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. Tina - Sacramento, CA will get you every time....I am still very surprised at the act of throwing his shoes....LOL>

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Pat in IL

    I agree with Barleyman.....watching our President, no matter who he or she is being humiliated or put in danger is not what I want to see.
    The ignorant haters here ought to find someone else to fight poverty, drugs, etc. If you have time to write stupid, hate mongering things on this blog, then you have time to volunteer where it would help.

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Chelle

    to libs be dopes

    There will be no shoes in the White House, I don't think Muslims wear shoes indoors……

    don't you get it nothing worked! All the name calling, the finger pointing, none of it STUCK!!! Get on board buddy....he's soon to be your PRESIDENT too!

    December 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Patrick

    The guy that threw the shoe should be grateful to Bush for letting him live in a free country where he won't be put to death for demonstrating his thoughts through his actions.

    December 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Bill in California

    During the presidential race I really didn't subscribe totally to the charges that the MSM were biased in their reporting. I am sure some of that was true as was the reporting from the other side. I'm now begining to believe there is some truth to those allegations. While the Chicago political stage and players, both former and present, are imploding there is little or no coverage at this "news" site but the stories abound of flying shoes and collateral damage black eyes abound. No doubt it feeds the blood thirst of Democrat extremists but would it be asking too much to get serious news from a serious, world wide news organization?

    December 16, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Cynic

    *sigh* It's really sad to see this whole situation...

    One – to those who are spouting that it was such a huge disrespect to our President: THAT'S THE POINT!!!! Hitting someone with the sole of a shoe is *huge* sign of hatred and disrespect. It signifies that the target is worth less than dung ( something to that effect)

    Two – he wasn't attacking *his* president, he was attacking the foriegn president of a country that "invaded" his country. According to some sources – that invasion has inflicted the better part of 2 MILLION civilian casulties. Grant you – I don't know the exact numbers myself – but if it is even a quarter of that, then the USA has inflicted grievous harm to people that – for the most part – didn't WANT our "help" to begin with. Yes – Saddam Hussien was a dictator, who killed his own people. However, there is a distinct chance that the US has now managed to kill more Iraqis than he did. Gee – now *that's* a lovely thought, isn't it?

    Three – technically – the person who "hit" her was a Secret Service agent doing his job. I can't say bame him – accidents happen...

    This whole affair is a sad statement on how far the shining symbol of the US has fallen in the eyes of the world. The fact that this journalist is being hailed as a hero by so many...

    This war – started under false pretenses – has cost the US dear; in lives, our economy, and the reputation of our nation. My only hope is that when this is all over – history will judge this entire affair apprpriately – and future leaders will learn the correct lessons from it.

    December 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |


    December 16, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. roy

    Was this the FIRST black eye she ever got working with Dubya??? Thought they would all be used to it by now!

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Duckula

    Yeah right ...that black eye is courtesy of her white trash wife-beating moose-wrestling, beer-guzzling, frat-boy, Jesus-freak boyfriend. NOW GET IN THE KITCHEN AND MAKE ME A TURKEY POT PIE!

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Ron West Coast

    She should take a lesson from her boss, and learn to duck......

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Jack

    That's what she get's for suggesting an auto bailout without the GOP senators approval.

    Those guys play tough!

    December 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Gerda Edwards

    This incident, along with the ability for all Iraqi citizens to freely vote and travel (not to mention the MANY new freedoms for women), is a direct result of the actions of Bush, which could only have been done with the authorization and approval of Congress (Democrats and Republicans).

    Anna @ "Can any one of you imagine a so called freedom which cost you whole family."
    They're called the Sullivan family – all five brothers died so that you could blog your dislike for our President without fear of reprisal.

    Still a lot of bitterness and hate on the left , seeing that the same posters on other threads demand that those on the right "Get over it already and support our new President. You lost!" It's been 8 years and counting for many of you.

    December 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. tess

    it never ceases to amaze me at the venom of the left and liberals! when this happens to obama they will call for that country to be bombed off the face of the earth – but with the bush administration the more vile the act the better the despicable dem liberals like it – such hatred must be eating a hole in their souls!

    December 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. JJ12345

    Joe December 16th, 2008 2:06 pm ET

    Sorry Perino got a black eye, but THREE CHEERS for the guy that threw the shoes – Imagine if every American who wanted to express their feelings about Bush and his Iraq debacle (just to name one of many) were to do the same – the White House would be buried.
    Would this be appropriate for people that disagree with Obama? With all the comments in favor of this guy I guess its ok.

