Crisis averted: Man who threw book at Obama was “overexuberant” supporter

posted at 6:28 pm on October 11, 2010 by Allahpundit

Thank goodness. When I heard about it, I feared that an angry, violent, Obama-hating ultraconservative was responsible. Which is to say, I thought maybe Joe Manchin had done it.

Alternate headline: “Obama apparently still has at least one supporter left.”

In video of the President, the book appears as little more than a blurr hurdling past his head to his left as he waved to the crowd on his right. It is not clear how close the book came to him but it is apparent the President does not notice it at all. The paperback seems to be coming from the direction of the audience penned in closest to the stage, not from the thousands of other spectators behind barricades farther back…

The US Secret Service found and interviewed the man who threw the book onstage. He was deemed to be an “overexhuberant” supporter who wanted the President to have a copy of a book he had written, according the Special Agent Edwin Donovan of the Secret Service in Washington. “He was deemed not to be a threat and was not arrested,” Donovan told ABC News.

I’ve searched high and low and can’t find the name of the guy who threw it or even the title of the book. Note to self: If you’re looking to exploit a presidential rally for promotional purposes, taking off your pants may be required.


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yeah, I wonder what book it was too….I don’t think it was Meggie Mac’s book (although that’s probably all that it’s good for)

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Note to self: If you’re looking to exploit a democratic hosannah shouting presidential rally for promotional purposes, taking off your pants may be required.

FTFY gratis homey

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM

A book shaped shoe.

BigWyo on October 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Note to self: If you’re looking to exploit a presidential rally for promotional purposes, taking off your pants may be required.

*giggle*

ladyingray on October 11, 2010 at 6:32 PM

It was a copy of the Constitution. It was aimed at his head perfectly but PBHO’s personal aura automatically deflects anything having to do with freedom.

Bishop on October 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Governing For Dummies?

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM

“I’ve searched high and low and can’t find the name of the guy who threw it or even the title of the book.”

GatewayPundit reports it was Sajid Ali Khan, I guess based on Khan writing about it on his blog.

Dusty on October 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Book tosser’s name:

Sajid Ali Khan

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/10/figures-book-tosser-is-a-crackpot-obamabot/

jjrakman on October 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Yes that is the spin… but what is the truth? Passive agressive?

petunia on October 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I thought it was the streaker throwing his underwear at Barry. hoping he will get lucky if the One later.

bayview on October 11, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Another chapter in a failed Presidency.

Ordinary1 on October 11, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I thought it was the streaker throwing his underwear at Barry. hoping he will get lucky if with the One later.

bayview on October 11, 2010 at 6:37 PM

bayview on October 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Why am I sceptical?

OldEnglish on October 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Well the thrower is probably better off writing, because he sure can’t pitch! lol

Just kidding. I don’t like anyone throwing anything at any President…but I had to get a joke in there just the same. :D

capejasmine on October 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM

based on Khan writing about it on his a blog …

Not his blog … sorry about that.

Dusty on October 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Maybe the book was “Out of Africa”?

Good Solid B-Plus on October 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM

He’ll be tied to the Tea Party somehow.

tommer74 on October 11, 2010 at 6:40 PM

He was throwing a copy of Das Kapital to Obama, thinking it would work like spinach on Popeye.

Chuck Schick on October 11, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Obama supporters really are crazy.

Yes that is the spin… but what is the truth? Passive agressive?

petunia on October 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

passive-progressive… er I mean aggressive-progressive… er or maybe passed-out regressive.

Scrappy on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Listen ‘N’ Learn Fluent Austrian In Just Six Weeks?

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

A thousand paper cuts…

SouthernGent on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

taking off your pants may be required.

Clinton approves this message.

John the Libertarian on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Note to self: If you’re looking to exploit a presidential rally for promotional purposes, taking off your pants may be required

Dont do this around Bill Clinton (Surgeon General’s Warning)

William Amos on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

How To Win Friends And Influence People?

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Listen ‘N’ Learn Fluent Austrian In Just Six Weeks?

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 6:41 PM

+30!!

LOLzz

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 6:44 PM

jjrakman on October 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

The saddest part is that the guy actually believes Obama cares about his ideas.

txhsmom on October 11, 2010 at 6:44 PM

What’s disturbing to me is that people are still buying this shmuck’s shtick. Yes I’m talking about 0bama and his clueless brain dead zombie supporters.

long_cat on October 11, 2010 at 6:46 PM

The guy comes off as a total nutcase. Or in other words, your typical Obama supporter.

JammieWearingFool on October 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Illustrated History of all 57 States

carbon_footprint on October 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM

No way….the book’s title was “Celebrating Failure“.

rbendana on October 11, 2010 at 6:49 PM

When I saw the pic I thought for sure this was the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Zero-Year-John-Hayward/dp/1452848149/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1286837518&sr=8-1

Mark1971 on October 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Sajid Ali Khan

Over-exuberant supporter or dry run? I hope they checked his background thoroughly.

