Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the world's most famous shoe thrower ― not that there's much competition for that honor ― appeared in a Baghdad courtroom, almost 10 weeks after he flung his footwear at then-President George W. Bush at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Despite the fact that al-Zeidi has been in jail since, has been roughed up by Iraqi police and, he says, subjected to electric shocks ― and is going back to jail until his next court date, March 12 ― throwing those shoes was a career-maker for al-Zeidi.
He was an obscure reporter with an obscure Cairo, Egypt-based satellite TV channel, and is now a folk hero in the Arab world. A large throng of relatives and other supporters greeted him at the courthouse.
This is the first time the world got an explanation for his bizarre action other than what he shouted at the time: ``This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" A simple wave goodbye might have sufficed.