And this just in -- the new number one video clip of 2008 will shortly become the above clip of the televised incident earlier today in which George W. Bush, during a press conference from his unannounced visit to Iraq, had a pair of Size 10 black leather shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi TV journalsit. Bush reacted instantly, ducking and avoiding being hit by either shoe, but clearly he was as surprised as everyone else in the room.
Now, if you have been watching TV or have been online on news sites over the past few hours you will undoubtedly have seen this gripping piece of footage, but over the next few days & weeks you can be sure it will fast become the number one most replayed video of 2008 online as well as on TV. I bet that during all the year end wrap up shows on television it will upstage every other video clip of the past year -- one rich in symbolic eye catching stories, including even Sarah Palin's Thanksgiving Turkey clip.
In the meantime it will no doubt fuel editorial rantings from the likes Bill O'Reilly on one side as well as the legions of Dubya haters on the other side for some time. Furthermore, this incident will forever mark or bookend the last days of the Bush presidency in the history books unless something else even more shocking happens to, or is brought about by, Bush before he leaves office.
Additonally, It will also undoubtedly inspire conspiracy theories galore. For starters, in Arab culture the sole of a shoe is the ultimate insult. The above picture, courtesy of the TImes in London, is of a Shia protester last month striking an image of President Bush with his shoe as an expression of contempt during a rally in central Baghdad. Plenty to go on there, but some will take it further. Some conspiracy theorists will dwell on the meaning of the size of the shoe or the color of the shoes or the order (left, right) in which they were thrown.
The audio of this event will be sampled in music too. In fact, in the above news report by MSNBC when the female announcer says, "One of the journalist jumps up," it totally reminds me of the the news report sample used by Steinski in the eighties cut-n-paste song "The Motorcade Sped On" about the assasination of JFK which is included in the CD Steinski: What does it all mean: 1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art), released earlier this year and available at Amoeba Music.