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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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The guy who tossed not one, but two shoes at President Bush in Iraq gave us something we don't get to see very often.

First the funny, since most things are funny to me. Did you see the President's reaction after he artfully dodged the first shoe? If this still isn't registering, you've only recently crawled out from under a rock. Here's a link to some of the most memorable video of the year.

So anyway, back to the funny. I mean, the President ducked the first shoe, and popped right back up. That look was if to say, "Hey fella... you missed me!" Then shoe number two is on the way, dodged again, "Heh, heh... missed again partner. That all you got?"

Will Farrell... please, please, please visit Saturday Night Live this week and do this skit! Please!

Okay... then reality sinks in, and you realize just how vulnerable even the most heavily guarded man can be. Even the President's worst critics cannot argue harm coming to him is good for anyone. Regardless of your politics, the man is the President of the United States. It was frightening to see that someone who wished the President harm could get that close... and get two shoes off before the Secret Service even began to approach the podium.

So we have the funny and the frightening. Here's what's fascinating about an incident such as that. The shoe throwing incident gave us something we don't get to see very often, well, aside from the obvious. No, we don't get to see shoes tossed at the leader of any nation, much less the U.S. very often. But that's not what I'm talking about.

We got to see the President of the United States in an unscripted, unrehearsed, and unplanned moment. The Presidency is completely and totally deliberate. Every appearance is planned. Every word is scripted, with the exception of those that cannot be. Those words are highly rehearsed. You virtually never get to see the President even move in an unexpected manner, much less show off his quick reflexes, and then his quick wit.

The President later quipped that the shoe tossed his way was a size 10. He even told a group of reporters following the incident, "I don't know what the guy said, but I saw his sole."



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