October 11th, 2010
09:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Rally shenanigans: Book thrown at Obama; naked man arrested

(CNN) – President Obama got the book thrown at him – literally.

In what was one of the president’s stranger campaign rallies, an unidentified individual in the crowd threw a book at Obama just after he wrapped up his remarks at the event in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The president did not appear to notice the flying projectile, which was caught on video, though it did appear to miss him by only a few feet.   It’s not clear what book in particular was thrown, or why.

In other strange rally news, police arrested a naked man who apparently was engaged in a publicity stunt for a website.

According to the Weekly Standard, the streaker was prompted by billionaire and social media guru Alki David’s pledge to pay $1 million to the first person who streaked at an Obama rally, so long as the streaker had David’s website written on his chest.

David told the Weekly Standard he would send money – in cash, not check – after he reviews the video.

Filed under: 2010 • President Obama
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  1. austinypc

    Will the book throower be charged for littering as was the case of DC Discovery channel terrorist who once spread money on the street sidewalk ?

    October 11, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Cat

    Where was the damn Secret Service?

    October 11, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    It was the an Economics 101 for Dummies book!!! Even though it would still be above his level of understanding......

    October 11, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Joel Deutscher

    Shoe thrown at President G.W. Bush = "hilarious anecdote".

    Book thrown at President Obama = "serious political commentary involving a former professor of Constitutional Law somehow not knowing anything about the Constitution".

    Did I miss something? Seems like the GOP are really clutching at straws now...

    October 11, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Terry from West Texas

    I don't think the person who threw the book should get more than a year in prison – but certainly no less.

    As for you Byrd, with your vague threats of Civil War. What is your plan. Are you going to shoot the people in your neighborhood who put up Vote for Obama signs in 2012? Are you going to toss grenades into elementary schools located in Democratic districts? Are you going to poison the water supply of large cities in Democratic states? Be a man. Tell us what you have in mind.

    And for you moronic Conservatives who think it is so clever to repeat the same weak joke 500,000 times, thanks for commenting that it must have been the Constitution. If someone threw a book at Sarah Palin, she would shriek, "My God, what IS that thing?"

    October 11, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It kinda is too bad that the Constitutional definition is so narrow. The Constitutionally-defined Presidential Oath of Office reads:

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    If violating that had been made a part of the definition of treason, we could "throw the book" at Obama–he, like most Presidents since at least FDR, has done his best ignore and circumvent the Constitution.

    October 11, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Confused

    Uh, where was the Secret Service? Can you attempt to do your job please?

    October 11, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. momof3

    there!!!! how many liberals laughed OUT loud when that Middle Easterner threw a shoe to our president and thought he deserved it. I had friends invited an "important person" from other country to come to a gathering and that person told the crowd that Bush was a war criminal... and that happened here in our land!!!
    This kind of attitude must be STOP. As much as we disagree with our president, we MUST respect our leader,. Gosh... I am an immigrant, come to this country 16 years ago, legally, is amazed to see what 'free speech' working so 'WELL' mostly with disrespect – SAD!!!!

    October 11, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Kyle

    It's too bad. We all like to blame some party or party leader for these kinds of actions. This guy was just a nut. Nuts are on both sides. Remember when Bush got a shoe thrown at him? That guy was a nut, too.

    So let's move on from insulting people that had nothing to do with it, and lets continue debating the issues that matter. Shall we?

    October 11, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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