Monday, December 15, 2008

Where was the Secret Service?

My initial reaction to the shoe throwing incident, after I stopped laughing, was the same as Josh. It did seem to take a very long time for security to get to the shoe thrower. I suppose that could be explained by the Iraqis being in charge of security in the press gallery and stringent entry searches, but there was a significant lag between the two shoes. Shouldn't Bush's personal Secret Service guy been throwing himself in front of the president by then?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple answers to simple questions: No. A shoe is not all that dangerous and it might smudge the suit.

6:43:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Anon, but is it really that simple? What about shoe bombs? Isn't that why we have to take our shoes in the airport?

8:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

I think Josh said it - mostly. The people present had already been carefully screened, searched, wanded, scent-hounded or whatever, to the security team's satisfaction. Fail. Maybe not Epic, but big-time. Because after all, the man only threw shoes. He could have thrown a microphone or a camera, or something that could potentially do more damage than a shoe (which still could have hurt).

But this is the US presence in Iraq. What could possibly go wrong? And I am being both sarcastic and honest. This has been the pattern since Day 1.

Meanwhile, I hope shoe guy isn't dead. Does anyone know?

12:45:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Larkspur. It just struck me as odd. I thought it was their job to get between him and flying missiles of any sort.

In any event, the shoe thrower is still alive as far as I know, but has been badly beaten and is in US custody at their "airport prison."

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3:15:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Hey, would you take a shoe for that guy? If the shoe hits, let it.

5:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Fogg. That was my other thought.

7:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the secret service is even less enamored of bush than we are. Keep in mind they have to put up with him in person, on a daily basis.

I am slightly shocked none of THEM have shot him. Imagine putting up with that smirk...

7:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Larkspur said...

Yeah, Libby, it would be fascinating to listen in on the Secret Service de-briefing on this one. I'm thinking that "Well, jeepers, it all happened so fast!" isn't going to go over well.

9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Larkspur. I suspect you're right about that.

9:07:00 AM  

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