Friday, January 30, 2009

sometimes the jokes write themselves

The Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at Bush in Baghdad has become a folk hero in the Arab world. Turns out a sculptor was inspired to build a giant copper shoe monument at an orphanage in Tikrit (Saddam's hometown), with the assistance of the orphans. The statue was unveiled Thursday.

By Friday, Iraqi authorities made them take it down.

(Maximum Irony bonus: Bush said at the time, "Here I am, getting ready to answer questions from a free press [sic] in a democratic [sic] Iraq [sic], and a guy stands up and throws his shoe. And it was bizarre, and it was an interesting way for a person to express himself [sic].")

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