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Date: 02/02/09 12:00 PM

36 Responses to Shoe Monument For Man Who Threw Footwear at Bush

  1. Profile photo of LoofahBoy
    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
    3302 posts
    February 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    Link: Shoe Monument For Man Who Threw Footwear at Bush - Jeez, what`s next? An Iraqi live-action movie about it?
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    Xan238 Male 18-29
    287 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    the monument was actually taken down after 2 days
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    Shame if it was taken down. I think it`s awesome. So far he`s one of very few journalists who stand up to the guy.


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    pmarren Male 40-49
    4575 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    Yeah, Baalthazaq, that`s right, no other reporters stand up to the guy... Do you live in a cave? Jesus Christ, every reporter on the globe beat up on the guy every day. Bush was crucified by every major news outlet hourly, and you think this girly-man is a hero?
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    domisgood Male 18-29
    4868 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    yeah, that man deserves recognition
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    ne028 Male 18-29
    889 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    lol they removed this monument...I thought we went there to liberate iraq?
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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
    495 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    I did a quiet celebration when that happened, that for once an Iraqi could openly oppose politics he disagrees without fear. Next thing they were saying he could have been charged with `attempted murder`. I hope he gets a slap on the wrist and then they can be done with it.
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    hamalina Male 18-29
    131 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    The guy who made the monument is nothing more than an attention whore, just like the journalist who threw his shoes at Bush.

    It`s easy to throw shoes/rocks/bombs as an opposition to something you don`t disagree with. It conveniently saves you the effort of actually thinking about it in a more intelligent manner.

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    Yoma4 Female 13-17
    486 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    Old news IAB.
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    Poreka Female 13-17
    710 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    I threw a shoe at a wall today, and I didn`t get internet fame or a monument.
    I want my money back.
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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
    2314 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    But if someone threw a shoe at Obama he`d be a terrorist, right?
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    Pmarren:
    1) I meant out of the journalists who were allowed to attend these Iraqi press conferences.

    2) 2005 is a little too late to jump on the Bushbashing bandwagon. The American Press gave GWB a free ride after 9/11 and simply did not scrutinize him enough. They failed at their jobs. The first proper question Bush was asked was when he came to the UK, and he had the cheek to be offended by the British Press asking him questions.

    Hamalina:
    Yes, because >5 years of protesting and debating worked so well. It prevented the Iraq war for example.

    Oh wait... it didn`t. Well I guess that`s because it was a logical step with the information we had at the time. It`s not like I could have predicted the whole fiasco from the get go when I was 19.

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    manorrd Male 30-39
    2372 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    The guy missed....twice.

    Allah was on the side of Bush and protected him, I say.

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    Chris_Red Male 18-29
    125 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm
    That`s one ugly shoe
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    tuxman4 Male 13-17
    368 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    Glad to know the Iraqis appreciate all of our hard work overthrowing a dictator and trying to rebuild their country.
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    NightMusic Male 13-17
    58 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    Really Baalthazag? A shame it was taken down? They took it down because it represented political bias. They kinda saw it as something that could be a bit of a hot-button. They`re government decided that it was in bad taste and removed it.

    What a shame... </sarcasm>

    And Hamalina... what? Why would you oppose something you don`t disagree with? Wouldn`t that make it harder to do? I have no problem speaking out against something I disagree with. When I agree with it it`s a little harder to be against.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    Sorry, missed you Sixclaws:
    I don`t think that`s fair. I certainly wouldn`t call someone who threw a shoe at Obama a terrorist.

    Keep in mind I was a McCain supporter, I still think throwing shoes at Obama would be stupid depending on why you`re doing it.

    "You`re leaving our country in ruins!" - Fair.
    "Get out of our country!" - Not fair.

    Quote from the shoethrower as he threw his shoes: "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq!"

    Quite frankly, I don`t think that when you`re the first on the scene at events like the killing of Zahra by allied forces, your initial reaction is "Lets all have a sit down tea party and discuss our differences FOR THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS AND KILLED IN IRAQ!"

