Obama Subjected To Literary Projectile In Philadelphia

A slight security lapse at a rally in Philadelphia yesterday:

This is the astonishing moment a book was apparently hurled at the head of 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.

As it turns out, there really wasn’t any danger at all as CBS White House Reporter Mark Knoller reported this morning on Twitter:

Secret Service says it interviewed book thrower & deemed there was no threat intended – he just wanted Obama to have a copy of his book.

A spokesman calls the book thrower “overexuberant.” He exercised bad judgment, said a USSS spokesman, but was not arrested or charged.

I suppose that’s one way to promote your book.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Herb says:

    Too bad there wasn’t video so we can see how Obama’s cat-like reflexes compares to Bush’s.

  2. Eric Scheie says:

    A hell of a way to boost Amazon ratings, no?

    I learned about a man named Sajid Ali Khan who says it was his book, and I think I may have identified the title.