So the President visited Iraq and was offered a pair of new shoes, or something.
What cracks me up is the near-universal inclusion of the cultural angle in the news reports. It seems like every journalist out there just had to take the opportunity to inform us culturally unenlightened yahoos that “throwing shoes as someone is considered a grave insult in the Middle East,” as if the act of chucking your Keds at somebody’s schnozz is a sign of deep and abiding affection in most other cultures.
Hell, I may just try and tell people that Germans do it all the time, as a sort of mating call when they want to have sex. (“Ve only ssrow ze shoes at people ve find, how you say, ze sexy, yes?”) That ought to provide some entertainment down the road when some “culturally enlightened” college senior goes to Europe and breaks some local girl’s nose with the sole of his size 12 Birkenstock.