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. yvonne

    I am about as far left of President Bush as one can get. However, he is the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES and I believe we owe him dignity and respect if only for that reason.

    I am outraged that he can go to another country and suffer such an indignity. I don't see anything funny about it and I think it is a shame that people are saying that this is what he will be remembered for most.

    If things were reversed and an American reporter threw something at a visiting foreign leader, I m sure that he would be under the jail!

    We should be ashamed of ourselves for poking fun. The networks should stop running this clip.

    December 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. PHS in RI


    December 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Denver Dem

    Also JS ...... santee...

    I had nothing to do w/ Bush in the Whitehouse, I voted for Gore in 2000 and repug scumbags stole it from me and my fellow SMART Americans. so people who say I should support this shmuck can pack their bags and leave if they have a problem with what I feel.

    December 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. K

    And I apologize for typing too fast and not editing get my point!

    December 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. dan

    That journalist and his family would not have seen the sun rise in the morning had he done that to Saddam Hussein.

    December 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Nap Town

    Chi Town makes a very good point. I don't like the job lil' Bush has done, but you are right, this Iraqi reporter was able to express himself because Saddam is not around. Iraqis were being jailed, tortured and killed for far less than shoe throwing under his rule.

    So, Iraqi-shoe-throwing-journalist, the brave men and women of the U.S. Military says, "You Are Welcome. Enjoy that freedom of speech you have now".

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Marti

    Haven't many of us already expressed our displeasure with Mr. Bush and his policies by "booting" the Republicans out of office through the election of Senator Obama? We acted symbolically (as we should have); the irate Iraqi acted literally, but then he didn't get a vote in the process.

    December 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Niki in Houston, TX

    To Kendall from Jefferson: These people are not better off now (today) than they were under Saddam. In fact many of them feel that their lives have been destroyed. Now imagine that your country was bombed, most of your friends and family are dead or injured, or maimed. You can't go down the street for fear of being blown up. Now under Saddam, there were problems, but not the chaos that these people live with hourly in that shell of a country. Don't be so quick to pat yourself on the back and say "job well done." Many Iraqis hate us more than ever. They will not ever adopt our ideals and principles. They don't envy our way of life. (See, only the arrogant would believe so). Haven't you ever wondered why they will strap on a bomb and blow up our troops and leaders at the cost of their own lives, but wouldn't do the same to get rid of that "cruel" leader that "oppressed" them for so long? Maybe he wasn't so bad after all. I would also venture out and say I bet if given the choice of living under Saddam, and what they live with now, they'd pick Saddam. Sometimes it takes a fanatical nut to lead a fanatical people. They don't believe in what we do. They don't think as we do. They are willing to die for their beliefs. Now how many Americans do you know would be willing to do the same?

    December 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    And so.... the true feelings of the Iraqi people is expressed through one of their journalists? 🙂

    Here is Bush going out of office still meddling in their government and country. How many people have to die, Americans and Iraqis, before Bush admits he was wrong!

    Wait a minute... that is a stupid question! Nothing Bush or Cheney have done do they consider a mistake!

    In the words of Dick Cheney, "So?"

    They have NO shame... No remorse! They did what they did because they wanted to, and NO ONE questioned them! And now every step Obama takes is under the scrutiny of the media..... double standard? You betcha!

    December 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. M Paul

    We can have our differences but throwing shoes at anybody is barbaric. I am glad that she doing fine and God bless her.

    December 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Troy C

    The Black Eye is a result of collateral damage. Thousands of Innocent Civilians died as a result of the Bush-Whacked reckless Iraqi war policy.