    It loses some of it`s pathos.

    Shoethrowing, is more than justifiable, in response to a military invasion. This is not healthcare reform.

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    Challenger23 Female 18-29
    346 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    The plastic bush was a nice touch
    XD
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    yoimmylene Female 13-17
    2066 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    W...wow...
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    ItsRobin Male 18-29
    78 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    and he didnt even hit him with the shoe. Too lame.
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    bingo5765 Male 18-29
    207 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    Some people have no respect.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    god bless the shoe.
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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
    2314 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    Baalthazaq, I wasn`t saying Bush didn`t deserve some shoes to the head, just that all the liberal hatred for Bush is likely going to transform into Obama worship, regardless of what he actually does. I personally think Bush deserves disdain both abroad for destroying Iraq and involving the world in it and here for raping the Constitution, but it`s worrisome how much raw trust Obama has been given. That really has nothing to do with the video, but I have to vent somewhere.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
    9186 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    Can I get a copy of that for my room.
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    Chiburashka Male 18-29
    292 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm
    " bronze-colored shoe, filled with a plastic shrub."

    lmfao

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 4:41 pm
    I read that they had already taken it down. :(
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    SirSpanky Male 13-17
    31 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm
    Loool... He was trying to shoe-bomb him before he left..
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    AnwarNova Male 18-29
    2076 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm
    this was already taken down...?
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
    1598 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    A joke to us, but Serious Business for them.
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    Quebec1217 Male 18-29
    109 posts
    February 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    None of you seem to realize the "face" that was lost by members of the Iraqi government... This was an immense embarrassment which resulted in the Iraqi Parliament`s Speaker to resign. This was a breech of their cultural hospitality which made them (the host) look bad.

    Also, this was put up in Saddam Hussein`s hometown. I`ll let you all draw the conclusions there...

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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
    495 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 1:06 am
    Well it should have been an embarrasment to them! They should have vetted everyone, and ensured appropriate distance and security. I don`t blame the guy for taking advantage of that.
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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
    1655 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 8:30 am
    Didn`t that guy go to jail?
    Honestly, if he goes to jail for throwing his shoes at Bush, who is, by law, a war criminal, then Bush should have been excecuted a long long time ago.
    (Im actually against the death penalty but legally the Iraq war never should have happened, and so -legally- Bush should be dead. I dont write the laws I just preach `em =])
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    spazking Male 18-29
    301 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    awesome!
  34. Profile photo of TxP
    TxP Female 70 & Over
    1192 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    ugh political views are so rediculous i feel like im the only sane person! bush has been a totally skapegoat (ok not total, he certainly wasnt the best president) but my god a monument for throwing a shoe at a political leader?! and again i am NOT a bush supporter but really, how many people can hold up to the kind of pressure hes been under, if nothing else have a heart :P
    although he didnt do a great job not a lot of people have what it takes to run the country.
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    TxP Female 70 & Over
    1192 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    i meant to say "total skapegoat" im a grammar freak :P
    sorry for the double post
  36. Profile photo of NightMusic
    NightMusic Male 13-17
    58 posts
    February 3, 2009 at 9:51 pm
    Thank God. I`m not alone. And you may be a grammar freak, but you sure aren`t a spelling one. It`s "scapegoat" :-P.

    But honestly, he deserves whatever he gets for throwing the shoe, no matter whether it was justifiable.

    Thoreau spoke in Civil Disobedience about stuff like this (and I`m hella paraphrasing) when he said that taking an action against something unjust is only significant when you account for those actions. Trying to avoid jail time (or any other punishment) makes what may be a highly powerful and symbolic act innocuous.

    Throwing the shoes was an intense symbol of disrespect, and that anger was not only directed at Bush. The number of people who are supporting the hatred of our own country is sickening(I`m speaking to the US posters, here). You may not have liked Bush, but he was the representative of the people of the US.

    And I have to repeat that the government wasn`t behind it. The gov`t took down the statue because they thought it was totally inappropr

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