Shoe Throwing Gone GlobalSubmitted by bravoseis on Tue, 08/24/2010 - 12:06
A shoe flies, a leader ducks ... a trend is born?
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN,
Associated Press Writer –
Mon Aug 23, 7:05 am ET
LONDON – For a few days, he was famous the world over — an Iraqi TV journalist who became an instant hero for millions when he hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush's head and called him a dog.
Little has been heard out of Muntadhar al-Zeidi since he left Iraq and started a charity in Switzerland last year. But his odd moment in the spotlight has, to the chagrin of world leaders and their bodyguards, left behind an enduring legacy.
Throwing shoes at the mighty has become a global phenomenon that shows no sign of fading away.
Since that infamous Baghdad press conference on Dec. 14, 2008, shoes have flown at the prime ministers of China and Turkey, the chief justice of Israel's Supreme Court, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, a Ukrainian politician who favored joining NATO, and a string of Indian politicians.
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