The American First Lady Laura Bush today said that President George W Bush "laughed off" the shoe "assault", which would have led to the execution of the Iraqi journalist if it had happened to former President Saddam Hussein.
She told Fox News in an interview today, she was not amused with the "assault" that occurred in a news conference in Baghdad recently, but her husband had laughed it off.
"... Of course I wasn't amused. It was an assault. And it would be an assault to anyone. The President laughed it off as you know, he's a natural athlete. But on the other hand, it is an assault, and I think it should be treated that way... " Laura Bush said.
Asked whether the scribe would be released, the First Lady said, "... I don't know about that. That's up to the Iraqis. But I know if Saddam Hussein had been there, the man wouldn't have been released. Probably he would have been executed.""It is as bad as the incident is, in my view, but it is a sign that Iraqis today feel a lot more free to express themselves," she added.
Husband not failed President: Laura
Laura Bush also said she disagreed with the critics who termed her husband George W Bush a "failed" President.
"I know it's not fact. And so I don't really feel like I need to respond to people who view it that way. And I think history will judge and we'll see later," she said in an interview to Fox News.
She said her husband did everything possible as the US President to keep the country safe and his policies helped liberate millions of people from tyrannical governments, disease and illiteracy, referring to Afghanistan and Iraq.
"My husband responded in a way that kept our country safe after September 11th, and I think that's very, very important. Because of the policies of the United States and military, 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq were liberated from oppressive governments," Laura Bush said.
"Over two million people in sub-Saharan Africa are on anti-retrovirals because of his policy of trying to save people from disease as well as from tyranny," she added.
"And I think his inner belief in freedom -- that means not just freedom from tyranny, but also from disease and illiteracy -- is really the basic American value, and that's what I think he's shown the whole time as a President," the First Lady said.