Who throws a shoe?

Hillary Clinton dodges a flying shoe during a speech in Las Vegas
Associated Press
Apr 11, 2014


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought a bat flew past her head while giving a speech in Las Vegas. It turns out a woman threw a shoe at her.

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A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.

The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Clinton ducked, and she did not appear to be hit by the object. She then joked about it.

"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" Clinton quipped.

Many in the audience of more than 1,000 people in a large ballroom laughed and applauded as Clinton resumed her speech.

"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."

Brian Spellacy, U.S. Secret Service supervisory special agent in Las Vegas, said the woman was being questioned and would face criminal charges. Spellacy declined to identify the woman, and he said it wasn't immediately clear what the charges would be.

A black and orange shoe was recovered from the stage, Spellacy said.

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.

Rosen said the woman had walked down the aisle to within six rows of the front of the seating area, threw the items, turned around, put her hands in the air and walked toward the back of the room. Security officers quickly caught up with her.

In the hotel hallway, the middle-aged blonde woman sat calmly on a sofa, wearing a blue dress and thong sandals. She said she threw a shoe and dropped some papers, but didn't identify herself to reporters or explain the action. Security officials then ushered reporters and photographers away.

Spellacy and Mark Carpenter, spokesman for the recycling institute, said the woman wasn't a credentialed convention member and wasn't supposed to have been in the ballroom.

After her speech, Clinton answered questions posed by Jerry Simms, the outgoing chairman of the organization. Simms first offered what he called a "deepest apology for that crude interruption."

Clinton answered questions broadly, saying she felt politics today leads people to "do what they think will be rewarded."

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.

The incident reminded some of former President George W. Bush dodging two shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist during a news conference in Baghdad in December 2008. Shoe-throwing is considered an insult in Arab cultures.

Clinton, the former first lady and Democratic senator from New York, has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and appearing before key Democratic Party constituents.

During a speech in San Francisco on Tuesday, Clinton said she was seriously considering a presidential bid and all it would entail.



Someone who is very angry! Too bad it didn't hit her !

Licorice Schtick

And if she had a gun instead of shoe, would you feel the same way? Thanks for taking the standards here lower still.

Pterocarya frax...

Where is Donegan, Bottom Line and Darwin to call out Sugar for an insensitive remark?

This 7th grade girl isn't going to hold her breath waiting?

The Big Dog's back

Only us Liberals are insensitive cads.


no you liberals were insensitive when it was Bush and you all found it funny. HMMMMMM

Darwin's choice

Sugar is correct, but "what difference does it make"?

Bottom Line

You insulted and slandered someone for a "loving, selfless, good deed" such as donating an organ to a spouse. How is this similar? It's apples to oranges at best... Though I must have really struck a nerve.

Did you get dumped by a note that was passed around during study hall?

Pterocarya frax...

Insulted yes....slander, umm no. Slander is spoken, and libel is written. And good luck making what I wrote into libel.

And you did notice where I apologized for my comment, right? Instead of going that route Sugar doubled down on the hateful rhetoric, and you just continue to insult me. And that makes you better than me, how?


That "hateful rhetoric"is all true. More drama it's all drama with liberals, what if it's a gun? What if we starve without SNAP? What if we die without healthcare? What if the par caps melt? Crazy town.

The Big Dog's back

If you expect right wingnuts to acknowledge any sort of hypocrisy,forgetaboutit.

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The Hero Zone

You in fact did apologize and so far I see you've made reasonable attempts to raise the conversational bar with others. I hope that it works and will happily help support you in your efforts to keep things civil and insightful. That said, there are some people here who have accounts as entertainment outlets or sock puppets with megaphones. Not much can be done about that and I promise you'll attract the other civ'lized folk if you keep the standards up!

Pterocarya frax...

Yes...we see how well it is working.

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The Hero Zone

It takes time, stick with it. While I may be long-winded, I'll be your "Huckleberry".

Stop It

You ain't no daisy...

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The Hero Zone

Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.

(I hope others are appreciating the references!)

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Throwing a shoe is an insult. "What difference does it make"?

I think Hillary won on the insult contest.


