Iranian President and aspiring astronaut Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt today, becoming the first Iranian president to visit Egypt since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Egypt has not gone so well, as he was lectured by a Sunni Cleric, mobbed by aggressive glad-handers, and had someone else throw a shoe at him.
There were conflicting reports about who threw the offending footwear, as a local Turkish outlet originally stated that he was “physically assaulted” by an angry Syrian citizen. Then Luke Russert said that NBC had a report of four Sunni Salafist men being arrested for the attack. Finally, a video surfaced that showed a shoe thrower not really coming that close to Ahmadinejad. It’s not quite the Iraqi journalist who launched two shoes at President George W. Bush at a press conference four years ago, but, really, everyone in this shot is probably closer than anyone should be able to get in public to a world leader with a lot of enemies:
Ahmadinejad was leaving a historic mosque in Cairo, where earlier he and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, who runs the 1,000-year-old “seat of religious teaching.” According to Reuters, Al-Tayeb, who is Sunni Muslim, “scolded” the head of the Shiite country for interfering in other Arab states and rejected Iran’s attempt to influence matters in Sunni-majority nations.
It’s not the first time someone’s thrown their sole at this R-sole.
But if the shoe fits…