Monday, October 11, 2010

Hooray for Juan James Rodriguez! Double Hooray for Alki David!

Yesterday, at some kind of campaign event in Philadelphia (by the way why is the president of the United States, who isn't up for reelection for another two years, out campaigning in the first place? isn't there a recession or something he should be looking into?), a man streaked in front of the president!
If billionaire Alki David is an honest man, the man who streaked in front of Barack Obama at the president’s rally today in Philadelphia will be paid $1 million for his stunt. The man who performed today’s stunt, which captured the attention of the Drudge Report and an Associated Press photographer, is 24-year-old Juan James Rodriguez, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.
Hooray for streaking! What an innocent, hilarious way to draw attention to yourself. The human body is a wonderful thing, and we should all enjoy looking at it. The fact that it's so startling to people only shows how repressed we all are, still, to this day.

Naturally, since the man did absolutely nothing wrong, he was arrested.
At the start of the rally, local police arrested a naked man for trying to streak past the President as he spoke. Associated Press photographs show the man, with the name of a website written across his chest, being led away past the crowd.
This is the world in which we live. Someone doing something completely harmless gets arrested, while a politician who has claimed to have the right to kill American citizens without a trial gets to give a speech yadda yadda yadda you get it life's not fair and everything is messed up.

Juan James Rodriguez is my hero for the week, but he has to share his award with the man who offered up the $1 million prize, Alki David.
A WACKY billionaire has offered $1million (£638,700) to the first person who streaks in front of US President Barack Obama.

Loaded Alki David has promised to pay out the cash — providing the streaker writes the name of his website "Battlecam" across their chest.

The prank must be broadcast live on Battlecam, a video-sharing community linked to Alki's TV on demand website FilmOn.
That is taken from an article from The Sun that was published back in August. It contains an hilarious photo of what Barack Obama's reaction might look like, if he actually saw a streaker:


That picture is especially poignant given the fact that Mr. Obama apparently didn't actually see the streaker.

Anyway. At the same rally, someone also threw a book at the president.
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.
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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.
Emphasis added because don't they have spell check at abc.com? No proofreaders to check things before they are posted to the world wide web? How about in the secret service? Was it someone in that department who described the "supporter" in such illiterate terms?

You will note that abc.com does not give us the name of the book. That is a shame; the publicity could only help this "overexhuberant" supporter. I would like to think that if I had inadvertently thrown a copy of my own book at the president, the reporters covering the story would care enough to note that the title was ARSOLE FANTÜME, GENTLEMAN IMMORALIST. They might also link to it, as I have done in this post. They might also note that it makes an excellent Halloween gift.

 Streaker Juan James Rodriguez, searching for a copy of Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist. I mean, being arrested for streaking in front of the president.

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