Latin American Leaders Find Shoe-icide Attack on Bush Hysterical

And we can't lie, so do we! According to Reuters, at a meeting of Latin American political leaders held this week in Brazil, the jokes (not the shoes) were flying.

"Please, nobody take off your shoes," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva quipped at the start of a news conference on Wednesday. "In this heat, if anybody takes off their shoes, we'll know right away because of the smell," continued Lula, garnering laughter from both the reporters and politicians present.

Earlier this week during a news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Iraqi reporter Muntader al-Zaidi hurled his shoes at President Bush, while shouting in Arabic "This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog." In Middle Eastern culture, throwing your shoes at someone is considered to be the ultimate insult.

Lula kept the joke going all day long, threatening to throw his shoe at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has a reputation of giving long-winded speeches, if he went over his allotted speaking time.

The media quickly dubbed the attack a "shoe-icide mission" and the incident has since stirred protests, with thousands taking to the streets of Iraq demanding the release of al-Zaidi.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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