December 19 2008
Protestors hold shoes up during a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, by Stop the War coalition calling for the guaranteed safety and release of Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at US President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A pile of shoes, seen, dumped in a box outside the US Embassy by demonstrators in London, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Stop the War coalition are calling for the guaranteed safety and release of Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at US President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A Protestor holds a shoe up during a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, by Stop the War coalition calling for the guaranteed safety and release of Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at US President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON (AP) — Protesters shook their shoes at the U.S. Embassy in London on Friday in a show of support for a jailed Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Iraq.
Up to 50 demonstrators, some carrying shoes mounted on sticks, protested the arrest of journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi and called for his release.
“He has stood up against the silence and the lies that we have been forced to take all too often in the British and international media,” said David Crouch, the chairman of Media Workers Against The War, a group representing anti-war journalists.
“Our role is to give a voice to people who don’t have a voice and for that reason al-Zaidi might as well have thrown 27 million shoes at George Bush, because he was speaking for the vast overwhelming majority of the Iraqi population,” Crouch said.
The protest ended when demonstrators dumped their shoes — including high heels, sneakers, and slippers — into a box in front of the U.S. Embassy at London’s Grosvenor Square.
If you are so inclined you could even send Bush a Christmas greeting.
In my wanderings some have suggested either mailing or emailing George Bush shoes. I would also add a picture of another sort myself.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
E-mail George Bush at
Or there is also this event coming up. Be sure to check it out. All shoes collected will be donated to those in need after the event. You may also want to volunteer. It is a lovely farewell bash, to say goodbye to Bush.
I myself am imagining it:
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
All the creatures are stirring, especially those with a mouse.
The hopes are hung by the children with care,
In hopes that Bush might see his own nightmare.
When out on the White House lawn there arose such a clatter,
Bush would spring from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he would fly like a flash,
He would open the shutters and throw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Would give lustre of mid-day to the objects below.
When, before his blind eyes would appear,
But a few million shoes, and a message so clear.
St Nick would spring to his sleigh, to his team give a whistle,
And away they all fly like the down of a thistle.
Bush would hear him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
” Merry Christmas George. And to you this is farewell and a memorable night.”
The little old driver, so lively and quick,
Bush would know in a moment this is so slick..
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
St Nick whistled, and shouted, and called his reindeer by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
And then, in a twinkling, I smile at the views
The prancing and pawing of each little mews.
As I rest in my bed, I think of this dream to astound,
A sight so pleasant and love all around.
All I want for Christmas is this “Little Dream”.
To tell George Bush just what we mean.
The Elves are all thinking…..With Love in their hearts.
One last message to George before he departs.
Just being a helpful Elf.
Friday Imam of Tehran proposed to store a shoes thrown to George Bush by the Iraqi journalist in Baghdad museum.
Muntazir al-Zeydi, reporter of al-Bagdadiyya TV channel of Iraq, threw his shoes at the U.S. President George Bush by saying ‘this is farewell, you dog’ during press conference in Baghdad on Dec. 15.
Iran’s Friday Imam described this move by the Iraqi journalist as a sign of resistance during Friday prayers and said Iranian and Iraqi people should launch shoe campaign for his release, Fars news agency reported.
Muntazir al-Zeydi has been arrested by the security forces of Iraq. A suit has been filed against him. Those who attack President of any country are sentenced to 7-15 years in jail in Iraq.
I like that Idea. It does mark a day in history.