When President George Bush visited Iraq in 2008 a pair of shoes were thrown at him during a press conference. The culprit, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, committed the offensive act (throwing a shoe is the most insulting act in the Arab world) to demonstrate sympathy for those that became widows and orphans following the American invasion.
Although al-Zaidi was immediately escorted out of the press conference, many now regard him as a hero. An 11.5 feet tall monumental shoe was erected in the grounds of an orphanage in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit and was considered a gift to the next generation to help them to remember the journalist’s brave action. It was reportedly taken down the following day as authorities were not in favour of the grounds of an orphanage being used for a political motive.
Many requests were received to have the infamous shoes exhibited in an Iraqi museum, but they were apparently destroyed by the U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces.
The event inspired an online game called “Sock and Awe” in which the player can throw shoes at President Bush when his head appears from behind a conference podium!
Source: Smarter Than Yesterday – facts, trivia, & general knowledge
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Elsmere is from Northern Ireland and has always had a passion for learning. He studied at the University of Ulster and graduated with a Master’s degree in Management and Corporate Governance.