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. Papasan

    The pain the pain is always the same...
    Dr.Smith / Lost in Space

    December 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. rAY

    If she was at the side of the President, why is it that she is visible nowhere in the video? That chair at the table is empty. It's as plain as day to see
    another crock from the bushie.....A VILLAGE IDIOT IS MISSING FROM TEXAS

    December 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    That's called KARMA. That's what you get for being a NO GOOD LIAR like your Half witted no good Boss.

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Al, California

    Throwing a shoe and destroying a country are two uncomparably different actions. As usual, a really grand crime gets less or no punishment.
    Now, finally, where we American citizens can email thanks to the Shoe-Thrower?

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Frank

    Shoe throwing is how girls fight, which is why the liberals like this story so much.

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. obama-mama

    Dang ma, I got a shiner caus o George, heeeheeeheee

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. chris

    she took it for the team better than Scottie or Ari...way to go.

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Eleanor

    On her, it looks good! Couldn't happen to a nicer Bush mouthpiece.

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. NJVote08

    Sorry, I had to post this somewhere.

    Ticker: Americans divided on Obama puppy, poll says

    To Michael Lesser December 16th, 2008 7:20 am ET
    Not discounting the President-elects concern about his children's allergies he, and his family, should go to Lackland Air Force Base and adopt one of the many rehabilitated wounded in action service dogs returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. This would be the right thing to do for the commander-in-chief and be a powerful symbol of support for all those who sacrifice in these conflicts regardless of one's political stance on them.

    Why don't you do the right thing and get several for yourself! The right thing for the Obamas to do is to get what they want from where they want. So many of you have your own opinion about what they should do. I don't recall the Obamas asking anyone's opinion about what kind of puppy they should get, nor the best place to get it. Don't waste your time answering stupid surveys. Just leave them alone to handle their own personal business.

    Lots of love and God bless you all!

    December 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Matt

    Physical violence is not free speech. Popularity does not determine the manner in which the law should be applied.

    December 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Mary

    there will be some who think this is justifiable, I for one dont think so. there is an awlfull lot of hate in this country, just think of your sins before your throw your shoes, or stones at someone eles, we think we are better then everyone eles, just remember this, it is appointed once to die then the judgement! how will you stand before this Judgement sit, remember the Media has done a lot of demage to this president! and God will do there Judging, how will they stand,?

    December 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. I voted for the "other" guy

    So, by reading these posts, it appears to be OK to show one's "feelings" through violence. I expect nothing more from CNN now though, nor the people who post here (this is my first BTW). I do have one question for some of you........if Obama does something that I don't agree with, can I then throw my shoe at him? Judging by these posts, I see nothing wrong with that behavior.

    December 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    I believe Dana had a black eye to begin with and it wasn't from a microphone. The shape around her eye look like she was dotted in the eye, not hit by some microphone!! She has a bruise circle around her eye!! What kind of shape was the microphone. Sorry can't buy that one!!

    December 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. obama-mama


    The only people I worry about throwing anything at Obama is racist bigots in our society.

    You have no idea what that man must have been feeling to make him go over the edge. He may have lost his family. George is lucky that only boots were thrown at him. Who gave Bust the right to turn a country upside down just to kill their leader who was a piece of crap but he went in under false pretense and have caused many lives lost.....

    December 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. CA south

    I am ashame of my US countrymen who approved the disrespectful incident in Iraq. Your hatred toward President Bush showed your true rotten low characters. We did not treat the madness Iranian president that way when he was in The USA several times. We don't do that period. It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with President Bush on his handling with the war.
    From Florida Girl:
    "I don't agree with almost anything Bush did or does, nor did I vote for him in 2000 or 2004, but seeing that incident made me angry. Who is that person to throw a shoe at him? Some of them over there argue over their rights and continue to oppress women and children so I guess he was throwing the shoes for men's rights"

    December 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. HM

    Kel down in Awbarn should stick to animal husbandry rather than trying to analyze videotape. It's pretty funny about the shoe but if BOB had been the one getting tossed at you all would be screaming conspiracy that he was left unguarded and trying to award him the Medal of Honor or something.

    December 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Owen Finn

    The fact that this guy only threw his shoes at Bush is showing some serious restraint on his part. This president is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. HIM, PERSONALLY.

    Heck – when two towers collapsed and 3,000 died... the US went to war. And you folks have the nerve to criticize throwing shoes as "violence"???

    December 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. James, Ho. TX

    It appears Bush's trip to Iraq wasn't much of a "Secret Trip";
    The Iraqi Press was waiting in the Wings!
    The question being; Can Iraqis defend themselves when they can't hit a target 10 feet away with WMDs?

    December 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. a

    Have we forgotten 9/11? Americans are such ingrates! At first, everything was great, then as soldiers started to die, Americans began protesting. Excuse me, war is not pretty, people will die; it takes sacrafice to earn freedom and democracy. Those soldiers knew what they were getting into; they signed for the armed forces voluntarily. As for the shoe thrower, isn't he glad the U.S. has given him his life, because if Sadamm would have been alive, he would be dead for such an action. So, to all Americans, be mindful of whom you have elected for president and don't regret your actions 8 years from now.

    December 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. CitizenDick

    Her injury matches the black eye the Bush administration has given our country. Rather than shoes, the book should be thrown at Bush and company.

    December 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. michelle

    What would have happened if that were Obama? That wouldn't have been Obama. Obama would not have led us into this disastrous war and thank God he was elected so he can get us out.

    December 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Jared

    Awesome – something good came of this. Perino got hurt!

    That's Karma, you evil woman you!

    Free Al-Zaidi! Funniest video of 2008 and, imo, he did nothing wrong. Even Bush said they should not "overact" with him and that it "was an interesting way to express himself".

    December 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Hugh

    That journalist is one lucky man. Yes indeed, lucky it wasn't Saddam Hussein standing there instead of Bush.

    As of now, he would be dead.

    How many widows and orphans did Saddam create during all his years as a dictator ?

    December 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. HM

    matthew - stop doing mushrooms, you'll think more clearly.

    December 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Barleyman

    If the guy was trying to hurt the President, he should be charged.

    If he was making a statement, let him go.

    As far as the collateral damage (e.g. Black Eye), well, in this country they would be prosecuted. Not sure what Iraqi law is on this.

    BTW... No one (even a Pinko-Lib like me) takes glee in seeing our President humiliated. Nor have his safety threatened. Doesn't matter who it is.

    Whether he deserved it or not is left to pother blogs. 🙂

    December 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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