George Bush shoe attacker to be released early

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Remember the “classic” scene when an Iraqi journalist threw both pair of his Shoes at Former President George Bush ?

We knew you did.



On December 14, 2008, Muntadhar al-Zeidi relentlessly hurled his shoes at Former President George Bush during a press conference. The Iraqi said these infamous words while throwing his pair of Turkish shoes:

“This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog (1st shoe)

“This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq” (2nd shoe)


After the said incident, Muntadhar  Al-Zeidi was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison. This was reduced to a year since he didn’t have previous criminal records.

After 9 months in prison, The Iraqi journalist will be released on September 14, 2009, 3 months earlier, because of good behavior.

Arab Hero

Muntadhar al-Zeidi

The 30 year old reporter even became a “Hero” in the eyes of Arab critics who vehemently disagree over US’s invasion and occupation at Iraq.

Al-Zeidi’s shoes were a suitable farewell for Bush’s deeds in Iraq,” Sunni lawmaker Dhafir al-Ani said in welcoming the early release. “Al-Zeidi’s act expressed the real will and feelings of the Iraqi people. His anger against Bush was the result of the suffering of his countrymen.” (via Yahoo)

There were reports about Al-Zeidi being allegedly tortured while in custody. Although, this would probably remain as hearsays and folklore stories because no evidences nor witnesses surfaced.

What happened with the “Golden” Shoes?

golden shoes

The pair of shoes was believed to be manufactured by Baydan Shoe company in Stanbul Turkey and widely known as “The Bush shoe” or “Bye-Bye Bush Shoe”. An Arab businessman offered US$ 10 million to buy the pair of shoes,a  Ducati Model 271, but was turn down. It was finally destroyed on December 18, 2008 by security agents from the US and Iraq.

I guess “Midas’ touch” could be true after all (that anything could be turned into gold).


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