KSgop on October 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM

My Life, My Love, My Nittaly Lions, by Joe Paterno

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Refurbishing Ancient Greek Columns

JonPrichard on October 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Thank heaven the “O” in that poster is intact.

sulla on October 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

No way….the book’s title was “Celebrating Dreams of My Failure“.

rbendana on October 11, 2010 at 6:49 PM

FIFY

GnuBreed on October 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM

The Spaz of Khan.

TexasDan on October 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM

No doubt some socialist manifesto.

ButterflyDragon on October 11, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Crisis averted: Man who threw book at Obama was “overexuberant” supporter

Ok, is that Obamaspeak for a liberal wingnut with buyer’s remorse?

Oldnuke on October 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

The guy comes off as a total nutcase. Or in other words, your typical Obama supporter.

JammieWearingFool on October 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM

He really does. He also seems narcissistic like his idol.

NTWR on October 11, 2010 at 7:04 PM

It’s doesn’t matter who the POTUS is, you ought not be doing that.

Chip on October 11, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I laughed. I know, that’s truly awful of me, security risk and all. But the image is ripe for photo shopping…couldn’t stop giggling.

Bee on October 11, 2010 at 7:06 PM

AP I hate to tell you this but what you think is cute and funny calling Manchin an ultraconservative plays into his hands to get elected to the Senate. Manchin is a liberal he gets elected we will never be rid of him. He will be another Dick Durbin.

That is a conservative State and when people read your opening they will take that to heart. Until the elction is over do Manchin no favors.

Jdripper on October 11, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Qur’an?

BKeyser on October 11, 2010 at 7:19 PM

“He was deemed not to be a threat

After what this president has done to the country, every Obama voter should be deemed a threat.

ThePrez on October 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM

the book appears as little more than a blurr hurdling past

J-School grad

Christien on October 11, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Senator Specter has stepped forward and offered to chair a Congressional Investigation into the incident.

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2010 at 7:23 PM

AP I hate to tell you this but what you think is cute and funny calling Manchin an ultraconservative plays into his hands to get elected to the Senate. Manchin is a liberal he gets elected we will never be rid of him. He will be another Dick Durbin.

That is a conservative State and when people read your opening they will take that to heart. Until the elction is over do Manchin no favors.

Jdripper on October 11, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Are you serious? You’re telling AP not to make sarcastic jokes because West Virginia voters might come onto his site and take them seriously?

I concede that there are some people that dense in existence, but I doubt you’ll find many reading Hot Air.

RINO in Name Only on October 11, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Old depression slogan, buddy can you spare a dime to New recession slogan, buddy can you spare some underwear.

Hummer53 on October 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Obama, being the ultra high-tech brainiac all the big media pundits told us he was in 2008, shouldn’t this guy have been throwing a Kindle at him?

jon1979 on October 11, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Wasted opportunity.

Alden Pyle on October 11, 2010 at 7:42 PM

The Federalist Papers

Mojave Mark on October 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM

“Waterlogged: What The Seven Socialist Utopian States Were Like Before They Flooded Due to Global Warming”

p40tiger on October 11, 2010 at 7:49 PM

KHAAAAN!

p40tiger on October 11, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Some deranged fan boy throws a book at Obama and the Media goes off the deep end screeching about the climate of hate violence and racism being caused by the Tea Party and High profile conservatives. Meanwhile Sarah Palin was forced to beef up her security at a recent event because of a rather serious death threat and the Lame stream media barely even reports it.

Hellrider on October 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Just from that photo I can tell that the book came from the back, and to the left…back, and to the left…back, and to the left.

But was there a second reader?

DrAllecon on October 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I think I called this.

Jaibones on October 11, 2010 at 10:05 PM

How can he not be arrested? I mean, EVERYone knows you don’t throw things at POTUS, regardless of motivation.

I hope he at least rec’d a stern lecture. Sheesh.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 12, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Hellrider on October 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I hadn’t heard about that. Wrote about it here and h/t you at the end.

Bee on October 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

From Ann Compton’s ABC reporting about the “non-incident”:

“The US Secret Service found and interviewed the man who threw the book onstage. He was deemed to be an “overexhuberant” supporter who wanted the President to have a copy of a book he had written, according the Special Agent Edwin Donovan of the Secret Service in Washington.
. . . .

In other words . . . the headline might as well have been:

Bookish Unidentified Larboard Leaning Supporter Heaves Intimate Tome

Stupidly Trusts Obama Reads Yawners

Trochilus on October 12, 2010 at 9:33 AM

How To Get Arrested for Dummies.

profitsbeard on October 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM