Throw a shoe at a Bush? It’s wrong.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 16, 2008
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The below convo broke out on Facebook, a web site you mighta heard of, this morn:

Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush in Baghdad
Sun 5:45pm


Lori Cotton wrote
at 7:08pm on December 14th, 2008
Wish he had better aim.

Steven Moore wrote
at 7:09pm on December 14th, 2008
I saw this earlier too — and I also just saw the clip. The first throw was actually a pretty good line drive right at his head.

Waylon Hart Lewis wrote
at 8:19am
I’m no fan of Bush, farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr from it, but this sort of thing is a slippery slope. If everyone expresses their dislike physically toward Presidents of the US, a lot of shoes (or worse) would be thrown, whomever is President.

Hunter Quarterman (Naropa) wrote
at 1:24pm
I hear ya, Way…Maybe we could draw the line at bunny slippers. That way we could express ourselves without hurting anyone too bad. Of course I am not sure if that would satisfy me if someone destroyed my entire country and its infrastructure and presided over the killing of hundreds of thousands of my friends, neighbors and their children. Not to dis the poor fella…I’m just sayin!…but thanks for holding the line of gentleness and compassion for those of us who aren’t there yet.

Waylon Hart Lewis wrote
at 1:27pm
Oh, I agree with the sentiment 100%, and really can’t blame him. But as the Stones say, the difference between throwing shoes and worse is “just a shot away.” With our frist black president, I think it’s important to keep our disagreements verbal.

Steven Moore: “I think the slippery slope notion here is a little extreme. I mean, what’s next, people will virtually pie him in the face

I think if someone wanted to who their dislike phyically in a way more extreme than shoe throwing, I’m not sure he or she will care if there has been a precedent set by such a shoe thrower before doing so.”



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Throw a shoe at a Bush? It’s wrong.”

  1. admin says:

    Hunter also commented on his note “Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush in Baghdad”:

    “I don’t reckon it will be easy to sleep in the bed that has been made. And bearing in mind that in Iraq shoe throwing is a very serious and intense gesture…there is something about it that just seems hilarious to me! I guess we have a lot to learn about each other.”

  2. admin says:

    “He’s facing 2 years in jail for insulting a foreign state Such beautiful freedoms we have brought to Iraq.”

  3. Janet says:

    I agree with those on the side of non-violence. Thich Nhat Hanh saw his country destroyed, thousands and hundreds of thousands killed by not just the U.S. but Cambodia too. His way of expressing his dissent led to a much more hopeful outcome for himself and the world, but we can’t all be saints I suppose. What surprised me, actually, was Bush’s composure and how adeptly he avoided getting hit. Sort of sums up his whole presidency – when the other shoe drops he ducks and voila! He remains unsoiled and untouched. Too bad it’s only appearance – I wouldn’t want to carry his legacy as president.

  4. John Nemes says:

    Nonviolence is great. But that’s not the way things go down much of the time. Bush will be really lucky if he continues to stay alive, without someone intervening to change that. It’s simple cause and effect at work, maybe the shoes are just the beginning. I don’t wish him ill will in any way, shape or form, but I think people sitting around debating whether or not throwing shoes at him is wrong or right is insane.

  5. John Nemes says:

    Well, maybe it’s not really insane. Just funny 🙂

  6. SJM says:

    karma is a CRAZY thing!!!

  7. admin says:

    Comment via friend Abigial in NYC:

    though i totally disagree with you on the shoe-throwing thing. i think considering how many thousands of people have died because of his carelessness and idiocy – a shoe in his face is hardly enough.

    Waylon Hart Lewis
    Today at 1:20pm
    That’s why blogging is great–it’s not a one way street–you put something out there and folks can offer different povs!

    Of course a shoe isn’t enough—but evil is also in the eye of the beholder, and I think we need to discourage activing out disagreement with physical anything, for Obama’s sake (a lot of hardright neoconservative evangelicals and prejudiced folks may think he’s evil, we don’t want them throwing shoes at him, or anything worse—heck folks tried to assassinate Clinton and he tried to pllllease everybody).

    As a friend said to me, we shouldn’t be throwing shoes at anybody. It’s that simple.

  8. micheal says:

    hit and throw bush by a shoe it is your chance to farewell bush at