Hillary Clinton dodges shoe during Las Vegas speech

Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:46pm EDT

1 of 3. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks towards the audience, after someone threw an object onstage, during her speech to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas, Nevada April 10, 2014.

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(Reuters) - A woman threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday as the former secretary of state was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel, but Clinton dodged it and continued with her remarks, a U.S. Secret Service spokesman said.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the shoe-thrower was not a ticketed guest for Clinton's speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards before the incident.

"As agents and hotel security approached her she threw a shoe and was immediately taken into custody by the Secret Service and hotel security," Ogilvie said.

Footage of the incident broadcast by KTNV-TV showed Clinton, 66, crouching to dodge an object as she stood on stage.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported that the former first lady joked about the incident as she continued her speech to some 1,000 people attending a metal recycling conference

"Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton asked, according to the Review-Journal. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?"

The newspaper quoted Clinton as saying, "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial."

The throwing of shoes at political figures is a form of protest in many parts of the world. In 2008 a shoe was hurled at then-President George W. Bush when he appeared at a Baghdad press conference with the Iraqi prime minister.

Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to then-Senator Barack Obama, said at a marketing conference in San Francisco earlier this week that she was thinking about running for president again in 2016.

She has been giving speeches across the country since leaving the State Department last year.

A hotel spokeswoman told Reuters she had no information on the episode, and a spokesman for Clinton did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Leslie Adler, Toni Reinhold)

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Comments (15)
Ren1 wrote:
Too bad it did not find its mark!

Apr 10, 2014 7:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:
as much as I think Hillary Clinton, is nothing more, than a media created glitz..as much as I think, she has screwed up, or done nothing, at every job, that she has held….come on people, we aren’t some third rate republic, where this type of behavior is warranted. Get back at her, at the ballot box…. and with your pocketbooks to those, that would oppose her…that is, our American way…..

Apr 10, 2014 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gthog61 wrote:
The media absolutely LOVED it when this was done to BUSH, so anybody who doesn’t like it can eat it.

Apr 10, 2014 7:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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