Laura Bush Unamused by Shoe 'Assault'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 8:18 PM CST
This video image provided by the White House shows first lady Laura Bush with Barney and Miss Beazley appearing in the "Barney Cam" holiday doggie video.   (AP Photo/White House)
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(Newser) – Laura Bush is not among those laughing along at her husband's recent shoe-dodging moves. "As a wife, I saw it as an assault, and that's what it was," she told USA Today. "So I didn't laugh it off." The first lady did, however, have an insight into how her husband managed to avoid getting plunked on the head: "He's very quick," she said. "He's such a natural athlete."

Also in the interview, Bush said she planned to continue her advocacy on behalf of women's rights and democracy in Afghanistan and Burma. And she offered a strong defense of her husband's legacy: "Fifty million people are free from tyranny because of the United States, because of my husband's policies," she said. "These are very, very important, world-changing happenings, and they're for the best."