A friend of mine had a wacky idea: The country should get together and send outgoing George W. Bush a going away present to express our gratitude for "all Mr. Bush as done to uphold our laws under the Constitution of this country while representing American justice in other countries around the world."
Her suggestion? Show president Bush just how much you care by sending him your left shoe.
Here's the release she sent out to a bevy of national and local media outlets:
As everyone is aware, an Iraqi reporter recently threw his shoes at the President in a momentary fit of anger as Mr. Bush was extolling the good that has come from the deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqi men, women, and children "solely" through the actions of his administration. Perhaps if this reporter had thought about his actions prior to his rash decision, he wouldn't have thrown those shoes. Therein lies the flaw in the logic behind his deed -- he should have thought about it first, then thrown them.
To correct this error in Iraqi judgement and in tribute to Mr. Bush's subsequent reply to the incident that "being able to throw shoes at the president if one should so desire" is what "democracy is all about," there is now an American movement "afoot" to consciously present the soles of American shoes to Mr. Bush as he leaves the presidential office. No momentary madness -- just a logical expression of our appreciation for everything he has done, both for the people of Iraq and the people of the United States, but in celebration of the good, old-fashioned, sensible shoes-type democracy that we once had.
If you would like to demonstrate your sentiments regarding all Mr. Bush as done to uphold our laws under the Constitution of this country while representing American justice in other countries around the world, you might consider sending your tired, worn-out shoes to Mr. Bush in a show of support for his tired, worn-out political philosophies. And, if you believe his policies have indeed been holy in nature, as he has purported, being ordained by God and all, you might even consider sending him shoes that are in especially "holy" condition.
As you read this, Shoes For the President are being sent to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500