While disagreeing with G.W. Bush on almost every item of policy...

By James Fallows

... I thought he showed considerable physical agility and temperamental aplomb while the shoes were coming at him yesterday. This is the kind of moment when people simply react, rather than having time to think or control their behavior. He might have been recorded forever curling up in a ball or hiding behind Maliki. He didn't. It's something. 

(Offset by the total humiliation of the episode, the reasons for Iraqi grievance, the unseemliness of physical assaults, etc etc.)

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2008/12/while-disagreeing-with-gw-bush-on-almost-every-item-of-policy/9204/