Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a rude welcome in Cairo earlier this week during a visit to a mosque – when he became the latest world leader to be attacked with a shoe.
But he is not the first world leader to have a shoe hurled at his head.
U.S. President George W. Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad in 2008 when he ducked as a shoe went past his head.
Security officials quickly subdued the attacker, identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television.
Later, Bush joked about the incident with reporters, saying "It doesn’t bother me. If you want the facts: it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw at me."
Hitting someone with the sole of your shoe has long been an insult in the Middle East but the Baghdad incident sent it viral, even inspiring an online game "SockAndAwe," which lets players throw brown laced-loafers at the president. Within days, the site said almost 20 million shoes had been tossed.