Lol what a couple of drama queens. Frax and schtick. Hillahag is a liar, google why she was fired during Watergate and what became of her law license, a murderer, google deaths under her and The Moral Reprobate (billy)and her lies during Benghazi, a despicable amoral scum who will do and say anything to line her pockets, check out her and The Moral Reprobate's crooked foundation where they skim money, an accomplishment free woman whom believes she is an elite, who morons like you exalt. Aside from all of those hideous traits there are the more obvious , she is a doormat to The Moral Reprobate's one man WAR ON WOMEN and she is ugly as heck.


I thought in the videos of the incident I heard super host yelling "gimme my shoe"

Pterocarya frax...

Still waiting for Donegan and Darwin to show how they are above the partisan hatefulness.

Darwin's choice

What would you like, cheerleader? Do you have a chip on your shoulder you need aligned?


I am above it that is why i did not comment. Remember when G Bush had a shoe thrown at him and the Liberals cheered? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... I thought it was dumb then and dumb now. If you think to get a rise out of this you are wrong. Your a hypocrite for even commenting on this.
You are still afflicted with a mental illness and this proves it.

Pterocarya frax...

Thanks for proving my point guys.

Darwin's choice

The point you're a jerk? Don't knock on doors you don't want opened.


The penalty for throwing a shoe at you or me? Disrupting the peace or attempted assault.

Hillary Clinton - Death by electrocution.

We've got to "protect" our "national treasures", ya know.


Good point! It's similar in this state where a threat to public officials or witness such as insulting criticism posted on line merits felony intimidation charges but no charge at all if the victim is not "important".

Hillary is just more equal than you or me.

However, I did snicker at her comment about playing Softball while wearing one of her awful pantsuits. She looks like she just emerged from her closet.

Bottom Line

It's hard to respect someone who only gets their rocks off from correcting the spelling and grammer mistakes of others... especially when they're so minor.

Oh I'm sure I messed something up in there. Probably forgot a comma.

Needlessly dramatic and immature indeed.

Bottom Line


Don't want to upset you. My sincere apologies grammar didn't populate correctly on my phone. I'm sorry, ptero.

Pterocarya frax...

Aren't you a clever one...at least in your own mind.

I accept your apology for calling me a "7th grade girl", "boner", and "weasel".

Chris P. Bacon

Hey sugar!

I will sell you the rights to my username for a very modest fee.* It looks like you deserve it way more than I do.

*Offer subject to change at any time.


If your user name is an innuendo of sorts, it went right past me, you can keep it. I like bacon but I don't like people who behave like pigs. Could that be it? Pffftt


sadly, pigs have more class than most people.. not directed at anybody, just saying..


I don't see the problem. People often throw shoes at cockroaches and other nasty little critters.

Darwin's choice

So they asked me "Hillary, was it a left shoe, or a right shoe?"
I answered " Just like politics, what difference does it make?"......

Did you see her dodge the shoe? Just like she dodged that sniper-fire in the Balkans......

Dr. Information

She dodged it like she dodges Bill's cack.

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The Hero Zone

That reminds me. Say what you will about Russia, but they know how to interrupt a speech!

Kasparov interrupted by flying Penis Helicopter

(Probably safe to say this is a PG-13 video due to the...ahem..."body" of the remote helicopter flown at the speech. That said unless you have cool coworkers, you may not want to play this at work either. It's actually quite humorous to watch.)

Darwin's choice



Must have watched this before take-off......

Dr. Information

Its ok. Hillgabeast went back to here private room and had her secret woman counterpart kiss her and make it all better.


Give her four 4more times dodge. Dick Chaney dodged Vietnam 5times.

Ralph J.

That shoe thrown at Hillary had a lot of velocity to it. The woman throwing the shoe might have talent as a baseball pitcher throwing fast balls. Just for fun, there are some games online throwing shoes at Bush.


Stop It

That game is fun.


Did you hear about the woman in Houston, Texas that killed her boyfriend with a pair of stiletto high heeled shoes? Wacked him 86 times and tried to claim self defense. The jury didn't buy it.


Throwing shoes, throwing temper tantrums, shouting at the top of their lungs and bullying is all part of the M.O. of totally ignorant and stupid people. I believe they are the same people who HAVE to have firearms at their sides just like the macho idiots "defending" Clive Bundy who stole from us all for 20 years and now decides it's his constitutional right to defy paying taxes. He sounds like the big corporations!


I wish these people would be better shots with their shoes. I have heard of sticking your foot in your mouth, maybe the person was just trying to put a shoe on Hillary's foot?