Iraqi shoe thrower offered cars, homes and a wife: Report

Iraqi shoe thrower offered cars, homes and a wife: Report

Muntader Al- Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at George W Bush

"This is your farewell kiss, you dog. This is for the widows and orphans of Iraq," Muntazer al-Zaidi had said while throwing a pair of shoes at the then US President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last December.

Now, in preparation for his early release next Monday, following a presidential pardon, the offers are rolling in for Zaidi who has won the adulation of millions in the Arab world, 'The Guardian' reported.

A new four-bedroom home has been built by his former boss. A new car -- and the promise of many more -- awaits. And pledges of harems, money and healthcare are pouring in to his employers, the al-Baghdadia television channel.

"One Iraqi who lived in Morocco called to offer to send his daughter to be Muntazer's wife. Another called from Saudi offering USD 10 million for his shoes and another called from Morocco offering a gold-saddled horse.

"After the event, we had callers from Palestine and many women asking to marry him, but we didn't take their names. Many of their reactions were emotional. We'll see what happens when he's freed," said Editor Abdul Hamid alSaij.

However, Zaidi -- sentenced to three years in jail by an Iraqi court for throwing shoes at Bush -- told his brothers Maitham and Vergam that he has plans to open an orphanage when he leaves jail and will not work again as a journalist.

"He doesn't want his work to be a circus. Every time he asked someone a difficult question they would've responded by asking whether he's going to throw his shoes at them," said Vergam.