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.)
Watch it (beginning at the 8:30 mark):