- Baydan has received orders for 300,000 pairs of the shoes since the attack, more than four times the number his company sold each year since the model was introduced in 1999.
“We’ve been selling these shoes for years but, thanks to Bush, orders are flying in like crazy,” he said. “We’ve even hired an agency to look at television advertising.”
The shoe maker, Baydan Ayakkabicilik San. & Tic., is based in Istanbul and markets the brown, thick-soled “Model 271,” the type used by Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi to try and pop Decider George in the face last week — he missed — all over including Iraq, Iran, Syria and Egypt.
Just from Iraq, 120,000 of the shoes were ordered last week.
Ramazan Baydan, who owns the company, said the model may soon be renamed “The Bush Shoe” or “Bye-Bye Bush.”
Sounds about right.
Al-Zaidi reportedly has said I’m sorry to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, but not to Decider George:
- “In a letter to Iraqi prime minister, Muntadhar al-Zaidi has only apologized to Nuri al-Maliki himself,” Fardanews reported, citing comments by an Iraqi source familiar with the case.
“He said that he felt no remorse for throwing his shoes at the ‘Great Satan’, George Bush, and added that he would repeat his actions if he sees him again, because Bush’s forces have killed many of Iraq’s children,” added the source.
The official also said that in a written statement to the judge, al-Zaidi had said that he expected to be killed by the Bush’s body guards after hurling the first shoe.
“It seemed that his bodyguards were not on full alert at the time, that was how I managed to throw the second shoe,” the official quoted al-Zaidi as saying.
Shoe tossing is apparently more than meets the eye.