The Iraqi man who hurled his size 10 Nikes at President Bush this weekend may be in government custody but nothing can stop his adulation. Muntathar al Zaidi, a correspondent for the Baghdadiya television station, has five Facebook fan pages, the largest of which has more than 6,000 fans, and a job offer from a Broward County, Florida blog called The Juice which is affiliated with the local alternative newspaper. (With all of the journalists unemployed right now, the shoe thrower’s getting job offers?)
Now, a Saudi Arabian man says he’ll pay $10 million for the shoes. Some Secret service guy or janitor is about to get a major Christmas bonus.
GulfNews.com via Luxist: The offer comes from 60-year-old Hassan Mohammad Makhafa of Aseer (south west of Saudi Arabia). He’s prepared to sell all his properties – which would be going to his sons – to purchase the shoes, which he describes as a “medal of freedom.”
He apparently has plans to enshrine the shoes.
And, in case you’ve been living under a rock and thus have no idea what we’re talking about, here’s the video of the shoe attack in question: