Yesterday’s shoe attack on Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas, while a bit less dramatic than George W. Bush’s close encounter with footwear, was probably the most exciting thing to ever happen at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting. Now we have the instant replay, for supporters to use as a metaphor for her political agility and resilience, and detractors as an illustration of her polarizing nature, or just to laugh at.
“What was that, a bat? Was that a bat?” Clinton gasped after ducking (it’d already missed). “Was that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” In a twist, the perpetrator was a woman.
“My goodness, I didn’t know that solid-waste management was so controversial,” said Clinton. “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
The shoes recovered show premeditation: a black-and-orange one was recovered from the stage, the AP reports:
In the hotel hallway, the middle-aged blonde woman sat calmly on a sofa, wearing a blue dress and thong sandals. She said she threw a shoe and dropped some papers, but didn’t identify herself to reporters or explain the action. Security officials then ushered reporters and photographers away.
TMZ has another angle:
And for the memories: