Hillary Clinton ducks flying shoe on speech stage

A woman threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas. (CNN/KTNV)

LAS VEGAS (CNN/KTNV) — A woman threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas.

The former senator and secretary of state took it all in stride on Thursday.

“What was that? A bat? Was that a bat? Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” she joked.

Clinton cracked jokes just seconds after a woman hurled a shoe at her during a paid speech in Las Vegas to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

“I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial,” Clinton continued.

The hurler — who slipped in without a ticket — was immediately subdued and taken into custody.  It’s not the first time objects have been thrown at a politician.

An Iraqi journalist chucked not one — but two – shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference.

And protesters in Egypt threw tomatoes at then-Secretary of State Clinton’s motorcade – the latest incident nowhere near as threatening.

“Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did,” joked Clinton as the crowd cheered.

This incident may perhaps be an item for her new memoir, which her publisher said this week will come out in mid-June.

Until then, expect some more dodging from Clinton — not shoes but questions about her presidential ambitions.

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