November 14, 2018, 5:56

Guy Who Hurled Shoes at George W. Bush Running for Iraqi Parliament (VIDEO)

Guy Who Hurled Shoes at George W. Bush Running for Iraqi Parliament (VIDEO)

The Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing both of his shoes at then-US President George W Bush in December 2008 is running for Parliament in the country’s upcoming election on a platform of anti-corruption and opposing the American occupation.

“White House: a stupid institution with smart missiles,” Iraqi Council of Representatives-hopeful Muntadhar al-Zaidi shared in an April Facebook post.

In an April 22 interview with Albawabh News, the former journalist said that after being released from prison, he founded a relief organization for the victims of the US occupation in Iraq and promoted the arrest of Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. His life took a turn for the political and he became more of an activist, joining demonstrations and sit ins.

Iraq is getting rid of terrorists, he noted — now, it must get rid of corruption.

The broadcaster and journalist is well-known for the “shoe throwing incident” in 2008.

Bush told Iraqi press members at the time, “It doesn’t bother me. If you want the facts, it’s a size 10 shoe that he threw… I didn’t feel the least bit threatened by it.”

Speaking to US media a week later, the Texan explained that Zaidi was “looking for notoriety” but that Iraqi authorities should not “overreact.” Zaidi ultimately was sentenced to one year in prison for assaulting a foreign head of state.

However, to some Iraqis, Zaidi was a hero. A large fiberglass and copper statue of the shoe he threw at Bush was erected by an orphanage in the northern city of Tikrit in 2009.

But Bush’s cat-like reflexes prevented any actual bodily harm from occurring. “I didn’t have much time to reflect on anything. I was ducking and dodging,” Bush recalled during the same interview with US reporters.

Bush fell short of following the 5 D’s of Dodgeball — Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge — having only completed two of the maneuvers.


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