Forget the Shoe Thrower?

So says the State Department:

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack politely scolded the media for reporting on the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush. “You guys make decisions about what you cover,” he said, claiming that in 50 years, history is not likely to recall the shoe-throwing incident:

McCORMACK: Well, look, you guys make decisions about what you cover. I suspect – just a guess – that three, four, five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years from now that the fact of the President making that visit under those circumstances will probably overshadow any memory of this particular gentleman and what he did.

Q: That’s a pretty – that’s a pretty interesting prediction.

McCORMACK: Come back to me in 50 years; we can talk about it.

Q: Would you care to bet? (Laughter.)

McCORMACK: Try and collect on it 50 years from now. (Laughter.)

Obviously this is pretty absurd. The President of the United States had 2 shoes hurled at his head. That’s not something people forget, that’s something that becomes the iconic image of your administration. And in all seriousness, I think this probably supplanted the Mission Accomplished flight suit incident as the picture we’ll most remember Bush for in 30-50 years. It’s just that unprecedented. So Bush has that going for him, sort of.

On the other hand, this also highlights how incredibly bad the White House press operation has been over the last 2-3 years. And that’s incredibly odd, given how good they were during the first term and, especially, during the 2004 campaign. But it’s like the first team of GOP operatives completely bailed on Bush after the disastrous 2005 year, and all he was left with were the sort of press flacks who can’t come up with a better answer than to assert that people are actually going to forget that the fucking President had a pair of shoes angrily flung at the lump on his shoulders. Which is sort of sad.