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Monument Unveiled Memorializing Shoe Thrown at Bush

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 3, 2009 in World
That shoe thrown at Bush by an Iraqi last year is back in the news. This time a statue has been erected in its honor. A memorial brings a place for reflection to Arabs who applauded the incident.
. The incident would certainly be something to memorialize because it was high profile news in the latter part of 2008 before Obama’s inauguration in January. So many stories were told of the shoes, and the man who threw them; but one enterprising soul has made the great leap and given the world what it really wants. That’s a monument in honor of the shoe.
The shoe monument was just unveiled to the public last week. It is now on display in the home town of Tikrit, former home of Saddam Hussein. The statue is described as being approximately six feet high and made of fronz, filled with a shrub of plastic. On it is an inscription that honors the journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi who threw the shoe at Bush when the former President of the United States made his final visit to Iraq.
Fatin Abdul Qader, who had the monument erected, is in charge of an organization for children and an orphanage. He had commissioned artist Laith al-Amiri to complete it. The statue is entitled, “statue of glory and generosity.”
The artist’s commitment to doing something memorial came in this statemen made by al-Zaidi "This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw."
The man who threw the shoe became a hero on the Arab street after he threw the shoe at President Bush during a press conference in Iraq.
The journalist, al-Zaidi, remains in a jail in Baghdad awaiting final disposition of his case.
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