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A man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. (AP Photo/APTN)

Some moments are tailor-made for "1,000 Words". And, if you are confused about what is being shown in the image above, you officially live under a rock.

Offer your most creative caption to the photo in the comments section. We'll pluck a few highlights and feature them in a post of their own later this week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 16, 2008; 3:25 PM ET
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"Looks Like A Pump, Feels Like a Sneaker"

Posted by: jelliotb | December 18, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

My affectation are towards Dorothy Parker.

This-here below affects Ogden Nash :
The Flying Shoe flies; and, having flit, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out the Smell of it

Posted by: seemstome | December 17, 2008 11:36 PM |

Posted by: abovetheassault | December 17, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

This may be the only thing Bush has done right in his Presidency, ducking a thrown shoe.

Posted by: dvbjo | December 17, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

The Flying Shoe flies; and, having flit, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out the Smell of it

Posted by: seemstome | December 17, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

George Bush has fulfilled his promise to be a uniter, to bring people together in a common purpose. No matter where you are in the world, whatever your station in life, we all now share this belief: George Bush is an detestable idiot.
We all threw that shoe.

Posted by: seemstome | December 17, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Is shoe is or is shoe ain't ever gonna leave us in peace?

Posted by: bschratwieser | December 17, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Gracefully ducking out...

Posted by: hollodonius | December 17, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This shoe is for Goodbye
And this shoe is Farewell
And this shoe is not to die
For in heaven but in hell.

Posted by: par12 | December 17, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, easy man. I didn't mean to send them there to be killed. I said "I AM SORRRRRRY"". I didn't mean...hey stop kill them all. I was trying to free them. Are you done? Jeeez.
For crying out loud.

Posted by: par12 | December 17, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Strike Three! You're Out!

Posted by: cjprentiss | December 17, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Take this shoe and this sandal you M..blurp F..blurp and eat them.

And don't you ever show your face here again for slaughtering my innocent countrymen and women or else we will F..blurp you and send you to Jehina to roast.

Posted by: par12 | December 17, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

But seriously, I just read the reporter/protester, 28-year old Muntadar Zaidi, has "a broken arm and ribs, and cuts to his eye and arm,” his brother Durgham Zaidi said.

Torture? Police brutality? No surprises there.

At least his family knows where he is being held.

Posted by: Al_Dr | December 17, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

My personal top 10 list:

Another member of the lap-dog media files his report on the Iraq visit by Bush

Bush: "We should really have MORE boots on the ground."

Bush 'soled' out US troops in empire quest

Bush: "Ten."
Iraqi Journalist: "One follow-up question. Mr. President, is that your shoe size or your IQ?"

Loafer thrown at loafer

Shoe bomber strikes again

President receives gifts from Iraqi people

Bush: "What's this?"
Iraqi citizen: "The BOOT!"

"But Acting-President Cheney said we'd be greeted as liberators and showered with flower petals!?!"

"That's NOT pie!"

Posted by: Al_Dr | December 17, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

one SOLE wants to give one HEEL the BOOT.

Posted by: feebee3 | December 17, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The visit was a goddam insult to any soldier who had given what he had as an American in the field there.
This is mild to what I expected and what I expected was something from the American soldier.
Therefore it could have been a psycholigical initiative from someone thinking like me and seeing the deflationary aspect of an installation of action like this.
Who can account for a sense of humour?
Some of the above responses are the best reading in eight years.
Nah, make that .....

Posted by: abovetheassault | December 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"With Dick as my Veep, my life depended on having terrific reflexes - remember, he shoots people in the face. This projectile was a mere shoe"

Posted by: Murali2 | December 17, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President: The shoe does NOT fit!

Posted by: DodgingBullets | December 17, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The kick is's no good, off to the left.

Posted by: StevefromSacto | December 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

If the shoe fits.........

Posted by: ujactor | December 17, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

In preparing for his new life as an assitant to a knife thrower, President Bush employs the help of local journalists. They felt for safety reasons, it was best to start with shoes.

