Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Blogoboots - footing the bill for bad behavior

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January 20, 2009 marked the last day in office for George W. Bush. Nine days later, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was kicked out of office after being found guilty of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat. But that’s not the only similarity between these two unpopular political figures.


On December 15, 2008, Dubya dodged a pair of shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist. Seven days later, a life-size cardboard cutout of Governor Blagojevich stood in downtown Chicago, allowing passersby to throw three shoes at him for a $1 donation to the Neediest Kids Fund.


The event, which only lasted an hour, was held on Michigan Avenue just outside WGN Radio’s Tribune Tower studio and was called “Pay to Play and Throw a Shoe at Blagojevich.”


Since the event was so limited, WB set out to find our own version of the game that anyone can play in the comfort of their homes. And we found it. As an added bonus, the online version allows players to choose their victim, which can also be Bush.

Unfortunately, the game offers only those two options. We suggest that the Wall Street executives who made sure to collect $18.4 billion in bonuses this year despite receiving bailouts from American taxpayers should be next in line for the shoe-throwing honors.


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