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10 years ago, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George W. Bush and instantly became a cult figure

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10 years ago, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George W. Bush and instantly became a cult figure


It was Dec. 14, 2008. Nearly six long, brutal years had passed since the United States invaded Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there. Visiting the country for one last time before he left office, President George W. Bush joined Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a news conference in Baghdad, where he proceeded to argue that the prolonged conflict had been necessary for “world peace.”

Muntadhar al-Zaidi, then a 28-year-old journalist working for the Egypt-based television station Al-Baghdadia, stood up.

“This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” he shouted in Arabic as he hurled a shoe at Bush. The president ducked, and Zaidi let his other shoe fly. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!” he yelled. The prime minister’s guards tackled him, dragged him out of the room as he screamed in pain and threw him in jail.
This guy.
 

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