Posted by: armyspouse | December 17, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"This one is for the mothers, fathers, wives, children, brothers and sisters of the 4,200+ soldiers whose lives you threw away to satisfy your ego"!

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 17, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"OK, Jeb, I'll endorse you for Senate, just don't throw any more shoes a me.."

Posted by: JEP7 | December 17, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Some Iraq are now taking stronger action to gain control of their country and expel those responsible for years of destructive violence.

Posted by: mduffy2dmg | December 17, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Bush's best dodge since his Vietnam era military "service"

Posted by: SnowCamp | December 17, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

President Bush 'Shoe-d' out of Iraq.

(C'mon, I can't believe no one's gone for this yet!)

Posted by: moov | December 17, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

1. Nyah, nyah you missed!

Posted by: pianoboy456 | December 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Bush: A little high, but fast and straight - we'll find him a spot on the pitching roster for the Texas Rangers

Posted by: deden53 | December 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

After Bush's near miss with freedom hating shoes, the president chose immediate action over soul searching. Press Secretary Dana Perino imposed a no flying shoe zone in the White House Press Briefing Room. Before entering the Briefing Room, journalists must double tie their shoe laces. Journalists must ask permission to retie laces while in the Briefing Room. In the event a journalist should make sudden movements toward his shoe, his action will be construed as an imminent threat toward the President. The offending party will be taken to the Briefing Room Detention Center or mini-Gitmo.

Posted by: smmsanders | December 17, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

One if by Land, Two if by Sea...

Posted by: RJD1 | December 17, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Just a bit outside!

Posted by: Honus | December 17, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

One shoe?

Two Shoes?

Nay, a hundred million and more shoes from almost all Americans with a brain who know you can't soft sell your mistakes on your final "victory lap" tour!!!

You putz!

Posted by: mrjids | December 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Maliki: Oh what I wouldn't give for the tranquilized American press corps.

Bush: Don't worry Nouri, after eight years of hunting with Cheney this ain't nuttin.

Posted by: caribis | December 17, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Duck, duck, this goose is cooked!

Posted by: singleka | December 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"The Shoe seen around the world"

Posted by: ddeangelo2006 | December 17, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If the shoe hits, you must acquit

Posted by: MikefromMadison | December 17, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Two shoes for a dollar!
Hit the president and
Win a Dick Cheney doll!

All profits benefit the Bush library.

Posted by: ducbil | December 17, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

A soleful goodbye


The reason everyone has to take their shoes off when they enter the White House.

Posted by: mjhinds | December 17, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"I like the color, but they're a little tight. Do you have anything in a size 11?"

Posted by: jelliotb | December 17, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Shoe Fly Pie, Shoe Fly By.

Posted by: cjprentiss | December 17, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Shoe Fly Pie, Shoe Fly By.

Posted by: cjprentiss | December 17, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Today the Defense Department has announced a multi-billion dollar weapons development and acquisition program to deter flying IFDs (Improvised Footwear Devices). Speaking off the record, officials at the Pentagon noted that if taxpayers would "foot" the bill, the program would "pump" needed funds into the economy while giving the "boot" to these "heels" whose "sole" purpose is to "(insole)t." Our president should never again be threatened by a "wingtip" and a prayer. When asked if the program would face cost overruns, the spokesman guaranteed that the Pentagon would "toe" the line and promised that they would not take a "shine" to any "loafers" among the bidders, offering that attempts to "clog" the acquisition program with waste would be "rebuffed."

Posted by: optimyst | December 17, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"President Bush is seen engaged in a reflexive and soleful exchange with the Iraqi press."

Posted by: Thatsnuts | December 17, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I haven't had a press conference this ugly since Helen Thomas.

Posted by: seemstome | December 17, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: anysomebody | December 17, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

I've been dodging stuff my whole life, you think that a shoe is gonna get me?

Posted by: rosenblj | December 17, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Lame ducking George W. Bush suvives ashoeinaton attempt...pitcher will be demoted to Bagdad's AAA afiliate in Basrah.

