The State of Liberty speaks to the hopes of the millions of "huddled masses" who came from Europe to seek a brighter future here. "I lift my lamp," the inscription reads, "beside the golden door."
And now a new one. A huge sculpture of a shoe, CNN reports, has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit orphanage complex in Iraq. It represents, of course, the shoes thrown at then-president George W. Bush during his last visit to Iraq by journalist Muntadhir al-Zaidi.
It's a stroke of genius. The story doesn't say whether they're charging admission but if they are, I'll bet they make a fortune. Would visiting American GIs get a discount rate, or be charged extra?
An estimated 5.1 million Iraqis have been displaced by the war. Will they love the shoe, or rather have real ones? Should there be a motto with it? Take the rest of your stuff and get out? Beat feet? Whatever. Will they sell life-size replicas suitable for throwing at American tourists?
I don't know but you have to admire the Iraqis. It's in idea the late P. T. Barnum, an American owner of circuses, would have just purely loved.
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