Iraq Journalist Who Hurled Shoes At Bush Says Stunt Was 'Planned For Years"

06/21/2010 12:53 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Aexandra Sandels Los Angeles Times

When Iraqi journalist Muntather Zaidi stood up from his seat and hurled his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a December 2008 news conference in Baghdad, shouting "dog" at him, he was hailed as a hero by many in the Arab world and left many others stunned by what appeared to be a spontaneous act of anger.

But in an exclusive interview with Babylon & Beyond, Zaidi said the stunt was something he had carefully planned for years.

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