Bush Celebrated in Tikrit, Saddam’s Hometown, with Statue

Perhaps it is not politically correct to cheer for others as they body slam our former President Dubya. But the residents of Tikrit in Iraq went a long way to honor the Bush legacy with a sculpture that is, how shall we say, soleful.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

OK, now I am convinced the Iraq War was the right thing to do. Even in Saddam Hussein’™s hometown the citizens are honoring him with a statue. There it is on the left. Isn’™t it beautiful? From ABCNews:

When an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at George W. Bush last month at a Baghdad press conference, the attack spawned a flood of Web quips, political satire and street rallies across the Arab world.

Now it’™s inspired a work of art.

A sofa-sized sculpture ‘” a single copper-coated shoe on a stand carved to resemble flowing cloth ‘” was formally unveiled to the public Thursday in the hometown of the late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.

Officials and visitors walked around the outdoor sculpture during the brief ceremony, pondering on its eccentricities ‘” such as a tree poking up from the shoe’™s interior.

Its sculptor called it a fitting tribute to the shoe hurler, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, and his folk hero reputation in parts of the Muslim world and beyond.

The Baghdad-based artist, Laith al-Amari, said the work honors al-Zeidi and ‘œis a source of pride for all Iraqis.’ He added: ‘œIt’™s not a political work.’

Not since the Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe has a person meant so much to cobblers and shoe sellers everywhere. Heck, if I were Nike I would think of signing Dubya up for a personal services contract.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 by Richard Blair |

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