Official: Iraq Reporter Detained, Others Hail Him

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) President George W. Bush says he doesn't feel insulted and doesn't blame the Iraqi government, after a TV reporter threw shoes at him in Baghdad.

The president tells ABC news, “the guy wanted to get on TV and he did.”

An official says the reporter is being interrogated over whether anybody paid him to hurl his shoes at Bush during a press conference Sunday in Baghdad. The reporter is also being tested for alcohol and drugs. The shoes are being held as evidence.

The reporter's colleagues say he was kidnapped last year by Shiite militias and released after his TV station, Al-Baghdadia, intervened.

Meanwhile, Arabs across the Middle East are hailing the shoe incident as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. President.

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