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

White House press secretary sports black eye

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/16/art.perino.gi.jpg 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. 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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