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Posted on Apr 8, 2009
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A bronze statue of a shoe was made to honor the event.

Muntadhar al-Zaidi became an instant hero to many when he flung his shoes at George W. Bush, but he was soon sentenced to three years in prison. That penalty has now been commuted to one year, including time served. It still seems a bit steep, considering that he didn’t even make contact and Bush himself dismissed the incident as democracy in action.

CNN:

Iraq’s Central Criminal Court sentenced al-Zaidi to three years in March after he was found guilty of assaulting a foreign head of state on an official visit to Iraq. It was Bush’s last visit to Baghdad before leaving office in January.

Judge Abdul Sattar al-Beeraqdar, spokesman for Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council, said the court reduced al-Zaidi’s sentence because he is young and had no previous criminal record.

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By lOst_sOuls_rembrd, April 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

lol at all the comments.  I wonder if bush has raised the money yet for his witto library.  Maybe we could have the shoe w/bush and all and put it on display as a donation from the best moment in his 8 yrs!  I’d go to visit the damn stupid library JUST to see that! lol

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By Inherit The Wind, April 10, 2009 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

purplewolf, April 10 at 10:37 am #

The word dignitary comes from the word dignity, neither word accurately fits G.W.Bush.

Funny how well he dodged the thrown shoes, seems as though he knew beforehand this was coming, and the smirk on Bush’s face says it all. Probably a staged incident.

Where were those reflexes when he was told that the United States was under attack on 9-11-he sat there like the idiot he is for over 7 minutes looking dumbfounded, his natural state-of-mind.
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Oh, give me a friggin’ BREAK! You are REALLY going off the deep end on this one—what happened? The tin-foil hat fell off or tore?

You conspiracy theory nuts find conspiracies in everything.  Botch may be an idiot and a crook but he IS athletic and in great physical shape.  And those shoes didn’t come at him that fast.  Besides, it’s usually easier to dodge if you DON’T know it’s coming—you just react.

9/11 required that he put down “My Pet Goat” and THINK.  That’s where he always freezes up—when he has to think, not merely duck.

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By DEANS BEANS, April 10, 2009 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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Update - The Iraqi Parliament has ordered that the bronze shoe statue be removed immediately. So much for freedom of speech!  Maybe Dubyuh could write a letter asking that the statue be allowed to stay put, in the name of free speech.

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By purplewolf, April 10, 2009 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

The word dignitary comes from the word dignity, neither word accurately fits G.W.Bush.

Funny how well he dodged the thrown shoes, seems as though he knew beforehand this was coming, and the smirk on Bush’s face says it all. Probably a staged incident.

Where were those reflexes when he was told that the United States was under attack on 9-11-he sat there like the idiot he is for over 7 minutes looking dumbfounded, his natural state-of-mind.

Loved the bronze shoe with the shrub in it.

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By Inherit The Wind, April 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

JFoster2k, April 9 at 5:57 pm #

Look, as bad as Bush was, he was still a foreign dignitary and the shoe throwing incident, while justified, was still a violation of the law. Muntadhar al-Zaidi had to be punished.

I’m sure Iraqi prisons are by no means the Club Med’s we have in the US, but I’d hazard a guess this particular inmate is not being treated too badly… at least I hope not. Personally, I want to see him do his time, but if he happens to get royal treatment while doing so, all the better for justice sake.
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In a nutshell.  While I empathize with him, you don’t get away with attacking foreign leaders, even when they are a putz like Botch.  I’d like to see the sentence reduced to time served and an apology to the United States (if not to Botch)

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By Boyless Dogg, April 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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Ahh, for a world where we could resolve our problems by throwing our loafers.

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By JFoster2k, April 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Look, as bad as Bush was, he was still a foreign dignitary and the shoe throwing incident, while justified, was still a violation of the law. Muntadhar al-Zaidi had to be punished.

I’m sure Iraqi prisons are by no means the Club Med’s we have in the US, but I’d hazard a guess this particular inmate is not being treated too badly… at least I hope not. Personally, I want to see him do his time, but if he happens to get royal treatment while doing so, all the better for justice sake.

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By India, April 9, 2009 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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He should be freed immediately!

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By everynobody, April 9, 2009 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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He should have been given Iraq’s medal of merit for attacking the enemy of the people! He’s a true hero!

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By joe coretti, April 9, 2009 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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the shoe thrower deserves a medal not a jail term.

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By bobar, April 9, 2009 at 3:45 am Link to this comment
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He should be punished.  He missed!

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