It's hard also not to praise the brave Iraqi journalist who has suffered much at the decisions this president has made and expressed himself so eloquently by throwing his shoes at Bush yesterday. I feel sorry for the few who were in some way injured in the demonstration of free speech, but there's that part of me that wishes the guy had better aim. The presidency should be respected, but Bush the man deserves all the contempt that this act exemplified.
It's Bush's comments afterwards speaking about the right to voice dissent as a way perhaps educate the Iraqi's about free speech that really galls.
In his eight years as Der Decider he has not faced dissent. He set up "Free Speech" zones well removed from his presence, for anyone who wasn't hand picked to attend his rallies. He turned a blind eye for years as he drove by in his armor plated, bullet proof, paid for by the taxpayers, limousine; a Blue Star mother wanting to know why her son died at the hands of Al Sadr's militia and we were supporting the man. There has never been a president so removed from all voices of opposition and dissent than this man: JUST WHO THE HELL IS HE TO LECTURE ANYONE ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH!