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Thu 18 Dec 2008 09:56 AM

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Saudi man 'bids $10mn for Bush attack shoe'

Kingdom resident reportedly makes offer for journlist's 'shoe of dignity'.

A Saudi Arabian man has reportedly bid $10 million for the shoes of an Iraqi journalist hurled at US President George Bush, claiming the “shoe of dignity” has “high moral status”.

The size 10 loafers, hurled during a Baghdad press conference on Sunday, have won their owner, Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, iconic status – and now may make him a millionaire.

The offer, reported by Middle Eastern news agencies yesterday, is the latest development in the bizarre shoe saga described by Bush as “one of the weirdest” moments in his presidential career.

The president himself was unhurt during the incident, ducking nimbly to avoid the shoes while his Secret Service bodyguards stood to the side.

Bush later said al-Zaidi was “looking for notoriety” and urged the Iraqi authorities not to “overreact” in their response.

Despite the best efforts of Bush and his aides to play down the episode, the incident has proved a hit. Thousands of Iraqis took the streets after al-Zaida’s arrest, calling him a national hero, while cobblers in Turkey and Lebanon have lodged rival claims that they made the shoes.

The sentiment behind the flying footwear seems to have struck a chord worldwide, reportedly spurring an Egyptian man to offer his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Al-Zaidi, and inspiring an online game (www.SockAndAwe.com) that lets players hurl flying footwear at a cyber-Bush.

At last count, the site said 17mn shoes had struck the virtual president’s head.

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Rainigade 11 years ago

Amazing how the rich people in this region have so much money to waste on all kinds of ridiculous things like license plates and shoes. I wonder if they ever stop to think of the blessings they would get, had they spent that money on the less fortunate, more needy people instead. My humble recommendation to all you Richie Riches out there - before you spend massive amounts of money on these things, ask yourselves "What would Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) do?"

bewildered 11 years ago

agree with Rainigade. It shows the mentality of people who are willing to watch millions die of starvation around the world without lifting a finger yet will spend millions to give themselves the dubious publicity of purchasing the no doubt sweaty and stinking footwear of a man who was nowhere to be seen nor heard whilst Sadam was murdering his way around Iraq and Iran.

Maria 11 years ago

LOL ... I can't help but smile after reading this article. I mean, what are we thinking about? Flying shoes? Bush? To tell the truth, I have better things to worry about and hopefully so do most of us living out there. No matter what our sentiments are towards Bush (and personally, he is faaaaaar from my favourites), I think the crisis is currently way more important than paying money for a ridiculous shoe.

zahara 11 years ago

Thanks Mr Saudi for the best laugh we've had for ages. but Rainigade, we don't know what he spends the rest of his money on, it may be for good causes and the shoe may just be for fun or publicity; at least if the money does go to the shoe thrower it might go a little way to compensate for the torture he's undergoing right now.

gambit 11 years ago

A great way to show how uncivilised even millionaires are! To support such barbaric acts shows what kind of mentality they have.