Bush's post-shoe comments

By now, everyone has seen the footage of an irate Iraqi journalist whipping his shows at President Bush. But you may not have seen his surprisingly thoughtful comments immediately afterwards:  

Impressive. Of course, one wonders why Bush's thoughts about 'free societies' was reflected exactly nowhere in his administration's policies. Via TPM.

UPDATE: A few commentators on CNN Al-Quds Al-Arabi and elsewhere are making an interesting point: would the journalist have dared even criticize Saddam Hussein, let alone throw a shoe at him. Iraq is a mess, but there are small victories, I suppose.