Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bush Finally Helps the Economy

Forget what the Liberal media says about unemployment reaching a 26-year high. The fact is, George W. Bush has actually helped create new jobs.

At least in Turkey...

Stampede for 'Bush shoe' creates 100 new jobs

Ramazan Baydan, owner of the Istanbul-based Baydan Shoe Company, has been swamped with orders from across the world, after insisting that his company produced the black leather shoes which the Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi threw at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last Sunday.

Baydan has recruited an extra 100 staff to meet orders for 300,000 pairs of Model 271. . . .

Orders have come mainly from the US and Britain, and from neighbouring Muslim countries, he said.

Around 120,000 pairs have been ordered from Iraq, while a US company has placed a request for 18,000. A British firm is understood to have offered to serve as European distributor for the shoes, which have been on the market since 1999 and sell at around £28 in Turkey. A sharp rise in orders has been recorded in Syria, Egypt and Iran, where the main shoemaker's federation has offered to provide Zaidi and his family with a lifetime's supply of shoes.

To meet the mood of the marketplace, Baydan is planning to rename the model "the Bush Shoe" or "Bye-Bye Bush".
Meanwhile, the lawyer for shoe-thrower Muntazar al-Zaidi denies that his client apologized for his actions, as had been reported recently. He also claims that al-Zaidi's medical condition is "very bad" after being beaten by Iraqi security.
"Muntazer al-Zaidi considers what he did when he threw his shoes at President Bush as exercising his freedom of expression, in opposing and rejecting the occupation, which has brought misery to Iraq."

Al-Sa'adi said al-Zaidi was not considering giving an apology to the US president, "not now, nor in the future". . . .

"There are visible signs of torture on his body, as a result of being beaten by metal instruments," al-Sa'adi said.

"Medical reports have shown that the beating he was subjected to has led to him losing one of his teeth as well as injuries to his jaw and ears.

"He has internal bleeding in his left eye, as well as bruises over his face and stomach. Almost none of his body was spared.

If you haven't done so already, you can play the "throw shoes at Bush game" at Sock and Awe.


Anonymous said...

My New NY HERO...According to dave snc

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good awakening.

Garpu said...

I'd really like to buy al-Zaidi a beer. Of course, given Bush's approval ratings, I'd be willing to bet if the guy drank, he'd never be buying his own drinks for quite awhile.

cowboyangel said...

Hey, Dave - Merry Awakening!

And thanks for your call. Was away for the holidays.

I'll check out the link.

cowboyangel said...


Hope you're feeling better.

Yeah, the irony of not drinking. But, hey, he'll never have to buy shoes ever again.

Anonymous said...

I actually earned a bit of respect for GWB when watching the flying shoe footage. If you notice, he does not panic and fairly efficiently synchronizes the movement of his head to just avoid the incoming shoe. Then without delay he is back in position, smiling, and ready to take on the next flying shoe. Also, I thought those were a couple of premium throws. The first flight was practically spot on and then the thrower tweaked the second shoe trajectory to compensate for Bush's dodge of the first one, but with no success thanks to Bush's zen like handling of the situation. Had he demonstrated this capability earlier I might have ... naw, nevermind.

cowboyangel said...

Hey, Lawrence,

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year!

Yes, Bush did move well. He may not have been fit to be president, but we was fit.

One wonders where the Secret Service were in all of this.