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Time To Ban Shoes At News Conferences

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 8:44 AM

Our predilection for a world with padded corners is turning us into occupants of a padded room.

But, seeing as I didn't grow up with a habit for shooting people in the face with a shotgun, despite years of watching Elmer Fudd do so to Daffy Duck, never tried jumping out a window to fly like Superman, or imitate the Three Stooges, I can only conclude that we're not teaching our children the basics of reality vs. play.

It seems our default response is to ban things, post police officers, search lockers, and invent cell phones that track their owners.

And we wonder why our children don't respect us.

Okay, I"m as puzzled as the next person as to why Blair House - the traditional residence of the President-elect prior to his inauguration - is not available for Barack Obama and his family until January 15.

The White House says there are receptions and events planned for the location. The Obamas had hoped to move in so that the girls could begin attending their new school after the Christmas break.

So, George W. Bush continues his legacy-building tour, making a stop in Iraq to schmooze with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Then, when they pause to take questions, an Iraqi journalist lobbed his shoes at Mr. Bush.

Bush shrugged it off with his usual obliviousness and self-deprecating head wobbles.

White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino was said to have been hit in the face with one of the shoes, though I'm not sure how that happened unless several people chose to follow suit.

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