October 11th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
8 years ago

'Exuberant' author aims for President, meets Secret Service

(CNN) - The Secret Service is now shedding some more light on the circumstances surrounding a man who threw a book at President Obama at an event in Pennsylvania Sunday. And they're not throwing the book at him.

According to Secret Service spokesperson, Ed Donovan, the person involved was an overzealous author who just wanted to toss his book into the president's reading list.

"He was an over exuberant person who wrote a book that he wanted the president to read," Donovan told CNN.

President Obama did not appear to notice the book being hurled on stage, which was caught on video, as he was concluding his remarks to a Democratic National Committee rally in Philadelphia. But Vice President Biden, who was standing behind the president, apparently noticed the incident.

After Secret Service agents saw the man throw the book, they detained and interviewed him and determined he was not a threat. Because he was not charged, the Secret Service is not releasing any information about the individual.

Everyone who attends presidential events is screened for dangerous objects by the Secret Service. Donovan said they don't plan on changing anything.

"A book isn't considered a dangerous object so we're not going to start prohibiting books or any inanimate objects," he said. "The person threw a book on stage and our agents acted appropriately."

This wasn't the only thing that kept law enforcement officials busy at the rally. Earlier, while the president was speaking, a naked man ran through the audience. He was reportedly responding to a $1 million pledge by a billionaire to become the first person to streak an Obama rally.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Oh brother! SO....... fine, the author got his 15 minutes, let's move on!

    October 11, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Hugo

    Yeah right and the reporter that threw his shoe at Bush was just wanting him to take a whiff of his Dr Scholl's odor eater's. Funny though, the name of the book was "How to live within your means".

    October 11, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. John G

    It's a shame the book missed.

    October 11, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. glen in la

    Who was the billionaire? Is the offer still good? How do we sign up to do a million dollar streak? Talk about an economic stimulus!

    October 11, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. betterdays

    Of course the world wants to know the author's political leanings so that some sort of twisted affiliation can be extrapolated and blame placed... we're waiting with bated breath...

    Or perhaps he's just independently irresponsible.

    October 11, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Ted Lockwood

    I am a strong conservative and not a fan of our current President. BUT he is our President and I won't tolerate any physical harm to him. Lock up the person who threw the book. I have no patience for fools like that.

    October 11, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Orlando Patriot

    So if I throw my shoe at The Obama and said I wanted him just to check out my new Nike's that would be okay?

    October 11, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Buck Ofama

    Next rally I'm bringing "War and Peace"!!!

    October 11, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. SPLAT!~

    Ha! I knew it wasn't a Tea Booger, they don't throw books, they burn 'em!~

    October 11, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Jackie

    Sure. Right. Every left-leaning blog was aflame this afternoon about this incident, all blaming Tea Partiers or anyone right of center with inciting violence. The posters demanded that he be jailed or punished or revoked his citizenship. The posts dissolved into the ridiculous. Now that it's a friendly interaction, there are no apologies, just unearthly silence from the uber-educated crowd who claims a lock on morality. Imagine that.

    October 11, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. sam

    The book didn't even come anywhere near obama. There is a shot of the book landing far behind obama. It was a fan of obama who threw a book at the back of the stage. The media is running with it to give the dems the sympathy factor in the election . Get ready for nine liberals on the supreme court with obama's second term.

    October 11, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    I have to agree with Ted Lockwood. You can see I am no fan of Obama. But he is our current sitting President and the Secret Service would have been completely justified with any response they gave to stop this fool. Plenty of people have been incarcerated for things that were less foolish and reckless.

    October 11, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. sam

    The book was NOT aimed at Obama. The book landed nowhere near Obama. The fan of Obama threw the book at the back of the stage. The media is destroying democracy in this country by doing everything possible to make this a one party nation with their constant talking points from one party.

    October 11, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Books are of interest to President Obama, he can name the books he reads. Can't say that about the Republicans favorite person who can't name one magazine or newspaper, let alone a book.

    October 11, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Dave

    Great well this author just gave the GOP more ammo for their negative campaigns. Obama will definitely want to read his book now!

    October 11, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Dave

    Jackie: the hypocrisy of anyone on the right complaining about others having a "lock on morality" is as self-evident as you are mean-hearted.

    October 11, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. bill

    to: Ted Lockwood
    Some sanity – thank you. I was never a supporter of Bush but I thought he deserved a LOT more respect too. Besides, people should be focused on holding congress accountable. The executive branch is not as omnipotent as people seem to believe.

    October 11, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. walleye46

    At least our current Prez can read.

    October 11, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Bob in PA

    Hopefully the book was titled Economics 101 !

    October 11, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Mark

    The one man arrested and questioned should be the President for his most recent major break of promise. The middle class of America will not see an increse in taxes. Congress has left to campaign for its re election and the Bush tax cuts expire in January 2011, meaning that the American middle class will see shrinking pay checks.

    October 11, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Chuck

    How soon til the book is on ebay?

    October 11, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Totally dumb, irresponsible and disrespectful! If you want the President to read what you've written, write something worth reading and then send him a copy, along with a cover letter. He may or may not read it; afterall, HE'S A LITTLE BUSY!


    October 11, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. barry

    That is a bit hard to believe.

    October 11, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Rick

    I hope they throw the book at this guy. 😉

    October 11, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Teach

    At Obama they throw books with words in them. At Bush they threw coloring books.

    October 11, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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