Posted by: allen13 | December 17, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Oops, messed up. I should have written that Muntathar al Zaidi works for a Cairo TV station, and not a Cairo newspaper.

Posted by: armpeg | December 17, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

The only ones who would applaud the shoe throwers actions, are Americas enemies, both in the Mideast and the fifth columnists who today call themselves Americas liberals. Had Muntathar al Zaidi thrown his shoes at Saddam Hussain, we'd never have heard from al Zaidi again. The very fact that he could do what he did in present-day Iraq without getting killed, is proof that President George W. Bush did the right thing by ousting Saddam Hussain and the Iraqi's are better off than they were. It's interesting that Muntathar al Zaidi works for a very anti--American Cairo newspaper that has been pro-Palestinian Hamas and also has been very supportive of Osama bin Laden in the past. Also interesting is the fact that he hired the same lawyer that defended Saddam Hussain in his trial before the Iraqi court for human rights violations. No wonder Americas enemies love this guy.

Posted by: armpeg | December 17, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

al-Maliki: "A shoe? Your going to throw something at George Bush and the best thing you can come up with is your footwear?"

Posted by: outoforder999 | December 17, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Though the event was very disrespectful, it highlights the transformation of a people from opressive dictatorship to a free society. The praise for this man is tainted by the proganda machines of middle eastern dictatorial regimes in which an a act like this (throw a shoe at President Mubarak, King Abdullah, etc..) would LITERALLY cost them there lives. This is about as funny as the nude men arrested for streaking in front of Queen Elizabeth.

Posted by: star_key2 | December 16, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"maybe we could switch places"....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 16, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: seemstome | December 16, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: seemstome | December 16, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse





If Obama is disqualifed from taking office on account of being born in Keyna or being an INDONESIAN CITIZEN, can Obama take his seat back in the Senate? Sort of will solve two issues at once, huh?





Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 16, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

To 37thandORulesForever |

The election's over, get a friggin' life.

Posted by: seemstome | December 16, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Grasshopper Bush proves his mastery over the deadly Mesopotamian Art of Kung-Shoe.

Posted by: seemstome | December 16, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse





"I have not confirmed that it was accurate"

Obama wants to keep everyone in the dark.

Why are Obama's people investigating themselves???

Is this a joke - sound like Nixon running the investigation of himself. This whole Obama operation is looking more and more like a bad version of Nixon - complete with attempts to silence critics on the internet.





Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 16, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Bush is introduced to the Iraqi sport of lame duck hunting. Fortunately he has recently been on an outing with a drunken Dick Cheney and reacts instantly.

Posted by: seemstome | December 16, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

That man who tossed two shoes made a powerful political statement without hurting anyone. I hope the world and the Nobel Prize Committee notices. What keeps striking me is how the man's statement resonates, combined with how nonviolent his statement was.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 16, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The shoe thud heard 'round the world.

Posted by: prmontefusco | December 16, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

new security measure - no loafers and double knots for everyone

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | December 16, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Still dodging after all these years.

Posted by: bexis | December 16, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The latest to abandon President Bush in the administration's waning days: Bush's black soul, seen here exiting his body at a Baghdad press conference.

Posted by: john131 | December 16, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

think about how funny it would have been if he actualy got hit by the shoes.

Posted by: laziboi72 | December 16, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I expect that pro journalists are barred from winning the prize in this competition.

Nevertheless, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Rogers wins my vote for best caption:


The accompanying graphic is here
or here

That link will probably only be good till midnight (when he puts up his next cartoon).

Posted by: officermancuso | December 16, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

New rules for Bush's presidential press conferences: No shoes are allowed inside. While we are at it please wash your feet thoroughly before you enter.

Posted by: ere591 | December 16, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Please accept this token of my gratitude.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 16, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

See, I told you.... greeted like liberators.

Posted by: msheik2 | December 16, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Al-Maliki: "They told me he couldn't miss from that range."

Posted by: BPINZ | December 16, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I still can't believe none of the secret service agents were willing to take a shoe for the president.

