An audience member tossed a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech she was delivering in a Las Vegas hotel on Thursday.The former US secretary of state artfully dodged the flying object and joked with the crowd before continuing her talk.
Clinton was addressing around 1,000 people attending a metal recycling conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel when the flying footwear barely missed her head.
Hotel security personnel and the Secret Service said the female assailant was not a registered guest at the conference and had rushed past security, then moved toward the stage where Clinton was speaking.
As agents and hotel security approached the woman, she threw a shoe and was immediately taken into custody by the Secret Service, agency spokesman George Ogilvie later told reporters. It was not clear what had motivated the protester's action.
“What was that, a bat?” A stunned but witty Clinton asked after sidestepping the shoe. “Was that somebody throwing something at me? Part of Cirque de Soleil?”
As her would-be assailant was taken into custody, Clinton quipped, “My goodness, I didn’t know waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
The audience then gave Clinton a standing ovation.
In 2008 a shoe was flung at then-president George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference with the Iraqi prime minister.
Clinton, 66, is widely expected to run for US president in the 2016 elections.
Date created : 2014-04-11