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Hillary Clinton Gets The George W Bush Treatment As A Shoe Is Hurled At Her (VIDEO, PICTURES)

11/04/2014 09:43 BST | Updated 11/04/2014 10:00 BST

Hillary Clinton managed to dodge being hit by a shoe as she addressed a crowd in Las Vegas.

The former Secretary of State cracked jokes after the orange and black sports shoe whizzed past her and even drew applause.

The 66-year-old was delivering a keynote speech in front of a Las Vegas convention audience when the projectile was launched.

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Duck and cover: Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe

Clinton said: “Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil? Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”

The woman who hurled the shoe was taken into federal custody, the Associated Press reported.

It adds she admitted throwing the shoe, but did not say why she did it.

As International Man of Mystery Austin Powers famously asked – who throws a shoe?

Well, Muntadar al-Zeidi is believed to have started the trend when he hurled not one but both shoes at President George W Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in 2008.

Throwing footwear at someone in Iraqi culture is a sign of contempt.

Other missiles aimed at politicians have included a Vegemite sandwich (which was, somewhat appropriately chucked at former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.)

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George W Bush narrowly dodged both shoes during a conference in Iraq in 2008

The 52-year-old shrugged off the yeasty snack attack as “a bit of high jinks” during a visit to a school in Brisbane.

Eggs, slime, pies and in one case a miniature model of a cathedral (which hospitalised then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi) are among some of the other items hurled at politicians.

Missiles Aimed At Politicians