Both the shoes of the angry Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi missed the target. The young man is now cooling his heels in a remand centre and faces up to seven years in prison. But Bush-haters are having a whale of a time on and off the Internet.
Dozens of video games are making the rounds, offering a chance to players to do what al-Zeidi couldn't.
AdvertisementHit President Bush in the face, do it, urges the Shock and Awe browser game and keeps counting. At one stage the tally showed over three million hits. The Flying Babush and Bush's Boot Camp games offer similar action.
Comedic video cut-ups like b3ta.com user printmeister have created a funny take-off from the ever popular The Matrix. (http://www.b3ta.com/users/profile.php?id=21975)
Documentary footage of the shoe-toss has proven popular online as well, with various clips showing the incident in raw form and slow motion, quickly racking up millions of views, writes Lewis Wallace on Wired.
Meanwhile, al-Zeidi, a journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, is well on his way to becoming the international hero of Bush haters. A Facebook group dedicated to al-Zaidi — who capped his shoe-toss with the soon-to-be-immortal words, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" — already shows hundreds of fans.
"Great job!" wrote Facebook user Khan Zada on the fan page. "The real hero. God bless you mate."