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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Here's Looking at Shoe

On December 15, Muntadar al-Zaidi, changed the course of a seemingly normal press conference and threw not one, but both of his size 10 shoes at occasional President, and all around numbskull, George W. Bush.

Muntadar has been in prison ever since. He could face up to 15 years in jail. He has more than likely been tortured. ("Tell us where the other shoes are! Tell us!") He's 29, and it's safe to say that his career as an Iraqi journalist is pretty much over. It's reasonable to assume that old Muntadar may never gain "access" to another important press conference ever again. Some have hailed him as a hero, while others have regarded him as a retard. Love him or hate him, Muntadar al-Zaidi certainly did capture the moment.

Truthfully, we will probably never hear from Muntadar al-Zaida again. But we'll certainly always remember the time that Iraqi guy threw both his shoes at Bush. I couldn't tell you what Tommie Smith or John Carlos (68 Olympics Black Power guys) are up to. And nobody even knows the name of the kid who stepped in front of the tanks at Tienanmen Square in 89. But the images stick with us. Call it momentary bravery or temporary insanity. But in these instances, these individuals went against standard operating procedure and listened to their gut, while the rest of us were left shaking our heads in disbelief.

Muntadar al-Zaidi, if it weren't for that black dude getting elected President of the United States, we'd hail you as our Person of the Year. But he did. So you're not.

Good luck in Iraqi jail, bro.


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