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“Near miss”, “cause”

Today we will look at two different terms: “near miss” and “cause”. We will use a short video to understand their meanings.

In the video you will see Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist, throwing both his shoes at the US president, George Bush Jnr. The journalist throws his shoes quite accurately, but the shoes don’t hit Mr Bush. They “miss” him, but only just. In fact, they nearly hit his head. So we can describe the incident as a “near miss”. When two aircraft nearly hit each other, that is also a near miss.

Now let us turn to Mr Bush’s reaction afterwards (you can read the full transcript below). Mr Bush says that he doesn’t know “what the guy’s cause is”. In this context, the word “cause” means “a principle or movement that you believe in deeply and are prepared to defend or promote”. For example: Mother Teresa of Calcutta devoted her life to the cause of poor and sick people. Muntazer al-Zaidi’s cause is the widows and orphans and everyone killed in Iraq as a result of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Al-Zaidi (translated): This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog. This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq.

Bush: So what if the guy threw a shoe at me? … Er, it is one way to gain attention. Er, it’s like going to a political rally and having people yell at you. It’s like driving down the street and have [having] people not gesturing with all five fingers. It’s a way for people to draw, you know, attention…I dunno what the guy’s cause is, but one thing is for certain, he caused you to ask me a question about him.

Joe | Friday, December 19th, 2008 | Filed under Curiosities, Listening, Vocabulary

128 Responses to ““Near miss”, “cause””

  1. Tara says:

    Nice lesson! I have to admit I was impressed by Bush’s quick reaction. Learners: Watch for this story in the upcoming Monthly News Digest: http://www.englishclub.com/listening/news.htm

  2. Mon says:

    greatt! I like Al-Zaidi and thanks the enjoyable lesson

  3. Kolbil says:

    Al-Zaidi simply did what was deserved of him,Kind god thinks whatever he does or says is the ultimate.Posterity will surely have the final say.I can’t just help myself wait for Al-Zaidi’s part 2,more grease to his el-bones

  4. mohammad kazem says:

    This is the reward for someone,who is so arrogance&not considerate other people

  5. Ajay says:

    I am very much impressed by Bush & also being his fan becaucse he has proved that he is a livewire.

  6. hosaen says:

    Al-Zaidi is a wild man ! and philistia.I dont like talk about him.

  7. Michelle says:

    Sad to think that the President of the United States is barely capable of coherent speech. At least BaraK Obama speaks in complete sentences. As for the gesture, Al-Zaidi is a frustrated man who hopefully will limit his outbursts to throwing shoes.

  8. amin says:

    this lesson is verey good becouse we don’t like gorge bosh so montathar al zaidy the best one in arab pepole.

  9. Majeed says:

    Mr Bush has made so much evil in the world, so he merits more than a shoe

  10. murat says:

    One million people have been killed in Iraq because of baseless politics of the US Government, after all this response is not enough for humanity civilization in the universe.

  11. Abdul Saboor says:

    That is nice and it is appreciated i am writing this that let you know how easily this dialog made to hav a sense of learning for us but for bush it is a die sown

  12. ria saduri says:

    wow..what a unbelievable action, I guess, al-zaidi didn’t need to think twice for doing it. For me…,Bush Jr. deserves to get it. Just make it as a little intermezo for him. thank’s for the “near miss”, it’s really usefull for knowing it.

  13. shalva says:

    It’s interesting to see how Muntazer al-Zaidi meets to president of Iran or to Ben Laden Or to Hasrala.

  14. suntea says:

    I sympathize with Al Zaidi who, maybe because of what happened to his country and his people let his emotions get the better of him. When a person is so affected by a situation, sometimes he/she acts impulsively without thinking about the effect of his/her action

  15. Galatea says:

    After all the crazy behavior of Bush against de arabs he deserves to be buried under an avalanche of shoes.

  16. alaa says:

    push kill iraqi people and still kill in every where so deserve that.

  17. mai anh says:

    I think it’s right ‘cos many people are so tired of what Buse has done with the world’s peace. sO he ’s worth being treated like that ^^

  18. mai anh says:

    I think it’s right ‘cos many people are so tired of what Bush has done with the world’s peace. sO he ’s worth being treated like that ^^
    I realyy appreciate Obama, Bush should withdrawn

  19. MUSTAFA says:

    what is his size shose.
    I hope it is 55

  20. iraj says:

    i think it wasn’t as mr bush say to get attention for himself .i think his goal was much bigger than bush’s idea it was for iraqi injured people of war .
    now all the world are talking about iraq.they have to thank to Al _naidi for it.
    just god help this man

  21. asmaa says:

    i think the most important thing about what happen wasn’t how Al Zaidi beaten bush in the shoes .
    it’s about that he finally has Courage to do that .
    hit him by the shoes it just a symbole
    it means that we aren’t fried anymore & very angry .
    he and all the Unfair coutry have to take care

  22. yasin says:

    there are many people holding great power in their hands ı recommend them to spend this money on the childeren dying of hunger in africa not on army.

  23. yaamir says:

    Everybody should join to throw their shoes to Bush..

  24. sayed says:

    This is heavenly justice. Bush (Dog) insulted all Muslim and Arab nations, so ..he must be insulted too, and(among his soldiers and keepers). He was supposed to be crushed into dust. He should be rapped..he should see his parents , his sons , his relatives , his people ..he should see all these (killed) to feel and know the (cause)of this guy.

    As I expected before( here in this site ) dog (Bush ) will go to hill . Damn him … Amen.

  25. Kathy Nguyen says:

    George Bush has a good reaction. Although he has to leave the White House, he left a good impression by his fast avoiding. and Al Zaidi must get the heavy punishment for being impolite with a President!

  26. nziha says:

    Thanks for the lessons.
    Mr Al Ziadi may have his reasons to throw his shoes at Bush but it’d be great if he debated or wrote articles to criticise Bush and the whole world instead of throwing things. The pen is mighter than anything else.
    For Bush, he enters history as the sillest president America has ever have. That’s great for him:)

  27. Sayed Elkomy says:

    I hope if Al Ziadi has 1000 shoes

  28. Anies says:

    surely i dislike with Bush cause he is so arrogance but as people it’s not good to do like this. and i hope Al-Ziadi free from anything.

  29. arfah says:

    I agree.
    I like it..Mr.alzaidi…
    but why only shoe???
    why not make a big stone??
    I hope not only that,I wanna more attack to him..
    I’m with you obama.
    do the best for your country..
    and make some change to other country
    the krisis global financial will be end for all…….

  30. heonau says:

    i think al zaidi is a impolite man.what ’s a pity for him. he’ll be heavy punished.

  31. Moses Mgeni says:

    Good lesson, I agree with Zaidi because everyone likes to be on the winning team but sometimes we are supposed to have the degree of calmness.

  32. Abdul says:

    Realy, it was best gift from the all people of muslim and more than 80% non muslim to Mr. Bush= Mr. killer= Mr. Rodif Etlar( Nazi German leader).

  33. Farhat says:

    it shows how much Bush and the policies of his government are hated by every one. Going through the opinions of different people about this issue, one realizes that Bush is hated and despised not only in Iraq and Afghanistan but all over the world.

  34. al tommy nasser says:

    bush is an asshole.
    he dserves to be in the hell

  35. Maggie says:

    Amazing! I wish many more shoes had been thrown at him. He deserves that and even more! So much evil was brought into the world because of his nasty games.
    I hope Mr Obama´s cause will repair all the damage done by the kind of demon Bush was to humanity.

  36. fahia says:

    really bush is evil person i say thanks mr zaidy coze he made his emosionaly bush makes iraq broken country every one can feel bad he killed many iraq made homeless many iraqi made with out future , with out family, and disapoint realy i dislike bush not me only all over the warld and he the enemy of muslim he is deserved that so much more

  37. Polomi says:

    The lesson is so beautifully taught to us, i guess we all learned it at one shot!!

  38. arame says:

    hi joe

  39. arame says:

    the lesson is so cool

  40. fouzia says:

    Oh! that’s a great and unforgotten gift Bush requires when leaving Iraq and his presidency chair in the white house!!!by the way; could you frinds answer this quizz?Which president starts his power by a fall of 2 towers and ends by an attack of 2 shoes????!!!
    1. Bush the fater?
    2.Bill Clinton?
    3.Bush the son?

  41. heba fahmy says:

    Bush the son .He deserves this reaction for the damages
    he made in Iraq ,he also made catesrophe in the people
    themseleves.people can’t live a normal life.

  42. Eleonora says:

    Good fellow, that Al-Zaidi, courageous behaviour and fair words. Americans have always thought that interfering into other peoples’ life they have a right to dictate them their will.