    December 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Jason

    this guy threw a shoe at our president, now whether you like him or not, that wasn't right. i voted 4 Barack Obama, the secret service should have taken a much more aggressive reaction with that fool.

    December 16, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Gina in Racine Wi


    December 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Dinah

    It enhances her looks. Actually Bush hit her as he ducked the shoe. Too bad they missed him. Might have knocked some sense into that vapid man.

    December 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Mindyb54, Ind

    I thank God for our President! He's kept our country save, and brought some kind of stability to Iraq, along with our amazing troops. God Bless them and keep them save always!

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. barry g

    Too bad the guy was a lously shot. Maybe major league baseball will offer him a position.

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Civilization

    America is the only civilized place, where people reason with a heart and understanding and kindness before human weakeness and imperfection, and not animal instinct, thanks to our founding-fathers' legacy of traditional Biblical values. Only time can tell if Obama, or Biden or Blagojevich, or any of us for God's sake, is the last angel standing, in hundreds or thousands of years.

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Nathan

    Oh, god. A few idiots are happy that Bush got a shoe thrown at him, so now "all democrats are supporters of the shoe-thrower". Just like how a few idiots believe for some preposterous reason that Barack Obama is a muslim, so now obviously, "all republicans are Obama muslim conspiracy theorists". Right?

    Come on, guys. I would hope that smearing half the country in one sentence would lose some of its appeal after this election.

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Joyce

    What I find apalling was Bush's reaction to the man who threw his shoes at him. He made a joke out of it. Not even thinking or considering what this man was protesting about. Why was the shoe thrown at him? Certainly, it wasn't a mere publicity stunt of someone who wants some air time – as he puts it.

    That man knew he probably will go to jail as a result for how long no one knows. He risked it all simply because of the atrocities the Bush administration had done to his people. Just imagine the death toll daily that the Iraqis faced.

    They might not have much during the Sadam years but they certainly had more then than now. And what about terrorism? There were no terrorist then because Sadam kept them as bay. Look where they are now – a haven for terrorism.

    No matter how Mr. Bush sells this war, it was and will always be based on a lie. A deception. There were no WMD, there were no terrorist in Iraq. They had a dictator sure – someone who could have easily been dealt with without the necessity of a costly war.

    I say free that man who threw his shoes. Many wanted to do the same. He deserves it. Instead of working hard in his last days to help the economy, he is busy trying to fool the world into believing he was a good president. That everything he did was justified.

    Sorry, we don't have amnesia.

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. TangoDancer

    She's still hot! – even with a minor bruise under her eye.

    December 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Antonio from KY

    I am a dem and I don't believe that Bush did a good job. But dag on it, can a president get some love? There is no excuse for this dude to throw anything at any foreign leader. He's very disrespectful and I think he should pay for it, whatever that penalty may be. Not sentenced to anything too crazy, but he has to pay for that. You don't want people to think they are free to just belittle or disrespect the president. Nothing like that has ever happened over here.

    December 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. A Woman In California For Obama

    I have never spoken about Bush on these blogs. However, day after day, I read this argument re: Bush's fault/Clinton's fault. I am going to tell you how I feel. While I am against the war Bush waged, I am no fan of the Clinton's (believe that) and I do give Bush full credit for appointing two black members to his top cabinet positions. Something Clinton never did. Anyway, this is how I see it.

    1. The war: The war is both Bush's fault and Clinton's fault. (They tie there). If Clinton had taken action it's true we would not be in the predicament we are in now. However, if Bush had listened and gathered full intelligence our men and women would not be dead or hurt. On this one Bush 70%, Clinton 30% at fault.
    2. The economy: Bush borrowed too much money from China and others knowing full well we could not pay it back. Although people say Clinton left no debt-this is not entirely true (he did leave some debt). Bush just kept piling on it. On this one Bush 75%, Clinton 25%.
    3. The housing crisis: This is neither Bush's fault or Clinton's fault. Yes, I know about deregulation. However, if someone thought they could take their $40,000 a year job and purchase a $1mil dollar home-that is THEIR fault. On this one neither of them is at fault. Bush 0%, Clinton 0%.
    4. The economy: I do blame the democratic congress on this one. Remember under Clinton we lost control of the house. This makes Clinton at fault 75%, Bush 25%.

    There you have it. Agree with me or disagree with me but this is the way I see it. All of the republicans who say we show no respect to Bush well, this is not true. I do respect he is our president and I think the shoe throwing was inappropriate as I don't support any type of violence. While I do think Obama will do a better job with this country- I hope those of you who oppose him will admit IF he does-that you were wrong.

    Thank you.

    December 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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