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Sales for Maker of Shoes Thrown at President Bush Increase Rapidly

December 22, 2008

The shoes thrown last week at President Bush have provided an unexpected windfall for the shoemaker who made them. In news on the reporter, he will stand trial on December 31.

From CNN:

Sales of the shoes made famous by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi have soared, with requests pouring in to the Turkish shoemaker from across the world, media reports said Monday.

As a result, Istanbul-based Ramazan Baydan has had to recruit an extra 100 staff to meet orders for 300,000 pairs of the “Model 271 brogues,” Britain’s Daily Mail said.

According to the company, Model 271 shoes are exported to markets including Iraq, Iran, Syria and Egypt. Last week customers in Iraq ordered 120,000 pairs and some Iraqis offered to set up distribution companies for the shoe, Baydan told Bloomberg.

Al-Zaidi, who faces a prison term if convicted, carried out the act in front of hundreds of reporters, photographers and cameramen at a Baghdad press conference given by Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Shouting as he was dragged to the floor, the reporter called his shoe-throwing — a traditional insult in Arab culture — a “farewell kiss” to a “dog” who launched the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Neither shoe hit the out-going president.

While the incident angered Iraq’s government, Al-Zaidi has been hailed as a hero by many Iraqis protesting his detention. In neighboring Iran, one cleric dubbed the act “the shoe intifada (rebellion).”

“The shoe intifada in Iraq should not be overlooked easily,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as saying Friday. “Well done to the Iraqi journalist for throwing the shoes at the U.S. president.”

Bush himself told CNN’s Candy Crowley in the aftermath of the attack that he “didn’t have much time to reflect on anything (when the shoes were thrown), I was ducking and dodging.”

Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes at President Bush

December 14, 2008

President Bush made a farewell visit Sunday to Baghdad, Iraq, where he met with Iraqi leaders and was targeted by an angry Iraqi man, who jumped up and threw shoes at Bush during a news conference. I’m sure others would have loved to have thrown more than just their shoes.

From CNN:

Among Muslims, throwing shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult.

The man was dragged out screaming after throwing the shoes. Bush ducked, and the shoes, thrown one at a time, sailed past his head during the news conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his palace in the heavily fortified Green Zone.

As the man continued to scream from another room, Bush said: “That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know.”

Bush had been lauding the conclusion of the security pact with Iraq as journalists looked on.

Bush landed at Baghdad International Airport on Sunday and traveled by helicopter to meet with President Jalal Talabani and his two vice presidents at Talabani’s palace outside the Green Zone.

It marked the first time he has been outside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad without being on a military base.

The visit was Bush’s fourth since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Afterward, Talabani praised his U.S. counterpart as a “great friend for the Iraqi people” and the man “who helped us to liberate our country and to reach this day, which we have democracy, human rights, and prosperity gradually in our country.”