What Is the Reason Behind Dana Perino's Infamous Black Eye in 2008?

Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino suffered a black eye in 2008 as the result of being an innocent bystander in an infamous shoe-throwing incident. Iraqi television correspondent Muntadhar al-Zaidi hurled the shoes as President George W. Bush finished prepared remarks.

On Dec. 14, 2008, al-Zaidi threw two shoes at Bush during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad. Bush ducked and dodged both flying objects, and his Secret Service team quickly moved to quell the disturbance. In rushing to defend the president, agents inadvertently knocked a microphone on a boom stand into Perino's face, causing her to develop a black eye. Following the commotion, al-Zaidi was arrested and led away.

Perino, who became Bush's press secretary in September 2007, was sitting to the side of the president when the melee occurred. She later called her injury minor and joked that it was her "shoe-venir."