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. Soccer Nana

    Well, Bush is not my favorite President, but he is MY President (no matter how rotten I think he is). That guy had absolutely no right to do what he did. He really should be sent to prison. He gets NO CHEERS from me.

    And another thing, those Secret Service agents should be FIRED! I will accept the fact that the Iraqi nut-burger got a chance to throw the first shoe; but, the agents should have had their knees in his back BEFORE he put that arm down and began to raise the other arm to make the second shoe airborne. The response was absolutely too slow.

    This is the "thanks" given and the Iraqi's get most of the 10 billion dollars being sent to Iraq each month?

    December 16, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Ralph, South Carolina

    Where in the heck was the secret service? That reporter should have never gotten the opportunity to even think about throwing the second shoe before having his arm ripped from his shoulder.

    December 16, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Matt

    How fortunate for the person who threw the shoes at Bush that he hadn't tried to throw them at Saddam Hussein six years ago, which would have resulted in his certain torture or death. It's ironic that the freedom he now enjoys is so offensive to him; yet, he seems to have no qualms about exercising his freedom of expression now in ways that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

    December 16, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Steve for Change
    Are you and the others calling that reporter a hero so stupid to not realize that you and every other American was insulted when that shoe was thrown? Even if you hate him, Bush is President and the office deserves respect. Did you also celebrate in the streets like the Muslim world did on 9/11? Anyone who calls this guy a hero should stop calling himself or herself an American.

    December 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. lovable liberal

    Intellectually, I'm sure she knows that the Secret Service won't protect her when Bush is in danger, but I wonder how it feels to see that in action. If there had been a real mortal threat, she would have been on her own.

    December 16, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Jaimon

    Some of you sick people are happy she is physically hurt? What sort of human beings are you?

    December 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Julius

    Maybe I'm being sexist or whatever but I still believe in chivalry and I think the secret service should be able to protect the President without trampling women or children. I mean come on...this guy got off one shoe then bent down to pick up the second and threw it as well and the press secretary ends up with a black eye? Tactical training increase for the secret service maybe?

    December 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Mac in Denver

    C'mon, people. You got your wish. Try, just for once, being gracious in victory. You sure were never able to do it in defeat.

    December 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. WAG

    To Bad that Perino go caught in the cross-fire.
    Press Secretary for the WH is a thank-less job.
    Have to lie and cover up each time that they stand in front of the press.
    No wonder after a year or so, they resign.
    Just ask McClelland......

    December 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. PRObama

    I feel humiliated as a an American when I have to say Bush is my President. So seeing him be humiliated makes me think to myself and let all of you know that Karma can be a...

    December 16, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Tom, Oregon

    The shoe throwing is just an example of how wrong Bush was/is in understanding Iraq and its people. He has not learned anything greater then he did when he thought invading the country was a great idea. I don't condone the act of throwing shoes at leaders, or anyone for that matter, but it does express how utterly despised Bush and his foreign policies are in the region and to the extent he has turned potential allies into enemies.

    December 16, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Mike

    How come everytime Bush is involved innocent people get hurt? Geeez

    December 16, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Benton Indianapolis, In

    i still say it is to bad the guy missed. he might have knocked some sense into bush and made him understand how bad he has screwd this country in the last eight yrs.

    December 16, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. MBFLA

    Send a shoe to Bush to show your displeasure with his administration as he does his delusion lap around the world:

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave
    Washington, DC 20500

    December 16, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. clova

    He could have express him self by using words instead of resorting to violence, i am not crazy about President Bush! but the fact remains he is our President and deservr respect no matter how wrong he was about the war .

    December 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Chris - Denver

    "I accidently got hit in the eye by a microphone while the secret service responded to an Iraqi journalist throwing his shoes at the president of the US."

    Oh, yeah, sure. I bet every ER doctor has heard this excuse at least a hundred times. Dana needs to get away from her batterer.

    December 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. MJHS1967

    To: Lib be dopes ...even God promised Ishmael that He would bless him with a great nation. Only a loving God would also give His Son Jesus to the world so we might be free.

    Needless to say, many selfish and deceptive people from all walks of life will continue to do the things in which God hates:

    There are six things which the LORD hates,
    Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
    Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    And hands that shed innocent blood,
    A heart that devises wicked plans,
    Feet that run rapidly to evil,
    A false witness who utters lies,
    And one who spreads strife among brothers.

    Proverbs 6:16-19

    December 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Sharon, Minnesota

    Can I throw my pair of steel toe boots at Bush or someone in his admistration for a $50 dollar donation to the treasury? This option should be made available for every American, bet it will rake in a lot of money.

    December 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. GuyInVA

    Whether you like the President or not, he is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Have some respect, and some self respect for that matter. If this were President-elect Obama, it would be equally wrong regardless of the reason for the attack. Now I hear this guy's brother whining about his injuries. If one plans on attacking a nation's leader (in any nation), accept that one result will be some pretty rough treatment directed at you (rightfully so). To anyone happy this woman was hurt... you're pathetic. Besides, what kind of backward culture looks at shoe throwing as a normal form of expression? To quote Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery, "Who throws a SHOE?" "Honestly?"

    December 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. clova

    He could have express him self by using words instead of resorting to violence, i am not crazy about President Bush! but the fact remains he is our President and deserve respect no matter how wrong he was about the war .

    December 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Iowa Mom

    My 9 year old son started to say some smart comment about Bush and the shoe throwing video, but I had to stop him and explain that even though we do not agree with Bush and his administration, we do not rejoice in the attempted violence directed toward anyone. But I will admit, a tiny part of me got a little chuckle, I mean a shoe of all things.

    December 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. GraystoneBeatle

    I can't condone the violence. It is wrong, no two ways about it. On the other hand, here is the story of the perpetrator. Knowing this may help understand what caused him to snap.

    (from BBC News)
    . . .
    Muzhir al-Khafaji, programming director for the channel, described him as a "proud Arab and an open-minded man".

    "He has no ties with the former regime. His family was arrested under Saddam's regime," he said.

    Mr Zaidi has previously been abducted by insurgents and held twice for questioning by US forces in Iraq.

    In November 2007 he was kidnapped by a gang on his way to work in central Baghdad and released three days later without a ransom.

    He said at the time that the kidnappers had beaten him until he lost consciousness, and used his necktie to blindfold him.

    Mr Zaidi never learned the identity of his kidnappers, who questioned him about his work before letting him go.

    December 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. yourdysfunctionhere

    Proof that democracy is alive and well in Iraq. Had this person thrown a shoe at Saddam, he would be dead already. Sometimes seeing things like this is the only thanks one gets for the hard work of liberating a country and creating a new democracy. All of you stupid Bush haters completely miss the real point of this story.

    December 16, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Mac

    Since nobody in our government has the guts or will to impeach Bush/Cheney, the shoe incident is the only consolation we can take pleasure in. Sure it's disrespectful, but Bush's lack of respect for our constitution, democracy, and international law have earned him this kind of treatment.

    December 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. John in WV

    How many black eyes could you have seen when Bush began bombing the hell out of Iraq ? Kids, women, elderly and all innocent.

    December 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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