Well done, President George W. Bush. As a sportsman, I admired your ducking capability and your witty response when, on receiving an Iraqi journalist’s shoes, you reacted by saying that “the shoe number is 10″.

Why don’t you try these shoes for a change…and know if it pinches? You insisted on a “farewell” visit to your favorite destination — Iraq. It seems that “boots” were destined to be your last historic gift from your hosts.

(Remember the old song: These boots are made for walking…And that’s just what they’ll do…One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.)

The BBC reports: “In the middle of the news conference Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi stood up and shouted ‘this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,’ before hurling a shoe at Mr Bush which narrowly missed him.

“Showing the soles of shoes to someone is a sign of contempt in Arab culture.

“With his second shoe, which the president also managed to dodge, Mr Zaidi said: ‘This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq’.” More here…

Update: Here is what the reports from the Arab world indicate about this episode…Pl click here…
And here is what the Iraqi journalist’s brother has to say…

Some interesting “shoe” quotes come to mind:

“These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.” — Charles Barkley

“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings.” — Lewis Carroll (English Logician, Mathematician, Photographer and Novelist)

“Three quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” — Elvis Presley

“Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.” — Nicholson Baker

“We Americans are world leaders and we must lead by example – particularly in times that require careful deliberation before any precipitous action – lest we fail to walk in the shoes of those we might injure.” — Peter Yarrow

(Photo above of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi courtesy AP/BBC)

And don’t forget to read the memorable piece in Huffington Post…Please click here…

Here are some interesting comments…“Was al-Maliki signaling where he wanted the next one thrown?” (The photo shows Maliki extending a hand to protect Bush’s head from the shoe.)

SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist
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