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. Joe the Drummer

    Why didnt they throw the book at him?

    December 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    Good thing she didn't have to dodge the brick that the majority of Americans would like to throw at Bush.

    December 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Larry

    All of the people with Bush ,and including Bush,are vary brave Americans,they are actually putting their lives on the line for our country all of the time.There are terrorist from all over the world, and people with the same mantallity in our own country,you can read some of there post here,that would like to cause harm to our president and our own American government staff,really scary stuff.I'm afraid of these people!!

    December 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. bill

    too bad she got black eye.also if you run with fools what do you expect.too bad iraqui news man missed.would have loved to see someone anyone.smack this fool bush in the chops

    December 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Euclid

    The shoe throwing incident could mean President Bush has achieved his objectives in Iraq, which is to free the people and give them democracy. If it were Saddam that the journalist threw his shoes . . . he would have been slaughtered like an animal already.

    December 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Rebekah

    Every time people of all different back grounds have to put a label on everything. Through out this post it's the liberals and the conservatives the dems or repubs. What happened was not because we liberated a people and a nation, how many civilian Iraqis have been killed.? The number could be well into the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS, no one really knows for sure. So how would you feel about the so called liberators of democracy if it came at such a heavy price? You would throw your shoes at him too!!

    December 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Ernie in LA

    Bush did it.

    December 16, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. carl

    I can't wait to get the hell out of that hole! There will be new dictators to torture and kill the Iraqis and nobody on earth will care. Any shoe torpedo will be followed by a public flogging and beheading. Just like the good old days!

    December 16, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Pychic


    December 16, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. ABG

    Dana Perino has been the best White House press secretary in a long time.

    She has a tough job running interference for the Bush administration.

    December 16, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Precious Coker, NY

    She is a victim of domestic violence.Period!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. N. S. Huntsville, Al


    December 16, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Glad her eye will be okay but this is still funny!


    She took one for the team.

    December 16, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. cgsailor

    Enough, already. Bush-bashers, he's down to a few weeks in office and then you get to see if your candidate can do better...get over it.

    December 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Capital Peach

    Well as a proud liberal, I'm not rejoicing over what happened. It seemed that the secret service was caught flat footed and that's not good. This man had time to throw two shoes at the President of the United States. Imagine if it weren't shoes? No matter what I think of Bush, I don't want to see him harmed.

    December 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. she

    you know i gotta say- i been neither a bush supporter or fan but i don't appreciate anyone throwing shoes at our president- no matter what that nut belongs to us. as americans we are the only ones with rights to throw shoes at him, and like it or not, we can't and don't.

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. chuck

    Small price to pay for being a part of this administration. I'm not suprised that shoes didn't fly before now. Bush rarely appeared before any audience that wasn't friendly toward his policies. His appearances were as staged as his intellect. The one time they couldn't review their audience beforehand turned out to have a person who spoke for the world with a pair of shoes. It was an awful thing to do though. Any country that has disdain for dogs should not be trusted for one second.

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square


    In response to Bush's stupid comment about attacking Iraq. This just goes to prove that Bush is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. It is sorry that so many Americans voted for him. I thought the American voter was smarter. Oh well

    Let's throw Mad dog in a hard time prison. That is where he should go with about a 50 billion fine. Let's get tough with these wall street thugs.

    December 16, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. carol

    sorry for that but on the video I see no evidence that she was actually there!!


    December 16, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. That's The Ronald

    I can't believe how many people hate Bush yet he's walking around free. You know he broke laws misleading us into war. Appoint a special prosecutor and try him for high crimes and misdemeanors! NOW!!

    December 16, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Rickymo

    I thought the shoe throwing was great and if they hit her instead of him– good. Her job has been to defend this loser President and she, along with the rest of the administration deserve everything they get. What goes around comes around...good riddans to all of them.

    December 16, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. That's The Ronald

    ... And as far as the shiner goes…she wears it well.

    December 16, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. ben

    Just like 9/11 there is no evidence that Perino is behind or any close to President and minister of Iraq.........

    MMMMMh go to utube and try see if you see Perino anywhere in that vedio!

    December 16, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Robin

    Wow – what a bunch of mean, nasty people we have here. Great examples for our children to cheer a woman getting a black eye and the leader of the free world being humiliated.

    Grow up, brats. Despite my opposing much of what Bush stood for, I take no pleasure in seeing our president have to duck to avoid a shoe. Even if you don't respect the man, you should show some respect for the office.

    And to all those who say the Iraqi people are worse off, that's crap. Under Saddam Hussein, no one would have dared throw a shoe for fear of being "disappeared." Bush was right about one thing – this is the truest example of freedom in Iraq you could possible get.

    Brings to mind an old saying from the American Revolution, and (in more recent times, the movie "The American President") I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. We have given that to the Iraqi people. I am not at all happy with how this shoe-thrower chose to express himself, but I am proud to have given him the freedom to do so.

    And again, for those who delight in the shoe toss and resulting humiliation and black eye, grow up, brats. All of us Americans were humiliated by this, not just Bush.

    December 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. California Gold

    Two impressions: (1) The President ducked like he has had stuff thrown at him before and (2) The Iraqi reporter has a darn good arm. Fast and dead on!

    December 16, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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