Bush Shoe Toss Game Becomes Viral

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 19 2008 10:56 PM
During President George W. Bush's valedictory visit to Iraq, an Iraqi journalist launched his shoes at Bush's head during a press conference. Since then, an assortment of games, animated GIF's, videos, and creative websites have appeared to making light of the journalist's shoe toss. 

Alex Tew, an internet entrepreneur who made history in 2006 by selling a million pixels at a dollar a piece on milliondollarhomepage.com, created a simple flash game, sockandawe, that allows users to throw their own shoes a "Bush".





Tew's "stupid little flash game" started getting millions of hits, and threatened to overload the servers for Tew's new humor site. "We've spent the last three days trying to keep the servers alive and we're meant to be working on our other main startup PopJam. So we whacked it on eBay," he said.

On Ebay, his game went for $7,818 to a British-based internet media company. "It was just a bit of fun, a bit of an experiment," he said. "It's actually turned out to be a useful fundraising exercise for our start-up, which is good given the present economic circumstances."

Other games have proven just as popular, and have tallied over 50 million virtual tosses already. These include:

  • Kast Sko Mot Bush, a cool, catapult-powered game
  • Ninja Bush, which puts the president in a black ninja outfit and lets him return fire with baseballs
  • Bye Bye Bush, which shows the president on an infinite field (and gives players a seemingly endless supply of shoes)
  • Bush Shoe Incident, which tests players' reaction time

Many websites and animated GIFs have also drawn supporters. One website, Thank You for Throwing Your Shoe, asks people to: "Hold up your shoe for Muntadar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi journalist who was arrested for throwing his shoes at President Bush. We don't condone shoe throwing, but we prefer it to war". The site is a gallery of people holding up their own shoes in support, and has hundreds of submissions already.
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Marco C replied on Sat, Dec 20 2008 8:00 PM

I can totally understand why so many people dislike President Bush, but man this get's me fired up. Even if you dislike the president (any president), I feel, you should still respect the office. I didn't vote for Obama and strongly disagree with many of his views, but you can bet that if I ever met the man I'd be respectful.

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Dec 20 2008 8:42 PM

While I respect your right to your opinion and will fight to the death to ensure you can speak it, I have to ask:

Why only shoes? Why can't we throw lawnmowers at Bush?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 8:56 AM

Wow, that is just way too funny!

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jtm55 replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 6:22 PM

Hi All

I totally agree with you Marco. Respect seems to be a lost commodity. Folk know they won't be held accountable for their actions.

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kid007 replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 7:59 PM

Marco C:

I can totally understand why so many people dislike President Bush, but man this get's me fired up. Even if you dislike the president (any president), I feel, you should still respect the office. I didn't vote for Obama and strongly disagree with many of his views, but you can bet that if I ever met the man I'd be respectful.

 

 The day after that happen i went to work and everyone was talking about it. I do get fire up like you Marco not only because is the most disrepectful thing you could do to a human being (WTF is he a kid?) but he is a President! does not matter how much he screw up or whatever you respect him! society accept things like this why? because that how they are! sometimes i just want to go to a remote place far away from all this hypocraisy that we live in....

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tanka12345 replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 10:02 PM

Great Fun! :)

 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 10:44 PM

>> "Folk know they won't be held accountable for their actions."

...especially if you have to respect them solely for their office.

Freedom of speech. It's not just a good idea, it's the law.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Super Dave replied on Sun, Dec 21 2008 11:47 PM

Freedom of speech is great and all, but too often it is used by immature knuckleheads. Being able to get your point across without being disrespectful seems to be a quality that is sorely lacking in many. Back in August of 2006 Hugo Chavez gave a speech at the U.N. concerning George Bush that was very disrespectful. THIS might actually be funny if not for the fact that Hugo Chavez is Venezuela's Presidente.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Dec 22 2008 3:37 PM

The great thing is, we're just as free to point out that Hugo Chavez is a raving nutcase. And, since people in his own country can't, ours is definitely the better system.

This flash game is nothing new.  Political cartoonists have been doing the exact same thing for much longer (trivia:  first political cartoon accompanied Benjamin Franklin's editorial on the british colonies).

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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