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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    So, what LAME reason do you have for not being in Iraq fighting Bush's War?? You waiting for some LIBERAL to fight for your Freedom? Just wondering?

    December 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Don



    December 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Matt

    I thought the usual excuse was "I walked into a door."

    December 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Come on, couldn't she have covered that with make-up? That's just calling attention to yourself and the incident.

    To those who say being amused at the shoe throwing incident is disrespectful, I say that one must earn respect. Respect does not automatically come with a title. Pres. Bush has never, not once, not even as Governor of Texas, earned an ounce of respect from me. He does not respect you, or me, or the Iraqis. He doesn't respect much in this world and he is undeserving of our respect.

    P.E. Obama, on the other hand, has already earned a measure of respect from me and millions of other Americans. He has already taken steps to earn respect from the world wide community.

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

    Collateral damage.

    December 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    I miss Tony like crazy (WAY more funny than Dana) but I don't think Tony ever got hit in the face...

    December 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Alex

    What I find so interesting is how offended people are at the idea of our President being so disrespected. I wonder how the Iraqi people feel in terms of their own respect-their country has been overrun, their police were disbanded, they had no water or electricity, and very little food in many areas for long periods of time. And violence? After the invasion, Iraqis were 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED THAN WHEN SADDAM WAS IN POWER.

    No one is arguing that Saddam is a good guy-but things are all relative when you're dying. Yes, Saddam was an evil, terrible, dictator. But there are many of these around. If our foreign policy is to "liberate" countries of their evil dictator, why are we ignoring Africa? Oh, yeah-they don't have oil.
    And if under our control things are worse, what does that make us?
    Bush will go down in history as one of the most arrogant and inept Presidents, who has caused hundreds of thousand of deaths. Having a few shoes thrown his way is not what I define as violence. This reporter probably having to endure the destruction of his country and the many deaths of friends or family is. THAT IS THE ULTIMATE DISRESPECT THAT BUSH HAS SHOWN THE WORLD.

    December 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Fenarkleman

    James Brady. He was a White House press secretary under President Reagan when he was seriously wounded in 1981 and he's been in a wheelchair ever since. So, yeah, it can be a dangerous job. I'm sure there are folks at CNN who were at least in elementary school in 1981 who remember this, right?

    December 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. E. Fernandez

    Had Saddam invaded the U.S. , killed thousands of its citizens in a proven unprovoked war.....I would think the citizens of our country would do more than throw our shoes at Saddam on his last victory lap through Washington.......Put the "shoe" on the other foot for a change......and yes PUN INTENDED!

    December 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Guy

    Couldn't have happened to a better person

    December 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. KB Denver Co.

    I get the feeling not everyone in Iraq views the united states as liberators so much as they view us as occupiers.

    To all that rejoice in this act Grow up guy's.

    To all who are appalled grow up guy's

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Jim in Bisbee

    I love press secretaries. It must be an interesting job trying to convince people that up is down, right is wrong, wet is dry. All of Bush's press secretaries remind me of Baghdad Bob, the inadvertenly comical spokeman for Saddam Hussein.

    I have wondered if any of these people realize they spend most of their time lying, obfuscating, dissembling, prevaricating, etc. etc.?

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Alex

    The W presidency is a black eye for our country and the whole world.

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    libs be dopes-

    Thank you for your effort in bringing us all together.
    Now, how about gaining some understanding of people who are not like you.
    Either that or crawl back under the rock you emerged from.

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Shari, NY

    The size 10 missile = “defiance of an American president who many Iraqis believe has destroyed their country”. So says the man's kin.

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Matt

    People need to stop confusing this with free speech (and CNN needs to stop encouraging that confusion). Physical violence is NEVER free speech no matter what the intent. Moreover, the law cannot distinguish between one accused and another based on whether the victim was popular or unpopular. The guy should be prosecuted like anyone else would be. That doesn't mean we can't still wish one of the shoes connected with Bush's empty head.

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. No incumbents 2010

    She is a woman, in Iraq she would be stoned for provoking it.

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. nom deplume


    In case you didn't get the memo, the US press is largely in the tank with the dems. In fact, it isn't the unspoken open secret that it used to be–some journalists (Chris Matthews for example), openly advocate this (I would include Olbermann if I thought he was a journalist).

    I would love to see Obama heal this divide, but his soft cabinet picks are liberal hacks that will tax, spend, and silence unpopular speech (in case no one noticed, it isn't the right that is silencing people under the guise of political correctness). Further, his policies are already driving off capital and economic development, which is evidenced by the fact that the taxpayer is stepping in to fund capitalism since capitalists have been declared Public Enemy No. 1 (and when they are targetted like this, history shows that they tend to leave and not come back). Change is a coming, and this country is closer to civil war than it has been in our lifetimes. Got ammo???

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Michael M. Noonan


    Despite your obvious problem with subject-agreement, you have even greater problems because you are so ill informed. Don't you know the Parliament of Iraq overwhelmingly supports the President as do peace loving Shiites and Sunnis. Only the most radical purveyors of violence are chanting that this man is a hero. And I suppose you would be in tht number. Christmas gift to yourself: buy a good standard English text and read something other than the N.Y. Times, a handmaiden of the Democratic Left, some of whom had the dignity to condemn this attack on our President on foreign soil.

    December 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Shari, NY

    Muslims remove shoes before praying. Now shoes will have to be removed during press conferences. What next?

    December 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. nom deplume


    I have an investment in commodities for you (hint-it isn't gold).

    December 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Jared

    Libs be dopes is the dope.

    Obama is Christian. The myth that he's Muslim has been debunked for months now.

    I bet you still believe Iraq had something to do with 9/11 too, which is also untrue.

    December 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    She gets a Purple Heart, of course!

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. arc, Interlaken CH

    This is not news....unless Bush pushed Perrino into the direct flight path of the errant footwear, and it whacked her in the peeper, then this is not news.

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)


    No one will ever say Saddam was a good guy. And his sons made him look good. But the issues are not as black and white as the right wingers make them out to be.
    Living in a dictatorship is pretty bad. Living with bombs going off every day may just be worse.

    Maybe 10, 20, or 50 years from now, Iraqis will live in peace and thank the US for what happened. But I just don't know. If nothing else, this was all handled pretty badly by guys who thought they had all the answers and were wrong on pretty much everything.

    December 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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