Posted Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at 4:55 PM
President Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia over the weekend, and cameras caught a book flying past him. The analysis of What This Meant for America was instant. Glenn Reynolds:
Well, it’s better than a shoe, I guess. But boy, it took Bush a lotlonger to get to the stage where people were throwing things at him.
Our state-run media is so corrupt that they will not report that a book was hurled at Obama and barely missed hitting his head.
American reporters apparently did not seea book being thrown at the president of the United States or a nakedman being hauled away by security. President Bush and the flying shoe? It’s everywhere. It’s everywhere. Obama and the book? Obama and the naked man? You have to go to some right-wing blog to find it . The American press does not cover such matters.
The Secret Service is now shedding some morelight on the circumstances surrounding a man who threw a book atPresident Obama at an event in Pennsylvania Sunday. And they're notthrowing the book at him.
According to Secret Service spokesperson, Ed Donovan, the personinvolved was an overzealous author who just wanted to toss his bookinto the president's reading list.
"He was an over exuberant person who wrote a book that he wanted the president to read," Donovan told CNN.
So it wasn't a case of an angry protester hurling an object at the president he hated! We didn't know that at the start of the day; in 2008, however, we knew immediately that an Iraqi man had thrown shoes at George Bush because the man did so explicitly as a protest. Waiting for the Secret Service to speak to the press, however, is much less fun than spinning a tale of media bias.
Also, quick note: I thought this was a stupid story and asked if reporters felt "shame" when reporting on such things. I apologize to ABC's Ann Compton for saying that -- I really just meant to express my annoyance that stupid stunts get such media pick-up.