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Send Bush Your Shoes!

America: We were unable to give President [sic] Bush the boot, but we *can* give him the shoe!


"This is a farewell kiss, you dog!"

It is time to carpet the lawn of the White House and carpet both the lawns of Bush's new homes.
What better way to stand in solidarity with
Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi?

Send virtual shoes, too! A CLG reader wrote, 'I urge everyone around the world who thinks it appropriate to email George Bush at president@whitehouse.gov a picture of a shoe.'

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Iraqi Journalist Who Threw Shoes at Bush Was Tortured in Jail, His Brother Says 22 Dec 2008 The television reporter who threw his shoes at President [sic] Bush was burned by a cigarette in the hours after his arrest on Dec. 14 and was beaten so badly by Iraqi security personnel that one of his teeth was knocked out, the reporterís brother said Sunday after a visit to the jail. The reporter, Muntader al-Zaidi has been jailed since hurling his shoes at Mr. Bush during a news conference here last week.

Stampede for 'Bush shoe' creates 100 new jobs 22 Dec 2008 Their deployment as a makeshift missile robbed President [sic] George Bush of his dignity and landed their owner in jail. But the world's most notorious pair of shoes have yielded an unexpected bonanza for a Turkish shoemaker. Ramazan Baydan, owner of the Istanbul-based Baydan Shoe Company, has been swamped with orders from across the world, after insisting that his company produced the black leather shoes which the Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi threw at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last Sunday. Baydan has recruited an extra 100 staff to meet orders for 300,000 pairs of Model 271 - more than four times the shoe's normal annual sale - following an outpouring of support for Zaidi's act, which was intended as a protest, but led to his arrest by Iraqi security forces.

Bush shoe-thrower in hospital after beating: brother 16 Dec 2008 The Iraqi journalist who hurled shoes at US President [sic] George W. Bush is in hospital after being beaten up by security guards, his brother charged on Tuesday, as judicial authorities launched a probe into the incident. "He has been taken to Ibn Sina hospital because he has a broken arm and ribs and is also suffering injuries to his eye and leg," Durgham al-Zaidi said of his brother Muntazer.

Shoe thrower 'beaten in custody' 16 Dec 2008 The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President [sic] George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody. Muntadar al-Zaidi has allegedly suffered a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC. Mr Zaidi threw his shoes at Mr Bush at a news conference, calling him "a dog".

Official: Shoe-thrower in Iraqi military custody 16 Dec 2008 The journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush was handed over to the Iraqi military, an Iraqi official said, as hundreds thousands took to the streets Tuesday for a second day demanding his release. Muntadhar al-Zeidi was turned over by the prime minister's security guards to face further investigation by the military command in charge of enforcing security in Baghdad, the official told The Associated Press.

200 lawyers offer to defend Bush shoe attacker --Detained journalist's employer calls for his 'immediate release' 16 Dec 2008 Saddam Husseinís former lawyer said on Monday he was forming a team to defend the Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at US President [sic] George W Bush during his farewell visit to Baghdad. "So far around 200 Iraqi and other lawyers, including Americans, have expressed willingness to defend the journalist for free," the Amman-based Khalil al-Dulaimi told AFP. "I took the decision on Sunday night to defend the man after the incident. I am currently contacting Arab bar associations to form a defence committee."

'He [George Bush] deserves to be hit with 100, not just one or two shoes. Who wants him to come here?' --A Baghdad resident [speaking for the whole world] Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker 15 Dec 2008 Thousands of Iraqis have demanded the release of a local TV reporter who threw his shoes at US President [sic] George W Bush at a Baghdad news conference. Crowds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City district, calling for "hero" Muntadar al-Zaidi to be freed from custody. The Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya TV channel said Mr Zaidi should be freed because he had been exercising freedom of expression - something which the Americans had promised to Iraqis on the ousting of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. "Any measures against Muntadar will be considered the acts of a dictatorial regime," the firm said in a statement. He said he was afraid for Mr Zaidi's safety, adding that the reporter had been arrested by US officials twice before. "We fear that our correspondents in Iraq will be arrested. We have 200 correspondents there," he added.

Iraq TV demands release of Bush shoe attacker 15 Dec 2008 An Iraqi television station on Monday demanded the immediate release of one of its journalists who caused a furore when he hurled shoes at visiting US President [sic] George W. Bush. Muntazer al-Zaidi jumped up as Bush was holding a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday, shouted "It is the farewell kiss, you dog" and threw two shoes at the US leader. Bush ducked and the first shoe hit the American and Iraqi flags behind the two leaders, while the second was off target.

Many hail journalist who threw shoes at Bush 15 Dec 2008 Muntadhar al-Zeidi is a certified hero and all he had to do was throw his shoes. On Sunday, the Arab journalist launched both his shoes at U.S. President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad. The first shoe nearly pinged Bush in the head but he managed to duck just in time. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tried to block the second shoe as it flew directly over Bush's head. "This is a farewell kiss, you dog," al-Zeidi yelled in Arabic as he tossed his shoes at Bush. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush, calls him dog 15 Dec 2008 An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at visiting U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday. Muntadhar al-Zaidi, reporter of Baghdadiya television jumped and threw his two shoes one by one at the president, who ducked and thus narrowly missed being struck, raising chaos in the hall in Baghdad's heavily fortified green Zone. "This is a farewell kiss, dog," said Zaidi. Several security members wrestled the man to the floor and then dragged him out of the hall as he was screaming.

Iraqi who threw shoes covered U.S. bombing of Shiite area 14 Dec 2008 George W. Bush made his last visit to Iraq as president [sic] on Sunday. But instead of highlighting progress from the "surge," it became a reminder that many Iraqis see him not as a liberator who freed them from Saddam Hussein but as an occupier who pushed their country into chaos. As Bush finished remarks... an Iraqi television journalist leapt from his seat, pulled off his shoes and threw them at the pResident. Striking someone with a shoe is a grave insult in Islam. "This is a goodbye kiss, you dog," the journalist, Muntathar al Zaidi, 29, shouted.

Satire: Iraq Did Have Weapon of Mass Destruction As Shoe Barely Misses President Bush By R J Shulman 15 Dec 2008 It took his farewell tour of Iraq to find the weapons of mass destruction he always suspected were there, but today, President [sic] Bush personally discovered the dangerous missiles in Iraq. "They were size 10 and they were coming straight at me," said President Bush, speaking of the two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi. Zaidi tossed his shoes, saying they were a good-bye kiss from the Iraqi people. "They say that Zaire guy called me a dog," said Bush who ducked just in time, "but everyone else must have dyslexia, because I heard him call me a god." (Satire)

16 December 2008

Page compiled by Lori Price, Managing Editor, Citizens For Legitimate Government, www.legitgov.org

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