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On December 14, 2008, as then President George Bush was speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, Mountazer al-Zaidi rose abruptly from about twelve feet away, lifted his right arm, and tossed a shoe at the president’s head while shouting in Arabic: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” Bush ducked and the shoe narrowly missed him. A few seconds later, the journalist tossed his other shoe, this time shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”

Watch again what happened: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2008/12/14/multimedia/1194835546483/bush-makes-final-visit-to-iraq.html

This morning in Baghdad, Al-Zaidi was released from prison after nine months.

The game website Sock and Awe records that, as of this morning, a total of 98,542,514 shoes have been flung through the internet at Bush, in solidarity with Al-Zaidi.

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