Is this one of those strange Middle Eastern customs?

So President Bush is in Iraq today, and during a press conference he was apparently assaulted by a reporter who threw his shoes at the President.

Something tells me that the Secret Service might have responded a wee bit more “assertively” had that happened with an American reporter here in the USA.

P.S. I’m not as big of a smart-aleck as some of my co-contributors, so I’m opening this one up for shoe jokes.