Unless you've been living in a cave for the last couple of days, you're aware of President Bush's less-than-successful farewell tour through Iraq. While addressing the Iraqi press corps, one irate journalist protested the U.S. invasion by tossing both of his shoes at the President, who managed to duck them with the skill of the Artful Dodger. Although no one can take much pleasure in seeing an American President humiliated on foreign soil, Bush's reaction to the incident was bizarre, to say the least. Among the words he used to describe the shoe-toss melee was "interesting" and said he did not feel offended by the man's actions! Despite the fact that his legacy rests entirely on his Mid East policies, the President also seemed ignorant of the fact that throwing a shoe at someone in that part of the world is the ultimate sign of disgust. Bush said, "So, somebody threw a shoe at me...", oblivious to the fact that the choice of objects to toss wasn't random. The President sounded as though the guy might just as easily have thrown a vintage Abba album at him if it was handy. In any event, it didn't take long before the spoof masters took advantage of the incident to create a memorable video in which the President stars with The Three Stooges. Click here to view.
Japanese release of Shirley Bassey's smash hit title song from Goldfinger
Harry Saltzman was a world-class producer who knew a great deal about how to make financial blockbusters, but when it came to soundtracks to his own films, he had a tin ear. The HMSS Weblog has an interesting story about how Saltzman tried to veto the theme songs from Goldfinger, Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever. The article includes interesting clips from a UK documentary about the Bond soundtracks. Click here to view.