Apparently George Bush can drop bombs on anyone he likes and strut around the planet like a peacock with a hemorrhoid, but he cannot stop the whole world laughing at him. He seems to be concerned about his legacy, but we all know how King George will be remembered: as the laughing stock of the world, ducking a shoe that most people wished would have hit him.
Who would have thought that a man with a shoe could humiliate the most vulgar leader of the world, when bullets, bombs and bankruptcy could not budge his arrogance? Mr. Al Zaidi will be remembered as a hero who had the courage to do what the entire world has wanted to do, an act he will pay dearly for. But there are no heros who do not take risks for their beliefs. This simple act of defiance inspired millions as well as giving the world the best laugh it has had since King George came to power.
Laughter is a powerful weapon to use against fools as the story below details. It unifies the like minded and takes power away from bullies. Humiliation is the just desert of brutal tyrants, my only regret being that George and his ilk are too thick to understand the depth of their disgrace. Leaders are laughing at Bush from Lapland to Australia (no doubt Putin enjoyed the event tremendously).
In case, dear reader, you are wishing it was you who threw the shoe, you may still make your contribution. You can mail your shoe to the White House: or you can have a vicarious thrill here. Either way, have a good laugh about it and feel better.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil
Latin American leaders meeting in Brazil this week couldn't resist poking fun at U.S. President George W. Bush over his recent shoe-throwing incident in Iraq. "Please, nobody take off your shoes," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva joked to reporters at the start of a news conference on Wednesday.
An Iraqi journalist had hurled his shoes at Bush at a news conference in Baghdad on Sunday, calling him a dog. "In this heat, if anybody takes off their shoes, we'll know right away because of the smell," quipped Lula, reaping laughter from reporters and politicians alike. Earlier in the day, Lula threatened to throw a shoe at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bush's fiercest critic in Latin America, if the long-winded leftist leader spoke beyond his allotted time.
Officials from 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries burst into laughter at the summit meeting, which showcased the region's growing independence from Washington and welcomed Communist-run Cuba for the first time. Even Cuban President Raul Castro, on his first trip abroad since taking over from his ailing brother Fidel earlier this year, was overheard taking a stab at Bush over the shoe affair.
(Reporting by Raymond Colitt, editing by Anthony Boadle)