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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If the Shoe Fits

Welcome to my hanging

--President Bush, at the unveiling of his portrait

I don't say he's a great man

--Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller


Another documented case of friendly fire.

He’s no Tim Reid, but journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi who launched his shoes at George Bush recently in Iraq gave the lie to warm Iraqi feelings (Many Hail Journalist Who Threw Shoes at Bush.)

This undeniable disdain of a large contingent of the population is also the reason Bush forms large cordons of protest zones around his appearances stateside. Protesters are so far off camera here one might not know they exist. That a thrown shoe could actually land on the dais shows there is hope for democracy in Iraq yet.

In his recent interview with the National Review, President Bush defined compassionate conservatism as meaning that its followers would be prosperous, demonstrating his conflation of Nouveau-Christian ideology with a political philosophy supposedly centered around faith-based initiatives aimed at achieving a level of comfort for those less fortunate ("It's saying to the average person, this philosophy will help you make your life better.") Mr. Bush apparently decided to combine and consolidate, an expedient move for a bear of little brains.

However, if Bush actually adhered to his born-again principles, he might have picked up the shoes and returned them to its owner. That would have been a gesture that would have headed papers around the world, and left a far better legacy than he shall get.

If nothing else, Muntadhar al-Zeidi is a shoe-in for a happy sidebar in future Iraqi history texts. Unconfirmed rumors have it that the next Bush Scotty will be named Tyke.

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Anonymous sheerahkahn said...

I wish I had known that was Arabic for "contempt beyond contempt."
I would have taken my shoe off and held it up over my head as a silent statement about G.W. Bush.
As it is, now that I know the meaning behind the gesture, I will use it as a statement of my sentiment.
My shoe is off for you Bush!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 4:56:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i expect there will be a lot of shoes held aloft for bush in his public appearences from now on.

i am big on saluting the uniform and not the man, hell, i've relied on that deference where my rank got me respect that i was actually deserving of at the time.

still, one of the very telling things about this is an almost total lack of insult or outrage on the part of the american people. folks were willing to go to war over kruschev insulting our ambassador, folks were willing to go to war over "jenk's ear."

insult to bush? nah, next story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 4:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Bush can hide from protesters forced into backwater areas here, but eventually, everyone is outed. You can run but you can't hide.

The shoe shall become the new Lynyrd Skynyrd lighter gesture, Lisa says.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 5:36:00 PM GMT-5  

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