a black eye! I think an apology is needed by this network! Also where is the Change your canidate and now President elect Barrack Hussien Obama promised. Looks like we are back to the Clinto years to me. This means there wil be a terrorist attack the President does nothing about and will cause a finanical crisis that won't be seen until it can be blamed on a republican

    December 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Ryan in Europe

    Next time when some one decides to throw a stinky sock, secret service should take advantage of the confusion and kiss miss Perino on her lips to make it up to her.

    It's the least they can do for this lovely lady.

    December 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Gen Patton

    That is to bad. She is an attractive young woman. All because some idiot doesn't like freedom.

    December 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Uncle S.A.M.-Virginia

    NEXT TIME SHE SHOULD LEARN TO DUCK

    December 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    That really sucks. I thought the Green Zone was secure. An Iraqi journalist thows both his shoes at Bush, and a secret service agent hits his press secretary with a mike.

    What's next – someone shoots Dick Cheney with buckshot??? :)

    December 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Me

    Where's the backwards "B"?

    December 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. MikeH

    Collateral damage my dear. Sorta like all those Iraqi babies killed by errant US bombs. Consider yourself very lucky.

    December 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Maybe they should get a shoe-sniffing dog!

    December 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Human Being

    As human beings, we are so rude, and uncivilized. It is imperfect and sinful human nature. Only time can tell if Rod Blagojevich, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, John Edwards and Jimmy Carter, are any angels, so pure, so honest and so holy (?) At least, we have seen any terrorism on our shore, since 9/11, 2001, immediately after Clinton left office, and Bush does not sell or lose his own soul for the glory or approval of this world, or people. He will go down the history as a saint.

    December 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Molly

    I'm glad they're being good sports about it!

    December 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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