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Just4uliberaldemhaters

    This journalist that thrown shoes on president Bush, where was he under Saddam Husseins oppressive regime? Where was he when the muslim extremist "terrorist" committed hedious killings of innocent citizens in New York in 2001? I guess he probably thought that those heartless killers are mythiers and they are doing the right thing by killing what they probably presumed to be "Infidels". I really wish that Americans should stop rescuing these ungreatful people at all cost and let them loath under whatever oppression they going through and when that is done, all americans border should be highly secured against these kind of people like "shoe thrower" so he will not have any chance in hell to perceive a civilised society.However, the genesis of these whole disrepect emaneted from americans how has succeded in blaming Bush for all that has gone wrong in their lifes and countless of times been insulted by every dick and harry. How can americans easily forgot the security his leadership has brought to amercan soil by fighting the extremist in their own terran instead of allowing them to cause the same distruction in american soil like in 2001. This goes to tell the world that it is only in american you can insult your president and go scout free, something which cannot happen in places like Iran,China,Russia, north Korea and just to mention but a few. What a freedom of speech without obligation. All Americans should be ashamed of themselves. Let me ask any of you morons that are so obessed in blaming Bush for all your failures " If there is great fear of individual security in everyday american civil society would you people still be talking more about the economic hardship?" I leave that for you to respond to.

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Umberto G. - New York

    We rejoice when someone throws a shoe at our President and we glorify the media that vilifies and ridicules our candidates to the presidency or whoever they don't like. There is a general collective histeria, almost as if we had entered "The zone". Where do we go from here? Let's think about it for a moment. This is not something to be proud of.

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Dan

    Um, reporter, did you forget about Jim Brady? Apparently being a White House press secretary can be pretty dangerous. Maybe because, I don't know, you're always near a high-profile target???

    December 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Minnesotan

    I'd almost feel bad for her, except that she's been lying for Bush ever since she took the job. The last guy had an attack of conscience, as did many other Bush cronies. But Perino is happy to keep spreading the official Bush/Cheney manure and let others suffer. Hope the black eye sticks around for a long time!

    December 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Ron Jeremy

    CNN, the "Politithetic" chat room. Those that blog here are like dogs licking their balls.



    December 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Bill in Ct.

    That Iraq guy should've thrown more than a shoe it that idiot and murderer (Bush), Bush is responsible for thousands of lives and still counting, billions of dollars spend and still counting, millions of people in this country loosen jobs b/c they allowed deregulation in the market. This administration has run this country into the ground and their just going to walk away with no punishment, I say, to bad it wasn't a gun, b/c that's what he deserves ((((( DEATH )))). I've never wish death on anyone before but I truly wish it on him.

    December 16, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Mike B

    The last time Bush ducked anything that skillfully, it was the Vietnam War.

    December 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Angel

    as much as the shoe thing is funny, this shows that there was a security issue to me....where was the secret service?.....thank God that was a shoe.....and no one got hurt....just a few black eyes.

    December 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Felonious Monk

    What of the Secret Service? They completely let every U.S. citizen down. When the first shoe flew the Secret Service should have been piling on top of the President to protect him. Nothing. Then the guy had time to take off a second shoe and hurl it at the President. How is it possible that the Secret Service completely let down the security guard of the President of the United States. Those guys put their lives on the line to protect the President and when he/we needed them most, they reacted so slowly. They didn't even react until it was all over. If I were Bush I would not feel so extremely secure and/or confident in the protection provided by the Secret Service. It is clear that further training and better recognition of potential threats to the life of the President is required.
    As an average American, I want to thank the Secret Service for protecting our President. Whether we like him or not, he is the President of the United States and must be protected accordingly.

    December 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. MD

    Those who find pleasure in this should remember that a United State president represents all Americans and this sign of disrespect was directed at you too.

    December 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Hahahaha

    This election has clearly shaken the ground underneath the rupubs' feet. They'll cry foul at a tumbleweed if it insults them enough. I hope Obama shows them what a successful eight years looks like; then again, they didn't seem to learn too well from the Clinton era.

    December 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. jimntat

    Too bad about her eye, but when you become the front stage liar for that gang, what do you expect to eventually happen. Thank God in a few short weeks, it will all be over and we can begin to build respect in the world again.

    December 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Rob

    if only the US military hadn't taken the reporters gun....

    December 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Jackson

    Sweeet! Like 95% of the US it would have been nice if the shoe had connected with the intended target. None the less, a crony is still a good score. lol

    December 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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