Shoes thrown at Bush during rare visit to Baghdad
A pair of shoes were thrown at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
In his fourth and last visit as President to the country, Bush addressed the newly signed Strategic Framework Agreement, a security pact that, according to Bloomberg "sets June 30, 2009, as the deadline for U.S. combat troops to withdraw from all Iraqi cities and towns. The date for all U.S. troops to leave Iraq is December 31, 2011."
As Bush spoke to a room of reporters, an Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, flung the two shoes as Bush managed to duck both lodges.
According to CNN, as was pinned down and then dragged away, al -Zaidi, screamed out in Arabic ""This is a farewell ... you dog!"
â€śAll I can report is it is a size 10,â€? Bush said after the incident.
Bloomberg reported that "In Arab culture, throwing shoes is a grave show of disrespect."
Although both articles generally presented the same information, Bloomberg included information about President-elect Obama's plans for action and the effects that Bush's previous visits to the country will have on Obama's plans.
I also noticed that quotes were different, but essentially meant the same thing. For instance, CNN reported that the al-Zaidi said "This is a farewell ... you dog!" While Bloomberg reported that al-Zaidi said, â€śThis is the farewell kiss, you dog.â€?