Hillary Clinton dodged a shoe that was thrown at her during her keynote speech as she spoke in front of more than 1,000 persons at a Las Vegas convention on Thursday. The former first lady as well as former secretary of state was obviously surprised at the incident, yet made a couple of jokes that received applause from those in attendance. According to a Yahoo! News report on Friday morning, Hillary Clinton went on with her prepared remarks at the Mandalay Bay resort, but not before commenting on the shoe-throwing.
Clinton asked, “Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?” Cirque de Soleil is a series shows along the Las Vegas Strip that spotlights acrobats and magic performances.
Clinton continued her message for the audience in which she asserted that there is an atmosphere and attitude in politics which rewards inflexibility and extremism. She went on to say that this is not the way democracy is supposed to work.
Of the shoe-throwing culprit, a woman was taken away by federal authorities after having admitted that she threw the shoe at Clinton. She did not identify herself or explain her actions to the police. The woman was described as a middle-aged blonde who wore a blue dress and thong sandals. She got up to a roped area within the first six aisles of the stage when she flung an orange gym shoe with papers that fluttered in the air at Mrs. Clinton. After the shoe-throwing, the woman put her hands up in the air and calmly walked up the aisle toward the back of the room. She was immediately approached by security officers.
Spokespersons for the recycling institute that hosted the event say that the woman wasn’t a convention member with credentials and was not supposed to have been in the ballroom where the speech was given by Clinton.
The piece of paper that the woman threw with the shoe was described as a declassified copy of a Department of Defense document marked confidential. It was dated August 1967 and made reference to a Bolivian Army operation titled “Cynthia” in Bolivia.
In parts of the world throwing a shoe at someone is an Arabic insult. President George W. Bush narrowly missed being hit by two shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist as he spoke at a news conference in Baghdad in December of 2008.
The charges the woman will face in the shoe-throwing incident involving Clinton are unknown – but there will be charges against her.
As for Clinton, she is traveling across the nation, giving speeches for money to industry organizations while appearing in front of Democratic Party constituents.