A shoemaker in Istanbul says it was his Ducati Model 271 black leather oxfords that were chucked at the president. The Baydan Shoe Company is ordering thousands of new pairs and preparing an advertising campaign with posters that say “Goodbye Bush, Welcome Democracy.” Get ready for the hottest footwear trend of 2009!
Muntadar al-Zaidi’s brother says the shoe-throwing journalist has been beaten while in custody, suffering a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding. Meanwhile people are starting to bid to buy the shoes - the former coach of the Iraqi soccer team has offered $100,000, and a Saudi citizen has offered $10 million.
The 29-year-old Iraqi reporter who threw a shoe at President Bush is now the most famous man in Iraq. So who is he? Al Zaidi is a correspondent for Al Baghdadiya, an independent Iraqi TV station, and has been detained at least twice by military forces (once by Americans) for unspecified charges. His brother claims that the attack was not planned, but a co-worker says it had been a dream of Al Zaidi’s for some time. He faces two years in jail (if Bush presses charges).
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