"If Saddam Hussein had been there, the man wouldn't have been released. And he probably, you know, would have been executed. It was an assault. And that's what it is. And it would be an assault to anyone. The President laughed it off. He wasn't hurt. He's very quick. As you know, he's a natural athlete. And that's it. But on the other hand, it is an assault, and I think it should be treated that way, and I think people should think of it that way. [As] bad as the incident is, it is an indication of progress. It is a sign that Iraqis feel a lot freer to express themselves."
- First Lady Laura Bush on the shoe-throwing incident involving President Bush