Tina K. Russell

December 20, 2008

Footwear and its trajectory

Letters – When a President Is Treated With Disrespect – NYTimes.com
I’m appalled that Arabs are celebrating the act of a disrespectful Iraqi journalist directed at a president of the United States. If an Arab leader were treated with such disdain in the United States, the Arab world would react violently against all Americans.

That’s an amazingly dumb statement! Let me unpack it.

  1. Wait a second, we’re required to look at all leaders the same? The difference with President Bush is that they hate him. I don’t condone throwing footwear at world leaders, but you have to admit he’s a man after many people’s own hearts. (This journalist—and yes, journalists should not be inserting themselves, or their shoes, into their stories this way—reminds me of the old woman who took a hammer to a Comcast call center. I don’t condone what she did, but man, she did something many of us wish we could have done ourselves. They’re both proxies for our very real frustrations.)
  2. Um, you do realize that Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, was an outright jerk to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visited in 2007? There wasn’t a violent uprising, then (of course, part of that might have to do with the fact that Moodly-Bob isn’t very popular back home, either).  Ahmadinejad is a nutcase and a horrible man, to be sure, but Bollinger was both being a jerk to a visiting head of state and possessed none of the underdog status or the truth-to-power element of the shoe-tossing journalist. (He also endangered any future opportunities for students to get to see visiting heads of state, a valuable opportunity even—or perhaps especially—when these leaders are reprehensible.) You should really check these things, sometimes.

I think this argument boils down to “if things were different, wouldn’t they be different?”, which is not an argument I’m fond of. It’s like saying, why are you cheering that your home football team won? You’d be angry if the other team won. Stupid, stupid.



  1. after inviting anyone and then insulting is really very bad, but my quextion is ‘reakky was Bush invited? invite that public does not like or want? does really Iraqis wanted Busg to attack Iraq? the shoe actually reflects whole worlds hateness for Bush, nit respect

    Comment by rana — December 22, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  2. Excuse the fuck out of me but rude is bombing the shit out of another’s country so Americans can drive as much and as far as they want. Anyone here ever heard of “walking in another’s shoes?” How would you feel if it was our elite, privileged country that was being occupied? el Zaidi is being punished for having the courage and the honesty the rest of us wish we had. For that, i would offer him the highest medal of honor for personal courage.

    Comment by rand — December 27, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  3. HA HA HA, what a drama serial of Bush! Actualy why he is doing so much labour to tell lie! He can directly say that “you wish or not, all is mine :p”.
    First afganistan was terror(I dont know who is terror now on there),then Iraq(there too), And now Pointing to pakistan (one day after attack they will say opps! our bird Bin-Laden slipped away again),
    Who can say one day they will not say India and China are also terrorist! Only we and our friend Israel are good and safe,becouse we have nuclear bomb(+secret torture cell) on our hand, and those who havnt it are real terror 😛
    what a drama serial man :P:P:P

    Comment by rana — April 29, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  4. :):):):):)hey guys suppose Im Iran
    I have a nuclear bomb, and im gonna give it away coz its gonna blow (i cant control it man)
    and I think Im the smartest of all coz after leaving the bomb Israel gonna be kiss me(–),USA gonna love me,
    but dont make tention about Israels bomb, dont tention about Koreas bomb, dont tention about USA’s dozen n dozen bomb becouse they are safe:P:P:P:P

    Comment by rana — April 29, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  5. thank you tina for giving us the chance to express ourself, you are really kind, you are better than those coward muslims who are afraid to speak loudly the truth, or those Americans who actually does not understand the situalion over there.thanks n thanks

    Comment by rana — April 29, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

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