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. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists...a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 16, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. ant

    Perino joked reporters are no longer able to wear shoes to press conferences.

    Maybe this guy didn't like who was talking.

    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Helen

    Libs be dopes December 16th, 2008 2:58 pm ET


    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. George in Ohio

    This is what happens when the US engages in "Nation Building". Since we are held in low esteem by other nations it seems totally appropriate to have a lack of respect shown to W. He has been a total disgrace to the office and thankfully in a little over a month, he can ride off to the ranch.

    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. cat

    wow she has a pretty tough job...deserves some respect..I guess.
    President Bush is so unpopular at this time. But hopefully he will end up doing the right thing ...Finally.

    December 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Robert

    "You give a country and it's people a life that's free from a man that would kill you just to prove he is the ruler and that he is in control and
    a future that your kids will prosper in and just because you may not agree with the way it was done you become the most ungrateful nation in the world you say this man is a hero well why don't he come to america and throw his shoes at us because he wouldn't be a hero here see we watched them celebrate when 9-11 happened and yesterday when this happened see we may not like president bush and I am one of these people who don't but he is my president and he is over their representing the United States and that is we the people so when they disrespect him they also disrespect the people of the United States."

    They didn't ask for democracy nor understand it.

    December 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Garfield

    The irony of this whole incident is that Bush can't figure out why the guy did what he did other than to gain some notoriety.

    Bush said.... The journalist was "looking for notoriety," Bush said, adding that authorities shouldn't "overact" in their treatment of him.

    "First of all, it's got to be one of the most weird moments of my presidency," he said. "Here I am, getting ready to answer questions from a free press in a democratic Iraq, and a guy stands up and throws his shoe. And it was bizarre, and it was an interesting way for a person to express himself."

    This pretty much shows just how insensitive and ignorant Bush is. Thousands of innocent Iraqi's have been killed because of his decision to invade Iraq, probably members of his own family. Yet Bush fails to see that the whole world is disgusted with him reflected by his approval ratings in the USA and the world. Thousands of Iraq's demonstrate in support of this man and Bush can't see it.


    December 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. adam

    probably the dumbest people would be the 56 million or so who voted for him in 04.

    December 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Libs be dopes

    To DBOSTON: parents were married and I believe that disqualifies me from running for office.

    You might want to brush up on your grammer and sentence structure.


    Why are you such a fool? Why didn't you run for office? You are a stupid little person.

    Public school?

    December 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. God Help Us

    My mother always said. "Never lie, it will comeback to get you!"

    December 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Mike of Rockville

    Even with the bruised eye, she still looks HOT!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Fazio

    While I do not condone violence of any kind, I think this recent incident of the reporter throwing his shoes at the President should make us all reflect. Why was this man throwing his shoes? In Iraqi culture, this is the ultimate sign of disrespect and contempt. President Bush's conduct had dismantled a country, left it in flames and turmoil – many attribute him for the deaths of thousands - and for what US national security? oil and resource supremacy? personal vendetta? preservation of global hegemony? Experts will debate the motivations of the neocons for years to follow. What is clear, however, is how this war has soiled America's moral standing in the world, increased animosity of the world, and symbolized extreme arrogance never before seen in the past 50 years. Naturally, people are upset and hold president Bush in contempt and disdain for instrumenting this war that has left thousands of Iraqi and Americans dead. While I do not wish violence or harm onto another, and do not rejoice in this action as some have on this blog, President Bush should not be surprised that many Iraqis regard revile him, and do not see him as their "liberator" as Bush likely regards his role.

    What concerns me, however, is to think that this action may have set a presedent - if anyone, journalist, common citizen, whomever - if they have an issue with an elected official – are they now going to start throwing non-lethal objects to air their grevances?

    December 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. RufusVonDufus

    Well, it didn't detract from her good looks!

    December 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. txboy

    She's a tough egg!! Go girl!!

