WASHINGTON (FMLive Wire) -- The shoe hurled at President George W. Bush has sent sales soaring for the Turkish shoe maker as orders pour in from Iraq, the USA, Congress, Iran, Europe and other developing and developed nations.
The gray-brown, thick-soled "Model 271" shoe has been renamed "The Bush Attack Shoe" or "Bye-Bye Bush Brain," said Armazana Babadana who owns the Istanbul-based shoe producer Babadana Armazana and Sons Shoes-To-Go-and-Throw Inc.
"We've been selling these shoes for years but, thanks to Bush, orders are flying in like crazy," he said. "We've hired an agency to push television advertising for this shoe."
Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi hurled a pair of the famous and much coveted shoes at Bush at a news conference in Baghdad on December 14th. Although both shoes missed the president, the journalist was jailed and severely beaten. He is now seeking a pardon from the Iraqi Prime Minister.
Babadana has received orders for 3,000,000 pairs of the shoes since the attack, more than 1,000 times the number his company sold each year since the model was introduced in 1999. The company plans to employ 10,000 more staff to meet demand, he said.
"Model 271" is exported to markets including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Israel, Albania, the EU, Bulgaria, Monaco, the USA, Russia, the Vatican, Canada, Britain, and Indonesia.
Babadana said he received an order this week for 4,000 pairs from the US Congress shoe shop, and indicated he plans to open an outlet here in Washington, DC.
"We have also had personal orders for the shoe from Hillary Clinton, the Pope, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Richard Branson, Dick Cheney, George Soros, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Prince, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie," he added.
"Everyone wants these shoes. They really hate Bush and his idiotic neocons."
--Copyright Felix Minderbinder Live Wire