Barmy President Obama, who wants to build a great big mosque on the site of Ground Zero is in for a surprise when he visits Manhattan next week. A few thousand residents plan to throw their shoes at him in a sign of disapproval.
Shoe throwing became very popular during the Bush administration, when Muslims habitually threw their shoes at the American President in a sign of defiance at his perceived anti-Muslim policies. Those who didn't happen to be anywhere near the President would throw their shoes at their television screen, though this sometimes led to them breaking the tube. Now, Obama is likely to get a taste of the same medicine.
Opposition to the building of the mosque has been labelled "racist" and "anti-Muslim" by many politically correct organs of the US government. However, opponents of the proposal insist that they are not motivated by bigotry. One protester said that Obama has misjudged the strength of feeling against the mosque, adding that Nine Eleven was the biggest religious hate crime on US soil in history and it would be like building a German army barracks at the site of Auschwitz or a Serbian consulate on the site of the cemetery where thousands of Bosnians who were murdered during the ethnic cleansing of the 1990s are buried.
A spokesman for President Obama said that the President was too busy collecting another peace prize to care less.