Soon to be ex-President G.W. Bush wrapped up what was supposed to be, in the minds of the few that still support him, his crowning farewell trip to the Middle East by providing the world with what will undoubtedly be the most played seconds of video since the Zapruder JFK film. The "goodbye kisses" compliments of Al-Baghdadiya TV reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi.
Initially, I have to admit, I did see humour in the event and the lame way Bush tried to brush it off: "so what if someone threw a shoe at me ?"
In time, though, the humourous aspect will fade and the event will be seen as symbolic of the Bush reign. The tough guy Texan whose reaction to 9-11 was to use it as an excuse to invade Iraq, sort the world into "friendlies" and "evils", and damn the consequences, being subjected to something as bizarre (to us in the west) and insulting (to those in the mid east).
Sometimes the defining image of a failed campaign or event is media driven, (well, okay this sort of was in that it was a member of the media that threw them), like Joe Clark waiting for his lost luggage at an airport in the Middle East or Stanfield, after successfully catching a number of passes, being shown dropping the ball.
Sometimes the defining image is self inflicted:
It's fitting, I feel, that one of the most defining images of Bush was delivered by a mostly unheard of, middle class Iraqi.