Iraqi shoe thrower has a profitable future


Muntader al-Zaidi's career as a journalist may be over, but there are plenty of other business opportunities for the Iraqi who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush.

The New York Times reported that a Saudi Arabian newspaper had a story that a man offered $10 million for one of the shoes.

In case you haven't heard what happened Sunday night, here are the basics: Al-Zaidi, 29, is a journalist for Al Baghdadia, an Iraqi TV station. As Bush spoke at a press conference, Al-Zaidi rose from about 12 feet away and threw 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 dodged the shoe, and the other one Al-Zaidi threw at him, this time screaming at the president, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!"

He was subdued, beaten and hauled away and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of an aggressive act against a head of a foreign state on an official visit. It's expected to be decided today whether he will go to trial.