Incoming! Hillary Clinton’s shoe-dodging techniques were put to the test yesterday. The former Secretary of State had a shoe whipped her way while she was speaking at a conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay casino resort. A woman has since been arrested by police in Vegas after her shoe-tossing chuck nearly missed Ms. Clinton.
According to MSN News today, which also carried video of the incident, the unnamed woman was quickly identified and ushered out of the audience. Clinton dodged the shoe, which went sailing past her head.
Clinton was the keynote speaker at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) meeting, and she was quite prepared with a pair of quips after the shoe-toss, much to the delight of the audience. After she ducked and asked if a bat had buzzed her, she realized that a shoe had been lobbed her way, landing with a clunk on the stage behind her.
“My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial,” Clinton said. “Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did.”
Mark Carpenter, a spokesperson for the recycling institute, told USA Today that the protestor was not a member of the organization, nor was she credentialed to attend the conference.
“Our staff denied her access before she later rushed past security,” Carpenter said in a statement. “An ISRI staffer then stopped her as she approached the stage. She was then handed over to law enforcement.”
Clinton has publicly said she is mulling over a 2016 presidential run, though she has yet to confirm her intent. Most political analysts think she will indeed run for the office of President. Clinton has been on tour, making paid speeches and appearances, and is releasing a new book this summer about her time spent in the State Department.
Brian Spellacy, U.S. Secret Service supervisory special agent in Las Vegas, said the woman that threw the shoe would face criminal charges, but declined to name the specific charges that would be brought against the protestor.
A black and orange shoe was recovered from the stage, Spellacy said, thought to be off of the woman’s foot. As she was being led out of the audience, she raised her hands as if in triumph. The woman threw the shoe along with some papers, which fluttered to the ground.
CBS News reported on the papers:
Ilene Rosen, the wife of a conventioneer from Denver who was seated in the second row, said she saw an orange object fly toward the stage from a side aisle and papers fluttering in the air.
An attendee later handed a reporter a piece of paper that was apparently thrown by the woman. It appeared to be a copy of a Department of Defense document labeled confidential and dated August 1967; it referred to an operation "Cynthia" in Bolivia.
Clinton’s shoe-flying incident evoked the 2008 shoe-toss when an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad pitched shoes at former President George W. Bush.