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Last Friday, Sarah Palin stopped by the Old North Church in Boston and gave a brief history lesson about the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Her history was a bit off, noting that Paul Revere rode to warn the British with bells. The story made the local news in Boston and was also covered on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report.
Traditionally, the phrase is: Beware the Ides of March. But December is turning out to be an equally dangerous time for politicians. Almost exactly one year ago, US President George Bush was attacked by a pair of flying shoes in Iraq. On Sunday night in Milan, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was attacked by a flying souvenir of the city's cathedral. Mr. Bush ducked. Unfortunately, Mr. Berlusconi didn't even see his attack coming.
President Bush has had to overcome many obstacles during the past 8 years, but nobody ever expected him to have to avoid an international crisis involving flying shoes. And yet, this is the exact situation he faced on Saturday when he stood side-by-side with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to deliver his last news conference from Baghdad. An Iraqi journalist launched a pair of shoes -- reportedly a size 10 -- at the President, who deftly avoided the blow by ducking behind his podium. Watch below to see that, despite being the leader of the free world for the better part of 8 years, President Bush's reaction time is faster than ever.
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