Fore-and-Aft … The Shoe Sails!


Jeanne Kim recently summarized the antics of shoe-throwing replete with video re-plays.  (April 15, 2014 in GlobalPost).  You can watch these on the link below and enjoy the varied witty or not-so-witty repartees on the receiving ends.

To aid and abet your viewing of shoe launches, here is the list of twelve targets followed by an out-of-order list of twelve random details that Kim discovered.  When watching, try matching the sails.


  1.  Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  2.  Former US President George W. Bush
  3.  Former Chinese President Wen Jiabao
  4.  Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Benny Dagan
  5.  Former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn
  6.  Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  7.  Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard
  8.  Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
  9.  Former Chief Minister of Pakistan, Arbab Ghulam Rahim
  10.  Home Minister of India Palaniappan Chidambaram
  11.  Former US Ambassador Paul Bremer
  12.  President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou 


  1.    His police force bought him a shoe-catching net.
  2.    His assailant asked for her shoe back.
  3.    The shoe missed the target, bouncing off another person’s head.
  4.     It was more a shoe-slap, than a shoe-throw.
  5.    The target wondered aloud if it was a bat. (Perhaps, it was a Bata.)
  6.    Two shoes were thrown: one representing the dead and the other representing the     living.
  7.    The assailant was a lawyer.
  8.    The target acknowledged the shoe-throwing as a political privilege that his          government has won for that country.
  9.     A journalist unleashed his shoe because he felt he was being muzzled.
  10.    The target guessed that it was a size ten shoe as it whizzed by.
  11.     Middle East times three: the target, the assailant’s reasoning and the location.
  12.     The target ignored the shoe and the unassailable accusations flung with it.

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How to Read a Flying Shoe? Duck and Shrug.


Footwear – viewed in the Middle East as low and unclean – was hurled at his head, but a seemingly oblivious George W. Bush just ducked and shrugged.

December 14, 2008 was a memorable day in the histrionics of polished shoes and politics. But, there was one question left for journalists to ponder in this saga.

           What does it take to actually offend George W. Bush?

If not the greatest insult an Arab can muster – the hurling of footwear at a man’s head – then what?Is it that the photographic moment ricochets globally and stays, replaying in an endless loop for the ages?Or maybe that the Iraqi shoe-hurler himself is all but deified, replete with offers of marriage?

No, not even those humiliations managed to penetrate the willfully oblivious presidential bubble, after Bush so deftly ducked and just as quickly shrugged off the leather projectiles at a that Baghdad news conference.

“Whether or not Bush gets it – and he is famous for not getting international etiquette – this was a monumental offence,” says Mark McCrum, whose book ‘Going Dutch In Beijing’ chronicles faux pas in many cultures.

“The thrower didn’t just use shoes, which are the lowest, most unclean thing in his world, he called Bush a dog. The combination of the two, it just doesn’t get worse than that.”

In fairness to Bush, it is easy to miss the sheer magnitude of shoe symbolism in the Middle East. But think back and you might recall that shoes played a starring role at the beginning of the Bush’s Iraq ordeal five years ago, when, just as the old regime collapsed, Iraqis spontaneously began removing their shoes and beating them against anything bearing the likeness of Saddam Hussein.

“Whatever George Bush makes of it, the throwing of the shoes comes from a place embedded deep in the culture of the Middle East. This was a cultural message. And the worst one available.”


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