Live television showed it still has fire power when John Howard faced a Q & A audience last night.
One irate audience member threw his shoes at the former Prime Minister, echoing an Iraqi journalist who once took aim at George W. Bush.
Both missed Howard, but unsettled host Tony Jones. Jones ordered the man be removed from the studio.
One of the Tweets published on screen just moments before had even prompted for a shoe to be thrown at the former PM.
Q & A was certainly a lively programme, with several interjectors in the usually-controlled forum.
Howard bristled at some of the questions, including a video question from David Hicks who asked whether he was treated “humanely” while he was detained and tortured in Guantanamo Bay under the Bush Government.
The surprise video question was a compelling television moment in an electric episode.
But Howard was unrepentent, as he was on all topics put to him about his government’s record.
“All we’ve got is two smelly sneakers,” remarked a relieved Jones at the end of the show.