WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 – From congressional queries on Benghazi to whether she will throw her hat into the 2016 Presidential race to the speaker’s stage in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton is good at the duck and evade.
A woman was taken into federal custody after throwing a shoe at Clinton during a speech before the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay Casino resort. The former first lady and secretary of state evaded the flying object asking, “Was that a bat?”
Clinton responded with charm and humor to the incident, asking:
“Was that somebody throwing something at me; was that part of Cirque du Soleil?” before saying, “My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
Security at the Mandalay Bay casino resort ushered out the woman, who is now in federal custody. Today’s incident is not Clinton’s first “duck and evade.” In July 2012, Secretary of State Clinton’s motorcade was pelted with tomatoes and shoes during a visit to Egypt after the election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
The throwing of shoes in the Arab world is considered an insult because the shoe is seen as dirty, covered with the garbage from the street and worn on the lowest part of the body. To hit someone with a shoe, or to even show the sole of your shoe to a Muslim is a sign that you hold that person in low regard — beneath you.
Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi lofted footwear at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad when he visited Iraq in 2008, first shouting, “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog.”
The group Clinton was speaking before consisted of representatives from 1,700-plus companies that process, broker and industrially consume metals, paper, plastics, rubber, textiles, glass and electronics. Also attending the meeting was Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.
Clinton, who has said she is “thinking” about a 2016 presidential run, has been spending time making paid speeches. She is also writing a book about her time at the State Department that will be released on June 10.