George W Bush and the size-10, black, flying shoes

The 29-year-old journalist Muntazer al-Zaidy from “Al Badgadia” TV, threw his shoes at the US President George W. Bush at a press conference in Iraq. Even though the journalist missed his target, he did, however, become the center of attention throughout the world. The story of flying shoes along with the accompanying video circled around the Armenian blogosphere as well.
Reporter_arm was perhaps the first to react to the news.

Have you seen how a show is thrown at Bush in Baghdad, at a press conference? And Bush reacts with impressive agility, ducking down from the shoe thrown at him!

smbatgogyan shares additional details.
During a press conferenece the Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at Bush, shouting “It is the farewell kiss, you dog!” Let me note, that ‘dog’ is one of the very serious insults in Iraq, they call ‘dog’ those people who they truly despise. At any rate, we can state the following:
1. The Iraqi journalist had only a pair of shoes (which is a pity, otherwise it might have been more exciting).
2. Bush has very good instinct when it comes to avoiding objects hurled at him.
aramanoogian is upset about the fact, that the journalist missed his target:

Bush was uninjured thanks to his natural instinct as a Texan who jumps back when shoeing a horse or dodges flying shoes from his wife Laura.
As for the reporter, he should be hung from the gallows for missing his target twice.
I wonder if at future news conferences they will issue slippers to the attendees?

armish1informs, that a rich businessman from Saudy Arabia has offered to pay a huge amount – 10 million dollars for the shoes hurled at Bush. Unfotunately, armish1says, the fate of the shoes in so far not known. The journalist, on the other hand, will definately be tried in court.
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Artur Papyan

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  1. Maybe you guys shouldn’t be admiring those shoes 😉
    ISTANBUL — When a pair of black leather oxfords hurled at President Bush in Baghdad produced a gasp heard around the world, a Turkish cobbler had a different reaction: They were his shoes.
    “We have been producing that specific style, which I personally designed, for 10 years, so I couldn’t have missed it, no way,” said Ramazan Baydan, a shoemaker in Istanbul. “As a shoemaker, you understand.”

  2. Vay :))) Funny! So they were made in Turkey? 🙂

  3. Hard to know for sure! They blew up the shoes (just in case), and unfortunately Mr. al-Zaidi is not available for doing product endorsements….

  4. Speaking of George W. Bush:
    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism.
    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.
    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.
    Many people know what Bush did.
    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.
    Bush was absolute evil.
    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.
    Bush is a psychological prisoner.
    Bush has a lot to worry about.
    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.
    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

  5. Remember this story? Well, of course! But today’s interesting story about a shoe thrower in Turkey yesterday had this to add, which I, at any rate, hadn’t heard:
    Like his inspiration, Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes in December at President George W. Bush in Baghdad, Mr. Ozbek, 24, works at a news outlet. He is a full-time editor on the politics desk at Birgun, a left-wing daily, his department confirmed.
    The hurled shoe lost speed after it hit a seated student posing a question with a microphone in hand, and so it missed the director, slow-motion television pictures showed. But while a Turkish shoe company claimed to have made Mr. Zaidi’s shoe — a statement that promptly increased its sales worldwide — Mr. Ozbek’s shoe was reported to have been made by Nike.
    So, a myth deflated. Great for business, though…

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