Shoe Thrown at Iran President in Cairo

Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian President to visit Egypt since Tehran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo yesterday to talk about the Syrian revolution and the relationship between their two countries.  Things turned ugly outside the Al-Hussein mosque when, according to NBC News, a bearded Syrian man belonging to the Sunni Salafist movement threw his shoe at Ahmadinejad. The man shouted, “You killed our brothers!” and was immediately detained.  Ahmadinejad, a Shiite, is the first Iranian President to visit Egypt since Tehran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

The episode immediately calls into mind a similar attack in 2008 on President George W. Bush.  While at a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Bush dodged two shoes thrown by Muntazer al-Zaidi, a television journalist.  Before he was detained, Al-Zaidi yelled, “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!”

View TIME’s 2008 Photo Essay “Aftermath of a Shoe Attack” here.

10 comments
BussySignal
BussySignal

that shoe  was no nike shoe nike should sponsor the next attack for the perfect hit!

awp2ill4u
awp2ill4u

Ha I remember when bush had a shoe thrown at him, that guy got 3 years and no bail.  These Egyptians are all ready out on bail.  what a bizarro world I live in!

MrObvious
MrObvious

I hope it was a smelly shoe. Shoot him up in space already and save the smarter primates (Monkeys) for something vital.

Counter-revolutionary
Counter-revolutionary

Shame he missed, should have had the shoe-bomber done the job???!! Whoops!! that guy missed too. We need some professional pitcher for the job.

sacredh
sacredh

What struck me (no pun intended) was how close the crowd was allowed to get. That's insane.

sacredh
sacredh

It looked like a 10 EE.

sacredh
sacredh

Was the shoe returned? Where's the love?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Agreed.  Where's the Secret Service when you need it??

sacredh
sacredh

The shoe must go on. Oh God. I've been reduced to this.