Hillary Clinton Escapes Attack in Las Vegas, Makes Fun of Attacker’s Accuracy
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | April 11, 2014 1:27 PM EST
Hillary Clinton narrowly escaped an attack while she was giving her speech at a hotel in Las Vegas. One woman threw a show at Ms Clinton who managed to dodge the attack. Moreover, she continued giving her speech, unperturbed.
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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.
According to Reuters, Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said that the woman who had thrown the shoe at the former secretary of state of the United States was not a "ticketed guest." The attacker was spotted by security guards and Secret Service agents at the Mandalay Bay hotel even before the incident took place. Mr Ogilvie said that the woman threw a shoe at Ms Clinton when she was approached by security guards. She was immediately arrested by hotel security and the Secret Service.
Ms Clinton apparently joked about the attack while she did not interrupt her speech. At first she did not realise that someone threw something at her. She asked: "Is that a bat?" Then she suddenly realised it and asked if anyone threw anything at her. Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Ms Clinton asked if the thing thrown at her was a "part of Cirque du Soleil." Her reference to the widely known entertainment company prompted laughter among the audience which was around a thousand in number.
Ms Clinton continued talking about the incident and wondered how solid waste management could be such a controversial issue that she should be thrown a shoe at. She was talking on the topic when the woman threw the shoe at her. She further made fun of the attacker and thanked her for not being as accurate as Ms Clinton herself when she played softball. The witty reaction of Ms Clinton was appreciated by the audience. Some of them even gave her a standing ovation for that.
With this incident, Ms Clinton joined the legacy of several other renowned world leaders who were previously thrown shoes at. Some of the major names in the "not-so-glorious" list are former U.S. President George W Bush, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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