The Washington Times - December 16, 2008, 06:29AM

Critics are berating the Secret Service for allowing an Iraqi journalist to throw both of his shoes at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

After all, they make you take off your shoes at the airport, don’t they? Why can’t they do the same thing at a presidential press conference? Or anywhere the president is going to make an appearance?

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The president attends a college commencement — and everybody takes off their shoes.

The president attends a state funeral — and everybody takes off their shoes.

The president attends a $2,500-a-plate fundraising dinner — and everybody keeps theirs shoes on. You don’t want see somebody’s Dr. Scholls when you’re eating dinner.  And at $2,500-a-plate, you get to wear what you want.