Obama Rally Mayhem: Book Thrown, Streaker Arrested

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President Obama's rally in Philadelphia on Sunday was filled with surprises: not only was a streaker arrested in the process of trying to win $1 million, a book was thrown at the president as he waved to the audience after wrapping up his speech:



It is rather disturbing to see an object fly so close to the head of the leader of the free world--the last time this happened, an Iraqi journalist was hurling his shoes at President Bush--but the Secret Service has said the man who threw the book did not intend to harm the president: he had actually written the book and hoped Obama would read it.


Statement from the Secret Service, via U.S. News & World Report:

The person who threw the book was just an over exuberant person. Our agents observed him throw it, detained him and interviewed him. He threw a book he had written onto the stage hoping the President would read it. He was deemed to not be a threat and released with no charges.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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