In his farewell tour of Iraq, US president George Bush narrowly avoided being hit in the face on Sunday by a pair of shoes hurled by an angry Iraqi journalist who called the outgoing President a dog.

The attack highlighted the contempt felt by many Iraqis for Mr Bush, whose presidency will be defined by his decision to invade Iraq, a move that brought down Saddam Hussein but also destroyed the lives of tens of thousands.

Displaying quick reactions, the incumbent President ducked as the size 10 missiles hurtled over his head, one after the other, at a joint press conference with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Bush spoke with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz later in the day following the incident said he wasn’t insulted by the shoe-throwing, and that stranger things have happened to him.

He would have been likely to be ISA-ed if he did that to Abdullah or Najib.