U.S. President barack Obama stood grinning in front of a cheering crowd of 17,000 during a campaign rally in Philadelphia on Sunday, when suddenly a book thrown from the crowd whistled past his head.

Obama seemed to be oblivious to the book toss. If he knew that the book narrowly missed his head, he sure didn't indicate it.

Meanwhile, police and Secret Service had their hands full after subduing a man who decided to strip completely naked at the rally.

It isn't clear if the man was the book tosser, or what happened to his clothes. But it is clear that the man's protest action was in reference to the children's storybook fable "The Emperor's New Clothes," about a man -- in this case, Obama -- who is so narcissistic and self-absorbed that he simply can't see his own flaws or the fact that he is being made a fool of.


I wonder if that the hurled book might have contained short stories, including the children's classic "The Emperor's New Clothes"?

The book throwing incident is reminiscent of the infamous shoe throwing incident that occurred at a Bush press press conference in Baghdad in 2008.


An enraged Iraqi journalist stood up and hurled both of his shoes (one by one) at the head of former president George Bush, before being immediately tackled and jailed.

Philly's huge rally is part of Obama's plan to reconnect with black voters and to re-energize his base that got him elected president.


Obama largely ignored black people during his run for president in 2008. Though Obama's support among blacks remains high, he doesn't enjoy the same level of comfort that he did in '08 when he knew for sure that blacks would vote him. The unspoken opinion in the black community is "What have you done for me lately"?

With high unemployment and a housing crisis that is nearing the critical stage, Obama and the Democrats are attempting to avoid a bloodbath in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 2.

Republicans need to pick up 40 seats to win power in the House and would need to gain 10 seats in the Senate to take control from the Democrats.

Governing parties typically lose seats in U.S. midterm elections, which take place in the middle of a president's four-year term. But polls indicate that Democratic losses are likely to be particularly severe. [link]

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  • Al-Ameera

    They can seem to do anything and get away with it

  • HotTamale

    Al-Ameera says:

    They can seem to do anything and get away with it

    October 11, 2010 at 9:19 am
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    Tell me about it. The level of disrespect towards the President is astounding. I am simply amazed that people disregard the blatant message that some Americans are sending...."we may have to live with you (blacks) and you may even become President..but we don't have to respect you". Geez.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XjQ renegadesince1985

    :cosign: #1 and #2

  • ysoserious

    But it is clear that the man’s protest action was in reference to the children’s storybook fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” about a man — in this case, Obama — who is so narcissistic and self-absorbed that he simply can’t see his own flaws or the fact that he is being made a fool of. - Sandra Rose
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    Unless the man himself is on record saying that... :coffee:

    Anyway, morning everybody, especially those that got today off. :yahoo:

  • Man, I just don’t care™

    @SANDRA ROSE
    "But it is clear that the man’s protest action was in reference to the children’s storybook fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” about a man — in this case, Obama — who is so narcissistic and self-absorbed that he simply can’t see his own flaws or the fact that he is being made a fool of."
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    :rofl:

    This is funny on soooo many levels. It is horribly inaccurate because the two incidents are unrelated. The "streaker" was trying to win a million dollars by some sort of radio contest, as "reported" anyway.

    Also, the reference to the book: "The Emporer's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Anderson was creative and ingenius on your part. I loved that story and cite it routinely in cases of obvious ignorance. :yes:

  • ysoserious

    Manscar! Where you been?

  • Man, I just don’t care™

    @YSOSERIOUS
    "Manscar! Where you been?"
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Nigga been workin and chit.

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    I hope that break that arm and knees just like they did the guy who threw the shoe in Iraq. Regardless of your political views, physical acts of violence or exhibitionism are disrespectful and totally inappropriate. Its a shame that you are blinded by your hatred of the President of the United States that you cannot acknowledge when people are #DEAD WRONG! All I know is if that book had hit him in the back of the head it would have been a different story and we would of saw a different Obama!

  • J2201987

    Something tells me that Sandra is currently missing a book.

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    Uhm this photo is photoshopped. I watched the video and that is not the background. Whatever was thrown (it's not clear enough to determine weather or not it's a book) is NOT as clear as that photo posted. :nono:

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    that is not photo shopped. what are you talking about. it was LIVE on cspan. what tape were you watching? it was obviously a book. http://www.examiner.com/american-politics-in-vancouver/barack-obama-video-1

  • SunnyPA

    I thought about attending that rally. The Roots had a free concert and there was plenty of free food. Sunday was a great day for a party in the park.

  • ysoserious

    @ iscream

    I thought something looked funny about that pic but I wasn't sure.

    Sandra, move to the left boo, cause you know you ain't right. :nono:

  • ysoserious

    @ Manscar

    I thought some big girl finally had you in her clutches and had flucked you into submission. :lol:

  • http://twitter.com/k_cicero Kezi

    :yawn: are your arms tired from reaching yet Sandy? Wish I would've made it to the rally, but the wedding was beautiful, wouldn't have missed it for the world. Love that our prez keeps coming to philly which is predominately Black...

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    iscream says:

    Uhm this photo is photoshopped. I watched the video and that is not the background. Whatever was thrown (it’s not clear enough to determine weather or not it’s a book) is NOT as clear as that photo posted. :nono:
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    ysoserious says:

    I thought something looked funny about that pic but I wasn’t sure.

    Sandra, move to the left boo, cause you know you ain’t right. :nono:
    ______________________

    proberson07 says:

    that is not photo shopped. what are you talking about. it was LIVE on cspan. what tape were you watching? it was obviously a book. http://www.examiner.com/american-politics-in-vancouver/barack-obama-video-1
    ________________

    :coffee:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    ysoserious says:

    Anyway, morning everybody, especially those that got today off. :yahoo:
    __________________

    Wait, today is a holiday? I had no idea. Why am I working? :shrug:

  • http://www.amazon.com/gotta-make-Heaven-going-thru/product-reviews/1448656729/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_t iscream

    And again!

    I looked at the video posted and when that "book" was thrown there is a crowd of people standing behind President Obama and no trees. In the picture above there is no crowd and trees. Not to mention the object that was thrown is not as clear as that fake picture posted above.

  • Lady_L

    proberson07 says:

    I hope that break that arm and knees just like they did the guy who threw the shoe in Iraq. Regardless of your political views, physical acts of violence or exhibitionism are disrespectful and totally inappropriate. Its a shame that you are blinded by your hatred of the President of the United States that you cannot acknowledge when people are #DEAD WRONG! All I know is if that book had hit him in the back of the head it would have been a different story and we would of saw a different Obama!

  • jay Bee

    DUMMIES!!! Some ppl dont even kno who dey voting for.. they jus vote.. you ask them , who ur voting.. they say anybody thats black... DUMMIIES!!

  • Iblondon

    Is Obama still coming out with that children's book? Cause I know of a new black author that has a children's book out that has a really positive message for little girls. Her book was written long before the President's.

  • Iblondon

    @jaybee that's true. When I was old enough to vote (2000), I wasn't really hip to politics, so when I vote the first time, any office I didn't know, I voted for whoever name sounded black, shame on me lol, but I was younger then.

  • Sexylenalove

    Funny, this book was thrown with no malice. This is my neighborhood. A writer in the crowd wanted the president to have his book. It was a really risk way to get it to him.

  • Sexylenalove

    risky

  • http://www.tt-time.com/ m9ser1

    the puerto rican guy that streaked said that he did it because a company said they would pay 1 millon dollars to anyone that did it if they screamed the company's name and had it painted ontheir body.. he said he needed the money for his sister's operation...the name of the company escapes me..he's out on $4,000 bail