  43. koahh says:

    wow..litttle suprised…- -;;

    i never realize that shoes can be a weapon as he did to bush. anyway thanks joe, i exactly understand what “near miss” means and how to use it in grammar:D

  44. moon says:

    I think it is a gestue for a foolish leader who doesn’t want to respect international community.

  45. Robert Murray says:

    As the saying goes - if the shoe fits … wear it!

  46. hilla says:

    yes ut was relly funny but bush us still alive than we don’t to care:)

  47. shazia says:

    It was a fantastic lesson.Really enjoyed reading.It was also a lesson for all of us that time flies away.

  48. rongxiongdai says:

    It’s an excellent example for the topic, I enjoy it.

  49. Golnar says:

    I admire this brave arab man who reaveled all iraq people feelings to bush .Hope Al-Zaidi tolerate his bad situation now and get his freedom again.thanks for this remarkable topic.

  50. Helmi says:

    it a good idea to take your revange in the way you find it possible even if it’s not a propriate but what Bush has been doing deserves more than that
    for that thanks for the doer

  51. DOHOU Désiré says:

    I just want to congratulate AL-ZAIDI for throwing his shoes to BUSH. I wish he threw stones or shut that “bush man” BUSH.

  52. hanane says:

    what a last kiss for Mr. bosh!! he will never forget it,and what a hard lesson!! this simply how Iraqi people say good bye or “farwell” to an awfull president.

  53. Ehsan says:

    I think Al-zeydi should practice more to shoot on target for the next time! It makes ratherly most of people happy! and shows how much the Iraqi people love Bush! and shows us that it is not important how much you shoot heavily toward target, but precise!

  54. abu asem says:

    THIS MAN EXPRESS ABOUT HIS FEELINGS TWARDS BUSH . WHO WAS RESOESIBLE FOR ALL THE EVENTS HAPENED IN IRAQ . AND didn,t apologize for the people of iraq.

  55. ttte says:

    A lzaidi is a real hero for all the world as he is brave enough to kill Bush with his shoe: I mean kill his character as a tyrrany. WELL DONE Zaidy!!!!

  56. jamshid says:

    a journalist’s weapon is his or her pen and or camera and not his shoes!

  57. ALFONSO says:

    BUSH IS THE CULPRIT.

  58. jamal quraish says:

    well done to AL ZAHIDI ,he should to be rewarded.He has shown to the western world ,how brave the Muslims are,no body should annoy the Muslims.I wish i was ZAHIDI i would have jumped on him(BUSH the DOG) and would have strangled him.

  59. Azam says:

    I like AL ZAHIDI.

  60. Chaouki says:

    Do you know what a pair of shoe can do
    for half a man whose crimes are not new,
    for a “heart-free” human being who followed the oil flow,
    for a vampire who sucked the iraqi blood and refused to withdraw?
    Which is better to miss the shoes like fifteen past six
    or stand like six sharp and get knocked?
    Is it a pair of shoes or a shower of bombs can be forgotten easily?
    Which one is cheerer in a game, a raid or a shoe?
    A pair of shoes makes stand up right to honor you or cause you to bend to dishonor you.
    So you deserve what happened to you.
    Mr. Zaidi you are an hero but your rival is nothing but a zero.

  61. MARIA says:

    i really enjoyed the lesson and much more the incident.bravo montadar.

  62. Jephanny says:

    My opinion is Al Zahidi should calm down with something he didn’t like. Although George Bush was did something wrong but he is a president. Al Zahidi can’t do like that. That’s action just for a gangster people. I don’t know what happened with him but I think he was lost a very importan thing or family….??? That’s why he’s so mad and throw his shoe to George Bush. Everything will going fine if he can control himself. ^^

  63. kashif says:

    i enjoy the lesson AL Zahidi is the best one of Arab people

  64. younus ali says:

    MR.bush deserve this gift because i ever read in all history of our world a man who is responsible for million peoples killing and he just make differences among the people.i think he should be hang for 8 years because his 8 years tenure he make people cry only.how many home and family destroyed by this evil person.

  65. macaplice says:

    Well, I guess old George has finally found his weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. A harmless pair of size 10 shoes.

  66. nirma says:

    Excelent!

  67. Sherry Wan says:

    Best wishes for year 2009 .
    I would like to take part in your club speaking English learning.Please provide detail information.

