Hillary Clinton’s brush with flying footwear yesterday got us thinking about great shoes of political history. (Oh, just shut up and go with it.)
Naturally, we all went to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on his delegate desk at the United Nations in 1960; we were stunned to find out that there is neither film footage nor a photograph of this moment. (No, he didn’t wield the shoe during his “We will bury you” speech at the podium, of which footage exists.)
Another reporter suggested the Imelda Marcos shoe collection, circa 1986.
President George W. Bush showed quick reflexes in December 2008 by dodging shoes hurled by an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was the target in October 2010:
In October 2011, Egyptians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square held their shoes aloft in protest as Hosni Mubarak gave a speech:
Likewise in a January 2012 protest against German president Christian Wulff in Berlin:
And that brings us to yesterday’s moment as Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Las Vegas: