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.
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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?