Hillary Clinton merits Bush award for ducking shoes

04/11/2014 10:21 AM

04/12/2014 4:49 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to get the George W. Bush Shoe-Ducking Award for her performance Thursday in Las Vegas.

Clinton, who is being talked up as the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, was speaking at a meeting of the Scrap Recycling Industries before more than 1,000 people when a woman in the audience threw a shoe at her. The shoe-thrower, who was arrested, had walked down the aisle to within six rows of the front seating area to get in range of the former first lady.

Clinton joked to laughter from the audience: “Is somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil? My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”

The incident brings to mind then-President Bush ducking shoes that were thrown at him in December 2008 by an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad. In Iraq, throwing shoes is said to be a big insult to the intended target.

Clinton proved to be just as good as Bush at ducking incoming shoes. Will that become a new political requirement to run for president? Hmmm?

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