City of Brotherly Love?

U.K. Daily Mail: Obama Has the Book Thrown At Him

This is the astonishing moment a book was apparently hurled at the head of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia.

The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President yesterday.

It is not clear what the book was, where it came from in the crowd, or why it was thrown at Mr Obama – who did not appear to notice the danger.

Okay, so the Reuters photograph showing the president nearly hit in the head by a flying book (click HERE to see it, as I don’t want the trouble from reproducing it here) almost looks as though it is photoshopped or something, but with the confirmation from the video on the Daily Mail’s site, it certainly looks legit.

After former President George W. Bush was nearly struck by a shoe thrown by an irate Iraqi reporter back in December 2008, the mainstream press lambasted the United States Secret Service and actually questioned whether the same Bush-weariness affecting those in the liberal media elite circles was somehow detracting from the ability of the protective detail to do its job.  I wonder if we’ll see the same thing here.

Still, forget for a moment the security-related questions.  This happened in Philadelphia, people.  Watching the first few minutes of the staged event–so staged, in fact, that even the British press noted that the speech from the president was regurgitated–I couldn’t help but think to myself that there is no better place than the City of Brotherly Love to see liberal policies at work.  And when Vice President Joe Biden went dangerously off-the-cuff, approached the podium after the president had already began to speak, and noted that people were packed in “all the way back to the parking lot, where they can’t even see you,” I figured that the entire event was by design.

And that’s the amazing part.  This was an event in Philadelphia.  Before the president spoke, it was Congressman Chaka Fattah, Congressman(and senatorial candidate) Joe Sestak, gubernatorial hopeful Dan Onorato, Sen. Arlen Specter, and more — it was an all-star event, of sorts, for Pennsylvania lefties.  That the president was almost struck in the head by a flying book there, of all places, says something about the electorate.

Or, of course, it could also say that people in Philly just can’t throw straight.  Although, given how the Phillies are pitching …

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  1. chuck harrison says:

    Jeff,

    Another example of misinformation from the right?

    Who told you: “After former President George W. Bush was nearly struck by a shoe thrown by an irate Iraqi reporter back in December 2008, the mainstream press lambasted the United States Secret Service and actually questioned whether the same Bush-weariness affecting those in the liberal media elite circles was somehow detracting from the ability of the protective detail.” ? It sounds as if somebody on the misimformed right made it up and you are just repeating nonsense.

  2. Say NO to crack says:

    Looks like that guy in the crowd gave Obama the shirt off his back….. and his trousers. That flying booklet is probably a copy of the constitution.

  3. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Chuck,

    Well, for one, the LA Times led with a story entitled “Soul-Searching at the Secret Service.” Pundits took it from there and suggested that it was Bush’s unpopularity which might have subconsciously figured into the breakdown of procedure — chief among those was Bob Beckel at FNC, who suggested it on prime time television. (I recall specifically yelling at my TV.)

    Jeff

  4. C. Klein says:

    Will we all dress as that fellow with the global warming predicted?

  5. John Buyon says:

    Jeff that is a joke…

    the only thing I remember from the bush flying shoe incident were comments about how Ninja he was for avoiding the shoe, and how respectful Bush was afterwards.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RFH7C3vkK4

    You are just making up a whole narrative based on a paranoid viewpoint.

  6. Tory says:

    Nope, no paranoia or misinformation…without listing all the news and blog references to what many perceived initially as an unusually sluggish and restrained response by the Secret Service, here’s a particularly concise write up of the Bush incident..

    http://www.newser.com/story/45413/critics-lace-into-secret-service-over-shoe-attack.html

  7. Chuck Harrison says:

    Jeff,

    I just read the LA Times article you referenced. There was no mention of “soul serching”. They was no “lambasting of the US Secret Servce”. There was no “detracking”.

    You distorted everything that was said in the article.

    Is it worth it to lie to make a point? I think not.

  8. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Chuck,

    Did you bother to read the headline? “Soul-Searching at the Secret Service.”

    Did you bother to read what I wrote? I wrote that the LA Times article served as a jumping-off point for the TV pundits, who turned it into exactly what I said they did.

    Good grief, man.

  9. L. Banks says:

    Let’s get back to Obama and Philadelphia – the real point of this story being Obama is under fire (perhaps it is a book on the Constitution which he seems to ignore creating his own rules for governance) from the public and in particular on the economy. The Rockerfellar Foundation Poll shows 85% of Americans are not happy with the economy. Why should they be? Businesses are closing or cutting workers, new business start-ups are down significantly, cities and states are in a financial death spiral, more people are receiving benefits from the government and the working people are watching their earning power shrink. On top of this there are regulations on top of regulations for every little thing and these are accompanied by taxes. As people discover more about what is in the Obama Healthcare bill, they are appalled because it too contains more taxes such as a sales tax on property being sold. This President plays and parties his way while putting many issues on the back burner, but he helps people like George Soros and PETRA Brazil by giving them taxpayer money to deep drill in Brazil for oil while he has banned US companies from drilling here until this week. Maybe he still has adoring fans, but the majority of the taxpaying public and I emphasize taxpaying is not happy about this President and his policies. The book throwing incident just emphasizes this fact.

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