Posted by: freedom41 | December 16, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Bush: "Yes, I dodged it! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!"

Posted by: Jorge-GTown98 | December 16, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If the shoe fits, wear it!

Posted by: rmorris391 | December 16, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

You charged me that much for this lousy shoeshine?

Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 16, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Bush calls for more feet on the ground.

Posted by: hjackson05 | December 16, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

When you look up "The Other Shoe Dropping" in the dictionary, this is the photo you will see.

Posted by: cerys77 | December 16, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I wanna vote for the "dodge Vietnam".

Posted by: linda_521 | December 16, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

And so began the new Iraqi national sport of Bush-Whacking.

Posted by: nodebris | December 16, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"I guess they're still upset about the Sammy Sosa trade."

Posted by: sambatkins | December 16, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

No thanks, friend - I remembered both the right AND the left this morning!

Posted by: gripstand | December 16, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Paraphrasing Bob Uecker (aka Harry Doyle) in Major League: "Juuuuust a bit inside. He tried for the corner and missed."

Posted by: BillSwinford | December 16, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

al-Maliki: "No, no, gentlemen. I said he needs to get a CLUE."

Posted by: nodebris | December 16, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Lame Duck? Ah'd say ah ducked that'um purdy gud!"

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 16, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Shoe flies... that bothers me

Posted by: brigham_in_Houston | December 16, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"He wanted to get on the news, and he's a shoe in," Bush quipped.

Posted by: plathman | December 16, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Using skills carefully honed during eight years of dodging law, logic, responsibility, reason, and reality, President Bush easily ducks a shoe.

Posted by: nodebris | December 16, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Miss me, miss me now you gotta kiss me!"

Posted by: andygoldman | December 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, Dick said they'd be throwing FLOWERS!!"

Posted by: nodebris | December 16, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

These boots were made for tossin'...

Posted by: jps78 | December 16, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

No lame duck can duck like this lame duck can duck.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 16, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

In a misguided attempt to use his language skills, President Bush's statement of "Viva Zapato" elicited a strange response.

Posted by: agitpropigation | December 16, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To avoid the shoe, President Bush briefly transported himself to BushWorld: an alternate universe where the US economy is booming, the Iraq War was an unquestioned success, and he is beloved worldwide as the greatest public figure since 1982 Michael Jackson.

Posted by: tben | December 16, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

al-Maliki: Honestly! Who throws a Shoe?
W: HeHe, I love Austin Powers...

Posted by: 37thandZero | December 16, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Local man protests Bush's controversial move to bailout Footlocker."

Posted by: cprach | December 16, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

They made me take of my shoe to get through security, but then they let me keep it!

That will teach them!

Posted by: mathmike | December 16, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I haven't dodged anything this well since Vietnam!

Posted by: corybharris | December 16, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"White House mandates that journalists will go barefoot for all future press conferences."

Posted by: lcaviness9 | December 16, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 16, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thinking that Bush will soon be returning to his old job in Texas, a member of the Iraqi media makes a pitch for a relief spot with the Rangers.

Posted by: GoodGovtGuy | December 16, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know WMD's smelled like feet?

Posted by: Tiki79 | December 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ljenny | December 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why Cheney told me not to order the fillet of sole.

Posted by: tobetv | December 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wish Shoe Were Here!

Posted by: galvetraz | December 16, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"It's gonna take something larger than a size ten to hit my teeny weenie little head, Mr. Iraqi Reporter!!!"

Posted by: rfpiktor | December 16, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Bush: Apparently that guy didn't like my endorsement of Adidas. Must have been a Reebok fan.

Posted by: JoeBowen | December 16, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Caption "Ducking Responsibility Again"

Posted by: Margaret13 | December 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

How about:

'It didn't hit a vital part, just my head' [I know he missed, more's the pity!]


'Who the bleep cares what a reporter thinks'???

Posted by: sverigegrabb | December 16, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Later, of course, it will come to light that the supposed "shoe" was actually a sandal whose risque photos have been seen on several gay footwear Web sites.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | December 16, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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