The Iraqi journalist was Muthathar al Zaidi, who shouted, “This is a goodbye kiss, you dog!” as he hurled his shoes at President Bush’s head.
According to the Huffington Post:
In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. Iraqis whacked a statue of Saddam Hussein with their shoes after U.S. marines toppled it to the ground after the 2003 invasion.
Bush brushed off the incident, comparing it political protests at home.
“So what if a guy threw his shoe at me?” he said.
So what, indeed…