For Bush-haters, the shoe is on the other foot

In response to Hillary Clinton Dodges Shoe “Sniper-Fire”:

I’m old enough to remember when liberals thought it was hilarious that someone threw a shoe at George Bush.  I guess they’ve reconsidered the humor value of footwear barrages, now that Hillary’s the target.

It should go without saying that nobody should be throwing shoes, or anything else, at any public speaker, although I reserve the right to prepare a list of things I don’t mind having thrown at me in the future.  I also have to say that not only was Mrs. Clinton’s ability to evade the shoe attack impressive, but she displayed a marvelous sense of humor about it, as quoted by Fox News Latino:

“Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?” Clinton quipped.

After the spectacle, many in the audience of more than 1,000 people laughed and applauded as Clinton resumed her speech.

“My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial,” Clinton said. “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”

(She was speaking at a meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.)  

Actually, I think if the Cirque du Soleil decides to throw something at you, they’re probably not going to miss.  There was something else included with the shoe – a document that I at first thought might have been the missing page from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation speech, but turns out to be a little more interesting:

But while everyone is talking about the shoe, little is talked about what the woman also threw along with it: a copy of a Department of Defense document labeled confidential and dated August 1967; it referred to an operation “Cynthia” in Bolivia. Operation “Cynthia” was a Bolivian army maneuver to capture Argentinean doctor and Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Guevara was in Bolivia leading a band of guerrilla attempting to overthrow the country’s government in a revolution similar to one he participated in with Fidel Castro in the late 1950s. Bolivian forces eventually wounded and captured Guervara, who was eventually executed on October 9, 1967 on orders from Bolivian President René Barrientos.

Why the woman threw the documents is unclear. She didn’t speak to reporters or explain the action. Brian Spellacy, U.S. Secret Service supervisory special agent in Las Vegas, said the shoe hurler was being questioned and would face criminal charges. Spellacy declined to identify the woman, and he said it wasn’t immediately clear what the charges would be.

If she’s a Che Guevera fan, they could charge her with nincompoopery in the first degree.  Maybe she was trying to make a statement about the Democrats recycling Cuban economic policies.

Does anyone else find it weird that some nutball was able to get close enough to Hillary Clinton to lob a shoe at her?


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