Bush Shoe Sculpture Gets the Boot

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The day after it was unveiled, the Iraqi sculpture in honor of the man who threw his shoes at President Bush, has been taken down on the order of the provincial government. The shoe had been erected at an orphanage in Tikrit. The artist, Laith al-Amiri, constructed the large shoe out of fiberglass, with the help of the orphans who lived there. Shahah Haham, the head of the orphanage, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, “I did take the shoe down immediately and destroyed it; and I did not ask why.” On December 14, 2008, Muntadar al-Zaidi, a TV journalist, threw his shoes at Bush, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq.” He also told Bush, who launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog.” 

The Shoe Didn’t Fit (by Liz Robbins, New York Times)
Shoe Monument in Iraq Demolished (Deutsche Presse-Agentur)


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