Posted at 11:40 AM on December 15, 2008
by Jeff Horwich
Watching the instant replay makes it clear: President Bush has some serious reflexes.
That reaction time made the difference between two vastly different ways this story could have played out. Imagine if he'd taken it square in the face. The guy had good aim -- it could have happened, especially if Bush hadn't been looking up.
Instead, many of us have to admit that -- whatever we think of the President -- we've got a twinge of pride (maybe more than a twinge) that America ducked the shoe.
Insult us? Go ahead -- you probably even have a point. But don't think the Stars and Stripes can be taken down with a shoe in the face. It just ain't gonna happen. These colors don't run (they duck -- and fast).
National shoe-ducking pride aside, Sanden and I were just speculating about some even cooler ways this could have gone down. Maybe you can add to our list:
* Rather than ducking, Bush's left hand springs up at 90-degree angle like an unleashed catapult and catches the shoe mid-air (Jeff)
* Bush immediately takes said caught-shoe and flings it back from whence it came, striking the thrower between the eyes (Sanden)
* Bush catches the shoe in his mouth, like a bullet (Sanden)
* Bush executes a roundhouse kick and blocks the shoe with his own shoe (Jeff)
* Bush ducks the shoe and is immediately ready with a classic Austin Powers line: "Really! Who throws a shoe?" (Sanden)
* The shoe bounces harmlessly off of the three-foot radius invisible force field that surrounds the President at all times, thus revealing the presence of said force field (Jeff)
Got more? Maybe a role for Iraqi PM Nouri al Maliki?
Review the footage, and add your comments below to what seems to have become one of our nerdiest blog posts yet.