  68. tanfrida says:

    In my opinion, Mr. Bush is responsible for every suffer of Iraqis. No wonder that Mr Al Zahidi got mad.

  69. Quadery says:

    No Comment

  70. Crissy says:

    Near-miss-cause/Joe’s Cafe
    Is there no place for us to go and just keep politics out of the language learning process? Near miss and cause were shown by examples…and not to tally political opinions. I like the current event videos. They help me bring “today’s happenings” to my students.

  71. Aziz says:

    I read the story of Nimrod, a mesopotamian monarch, the great-grandson of Noah who was a haughty king declared himself a mighty one in the earth. As his name shows, he was a man-hunter. In the last stage of his life, he suffered from a danger disease which doctors failed to find a recovery except beating on his head with shoes two times a day. Bush who killed countless innocent people is the new Nimrod. The resemblance between two rewards points that it was a heaven justice.

  72. Edith from Brazil says:

    I agree with most of the comments.
    Bush looked for and deserved not only shoes but stones.
    It was really a pity it hasn’t hit him…
    I wish he never live in peace after leaving the presidence.

  73. Samiha Mohy Eddin says:

    When Mr.Bush brought his military weapons to fight Iraqi people, he might have proved that he was stronger.
    But when Al-Zaidi used hiis SHOES as a weapon to fight Bush, he assured that he became the weakest. For both, Bush and El-zaidi, your mind is the best.

  74. azar says:

    thanks for your lesson i got meaning of near miss(near to hit)

  75. azar says:

    thanks for your lesson i got meaning of near miss

  76. ajip says:

    Thank’s for the lesson,so i get the meaning of ” near miss and cause”.

    For Al-Zaidi,don’t be affraid with your action many people support what you have done. we will be waiting for your next action.

  77. APPIAH MORRISON JAMES says:

    The lesson given is very interesting and takes only a good leader to think twice before taking a decision.
    I have admitted to the fact that the story is somehow talking about Osama Bin Lardin and the World Trade Center destruction meaning that was an attack on Bush and they missed their target.

  78. Magdy says:

    In my opinion , this event is not good because it is done with the president of the greatest country in the world. also , it is the Arabian way to express their opinion , I think it is stupid expression.

  79. elham says:

    Hi Al-Zaidi,
    you did not miss the time!

    thanks joe’cafe,
    elham

  80. Egal says:

    What mr Al-zaidi gain from throwing a shoe to the most powerful president in the world. It is obvious, he is a criminal. Of course Bush is criminal too against whole society of Iraq regardless of their religion. The poor action of Al-Zaidi shows you that Arabs are like donkeys, because they don’t know how to fight but they know how to throw a shoe.

  81. Hoang Anh says:

    i can understand why Al-zaidi did like that. Regret that shoes are missing.

  82. Fahad says:

    He deserved that,,, VAmpire

  83. mhmd says:

    Al-zaidi said what it was must say , enough .

  84. Linda k hollywood says:

    The Iraq journalist throwing both his shoes at
    the US president is not gracious have a malicious
    intention like parish people.

    Good luck
    Linda k

  85. Linda k hollywood says:

    Sorry misspell the verb Pariah people

  86. miosha says:

    a very good lesson, because Bush deserve more than a sheo

  87. Shahid Hussain says:

    Mr Bush has throwen thousands of bombs on iraqi people by his cruel army. He deserves a lot than shoes. But Al Zaidi has proved that muslims are so brave and favour the truth.

  88. Fatimah says:

    This is the reality show and the lesson to a person who always talk about helping people from a dictator power but he replace it by showed of the ability of his power to the world and pretended to the innocence victim. He thought he is a God who can doing everything by his authority. He forced the world accepted his perception wholly truthful

  89. ton ton says:

    Al zaidi is a ill bred man,a coward .Who praises him ,that is also a malefactor.Why? Because for attending this conference.Al Zaidi have had indirectly promised to keep the order,but he had violated the agreement.If he is a hero,he has to oppose face to face to US army.

  90. Anushka says:

    Great..but I’m not happy..because it’s a near miss not a hit.!!

  91. carrie says:

    I think that it must have been a very good lesson for George Bush who does not care the death of children and iraq public(but provided that he contemplates on this event)

  92. Günther says:

    The question that Mr. Al Zaidi should be asked is “did it help the widows and orphans?” and the answer we all know is no. So I condemned it and he should have thought of a better way to lay his problems and making fanatics to be louder.

