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

White House press secretary sports black eye

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. MLH

    James Brady is the first name that comes to mind when you posit the question 'who knew being White House press secretary was such a dangerous job?'

    December 16, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Gonzo in Houston

    Iraq is proof that you cannot give people freedom and expect them to understand its importance. Freedom must be earned, and the price is oftimes war, death and sacrifice. "Freedom isn't free" is a common enough phrase in America, but apparently the administration didn't include the concept in their plans for Iraq.

    December 16, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. DonnieJ

    In principle, it is disturbing to think that someone would throw a shoe at our president. However, if (1) the shoe-thrower is an otherwise innocent Iraqi, and (2) the shoe-throwee is Bush, it is just too poetic to get upset about!

    December 17, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
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