    December 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Marcus, CA

    Still-President Bush and any reputable reporting agency including the U.S. State Department has admitted that Iraq insofar as the electrical grid, water and other services is, after 6 years of reconstruction, in worse shape AFTER THE DEATH OF SADDAM AND OUR OCCUPATION THAN BEFORE. I'd throw more than shoes at a man who, not content with destroying a foreign country proceeded to destroy the USA .

    Think anti-christ and you wouldn't be to far off the mark. Or in Bush's own words SO WHAT!

    December 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Independent voter

    She must have stepped in front of Bush when the Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at our President! what a joke!

    December 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. johnmccain

    Yeah, microphone... just like when doubya choked on pretzel... Yeah, pretzel...

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. tom

    If Bush was so concerned with spreading democracy and freedom in the Middle East why didn't he attack Saudi Arabia? Too busy skipping around his ranch with the royal family I guess. It was all about revenge for Saddam turning on Rummy and Dick when they thought he was their dictator.

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Rousseau

    That is so sad. She got Bush's black eyes.

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Rys

    No, American should be happy that a shoe was thrown at our president. That act disrespects all of us and our country. If Mr. Showthrower can't see how far his country has come since Saddam was removed, he should note that his head is still connected to his body.

    December 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Mecrob

    Ok plain and simple... the show was a sign of disrespect to the man who is responsible for the US invasion of Iraq. Of course he deserved to be disrespected. If Sadaam lead an army to come to the US and take over our government we would all be outraged.

    Well put yourself in their position for once, you retarded hicks.

    Bush did not give the Iraqi's their "Freedom" he only went into their country and disrupted their govt. (regardless of how corrupt it was)

    Bush did not invade iraq because of the 9-11 events, he merely used that as an excuse to "protect us"

    Bush is an imbicile just like the majority of people who are standing up for him. You call libs sheep, yet you time and time again support this moronic president.

    And Dana Perino got what was coming to her, regardless of how nice she looks 🙂

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. K

    On the surface I look at the clip and have to chuckle at the whole "who throws a shoe" thing and laugh at how deftly Pres Bush moves to avert it. and I agree with several of you on a few different things. We did vote this man into office...twice (me included). If you don't like the way he has run the country that's your right to think that way. But all of you who let your blind hatred of him interfere with the rational thought of this Iraqi man disrepecting our president, the one who gave him the freedom to throw those shoes, a guy intent on publicly humiliating our elected leader, which inadvertantly disrespects our fellow citizens who have given their lives for his freedom, and our country in general, shame on you! The world is not only laughing at Bush, they are laughing at you and me, making a mockery of us...the very people who have sacrified our fellow citizens and billions of our taxpaying dollars to save one ungrateful nation afte another and give this ungrateful nation of Iraqi thugs their freedom to hate us for it. And your support of that mockery of our president by mocking him also, show them that it's OK to make fools of American citiizens because we're dumb enough to go along with it!
    If one lesson is learned from the Iraq debacle, I hope it is that we never again take up for any Middle Eastern country. If this is how they show their gratitude, let them be suppressed, starved. maimed and killed by their never-ending parade of dictators! You ungrateful Iraqis are the dogs; you deserve the pitiful lives Saddam Hussein subjected you to! We should have left you to live in your stench-filled country to die miserable death without every getting the chance to throw as shoe in the face of freedom!

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Denver Dem

    You know, I am not one to hate on people. But with all the lies she has told to the American Public I feel Karma gave her that black eye and I feel she deserved it.

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Big Deal

    To Anna December 16th, 2008 2:21 pm ET 'Can any one of you imagine a so called freedom which cost you whole family.'

    Your comment just proves how uneducated you are about history. Wake up. How do you think this country came to be? Men and women have been dying for hundreds of years to protect the freedom and liberties that we blessed to have today. ‘Nobody in Iraq is happy with their freedom’. Really? Please don't generalize to try and make your point because I do know of people who are happy that they finally have a form of freedom they have never experienced in their lifetime. It's not easy over there now, but it wasn't easy when this country was first formed nor was it easy after the civil war.

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. steve

    Frank you make comments about Bush not being in vietnam. what the heck has your beloved Obama done to serve HIS country??

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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