  93. salem says:

    i’m very very happy to be spesking and chsting here. brilliant! i like making new special friends!

  94. salma says:

    really the analysis of the script or the conversation is great. i learnt alot from this enjoyble lesson and wish to be (surely hit).
    i mean the shoes surely hit his head (*_*)

  95. rend says:

    Thank you for the great lesson @_@

  96. Tera says:

    Wow~Bush deserved it!

  97. abshir Awad Mohamud says:

    All the people around the world whether a Muslim,Christian,jews, Budisam, and induasam they agree Bush was the worst president entire world.we never see such a stupid president like Bush.Another hand the guy who throw the shoes the Bush he was the most prive in a Muslim world because he sacrificed him self to defend millions and millions people in Iraq.That means he was encoureaged and motivated other people.we love you my dearest brother we never forget you .how ever the guy is now he is free and he received millions and millions of money and reward. thank u all of u. iam from Somalia east Africa.

  98. aaalllleee says:

    jajaja mega nice this video…..

  99. Aziz says:

    it’s good but how can i download this?

  100. chalak says:

    fascism is the most welcomed gift gave to the Arabes, if the arabs are realy breave try to be clever enough just like Goerge Bosh who caused you fuck down in Iraq Ahgan Lbenan palastain and Yaman… so on

    Chalak From Kurdistan

  101. salma says:

    al-zaidi is hero and courage, it is good lesson

  102. Lilyana says:

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the precious lesson. Well done. Thanks my teacher, lol :)

  103. hong.t.nhan says:

    that near miss can be said as a close call or close shave; and cause the motive, from the language point of view.
    Well, forget that blunder in Americo-Iraqui diplomatic relation. get ahead with language pals!

  104. boly says:

    tge live to zidi

  105. Naima says:

    freedom costs alot , brave people who stand for freedom whatever it takes,

  106. Naima says:

    viva USA

  107. ring says:

    Dear Sir,thanks for your lesson.But why could’t I find the video above.

  108. asmaa says:

    i dont know how can gorge buch slept he made a lot of crime .orphans and widows he is the worst prisedant in the world

  109. Marcio Silva says:

    I think that Bush got out from the white House through the rear, it symbolizes what Bush heve been doing for the world and he fade away like a storm that leave the wost.

  110. mouna says:

    i m very impressed by the very rapid reaction of bush.but have it for granted he ll meet what he deserves

  111. Yensy says:

    Wow!

  112. C says:

    It shows that Bush is still alert and can dodge anything thrown at him. Hahahahah!

  113. ListPk.com says:

    Well, Although Pr. Bush is no more but war he started is still continuing. I think this shoe treatment must be continue so that these world leaders may feel fear to face people and journalist.

  114. abbas ali says:

    hi,
    Joe’s Cafe,
    your best and your class is too good.

  115. fetrat says:

    Hello all,

    Well i am so happy for this action,

  116. Suhanto says:

    Al-Zaidi, If I had been you, I would have controlled myself. I would have shouted” Mr. Bush, I think you have destroyed our country greatly. I am very angry about it. Please count how many children and women have died because of you. Please stop it.” Then I feel happy because I could express the true things kindly. Al Zaidi, however, could not control his emotion because he thought Mr Bush would not take any human advice or shouting.

  117. Dimitar says:

    Hallo friends!

  118. Sahar Mohamed says:

    I respect everyone who defend of his freedom, country and his cause regardless of the religion, color or nationality

  119. Nadira says:

    Enjoyed the lesson, Bush deserved more.

  120. jorge trujillo says:

    Bush,will be minded as one of the most cruel persons of the world,what a pitty that the
    shoe didn’t hit him !

  121. hannia says:

    For me it is an excellent reaction by expresident George Bush, it look kind and diplomatic.

  122. hannia says:

    really it was near to hit the Expresident George Bush, so he lok great fast reflexes.

  123. hannia says:

    sorry look

  124. Aya says:

    I think that the Al-Zaidi has the right to do that because his country has fought by the worst dog in the world BUSH…unfortunately the shoe didn’t hit his FACE.

  125. Sasha says:

    It`s a pity that Al-Zaidi did not hit to Bush!!!!!!!

  126. chris says:

    I think all was a SETUP…….

  127. kambiz says:

    what a pity!
    it must be hit Buse in the head. I think AL-zaidi is an hero

  128. Maria says:

    jajaja !!!! It would be great if he didn’t miss hit his head

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