What book would YOU throw at President Obama?

We don’t have — and may never have — the identity of the person who threw a book at President Obama Sunday. But according to the Secret Service, we do have a motive.

“The book was thrown by an over-exuberant person,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told Politico. “It wasn’t a threatening thing — the person wanted to give the president the book.”

At the moment, we still don’t know what the book was, although its cover is clear enough in photos that I suspect we’ll find out eventually. (The book-tosser was apparently its author). So here’s the kick-around question for the night crew:

What book would YOU throw at the president in hopes he would read it? This one? This one (available cheap!)? Or this one?

Or this or this?

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Lil' Barry Bailout

October 11th, 2010
6:13 pm

The United States Constitution.

@@

October 11th, 2010
6:14 pm

Friedrich von Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom”.

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 11th, 2010
6:17 pm

A Confederacy of Dunces.

F. Sinkwich

October 11th, 2010
6:21 pm

Good one, Lil. I’d add the Federalist Papers and maybe the The American Patriot’s Bible. Might make Obama re-think his “America is not a Christian nation” notion.

Then again, probably not.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
6:21 pm

Lil Barry
I don’t often agree with you, but on this one, yes! :-)

Doggone/GA

October 11th, 2010
6:22 pm

I wouldn’t throw one. He’d never see it anyway.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
6:24 pm

“It violates all laws of theology and geometry!”

F. Sinkwich

October 11th, 2010
6:24 pm

Then maybe an ECON 101 textbook.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
6:31 pm

JAY
In case you’re here…another suggestion for obscure Eastern European (well, Central) Nobel Prize winners with something to contribute to understanding our times, Imre Kertész, and if you haven’t read it, his “Kaddish for an Unborn Child”
(You should never have posted what you were up to! :-) )

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
6:34 pm

In all seriousness? Juvenal’s Satires with a bookmark at “On Leaving Rome.”

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
6:34 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

October 11th, 2010
6:35 pm

Seeing as how it’s just plain rude, I probably wouldn’t throw a book at Obama, if I was to ever meet him. It was quite classy of the Bruin to plug Josef’s book first, before getting in the plug for his own. How ’bout a book review Jay?

If I ever did throw a book at somebody, it’d probably be cause I was peeved and size would matter more than content. In my childhood days, I was known for laser like aim, when I let a rock fly in somebody’s direction. Don’t remember anybody coming back for a second dose. I guess I inherited it, though, I’ve heard several people talk about the day Daddy was being picked on by a few people. Seems he waited for them to get out in the deep part of the river, where they couldn’t run and then took his revenge. From what the victims told me, there were several knots on several heads that day. I guess it was a lesson well-learned because even when they were well into adulthood, they still wouldn’t mess with him.

Debbie Meglen

October 11th, 2010
6:38 pm

I would throw the one he wrote at him….Dreams of my Father…may then he’d buy a clue that America does not want to be a socialist country nor do we believe any more of his crap!!

Sharon

October 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

I wouldn’t throw a book at president Obama. He’s far better read than most.

Does it matter

October 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

gangstalking

October 11th, 2010
6:39 pm

I would toss him a copy of Closing The Gap. I would likely not throw it at him, but politely hand it to him. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1453803319

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stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
6:43 pm

Dude. I clicked the links. Grinning, how you say, from ear to the ear.

Anyway I’d probably throw this book at my Preznit in hopes he’d giv me turkee:

http://www.amazon.com/Banned-DC-Photos-Anecdotes-Underground/dp/0962094404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286836950&sr=1-1

Jay

October 11th, 2010
6:45 pm

Good one, RW…

Doggone/GA

October 11th, 2010
6:46 pm

“The Koran”

Yes, he could learn a lot from that one…like the fact that Jesus is mentioned more by name in the Koran than is Mohammed

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
6:46 pm

Of course if was something I really wanted him to read I’d bribe somebody to load it into TOTUS.

barking frog

October 11th, 2010
6:47 pm

The New Testament. Suggest he read it with the Pope and
Reverend Wright. Then maybe they could all drop the pretension.

Don Gaspar

October 11th, 2010
6:49 pm

The Audacity of a Dope

carlosgvv

October 11th, 2010
6:49 pm

How about 1984?

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
6:49 pm

JAY

I just linked that! Thanks for the plug!

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
6:50 pm

RW! You magnificent bast@rd! I read Harvey Penickis book!

(thing is, Obama probably has too.)

jt

October 11th, 2010
6:50 pm

The biggest , heaviest one I could find.

If I thought he was going to read it,

Star Parker’s “Uncle Sam’s Plantation”.

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
6:53 pm

jt, read this.

Recognize anyone in there?

I’m serious about this. I’m kinda worried about you and that deep end you seem headed toward.

Don't Forget

October 11th, 2010
6:53 pm

Probably wouldn’t throw one but I’d be tempted with this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Free-Lunch-Wealthiest-Themselves-Government/dp/1591841917

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
6:54 pm

Penick’s book, too.

(jeez.)

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
6:55 pm

thing is, Obama probably has too

Have you seen his swing? I think he read Charles Barkley’s golf swing primer.

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
6:59 pm

I think he read Charles Barkley’s golf swing primer.

Or Vlad Guerrero’s perhaps?

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
7:01 pm

And we’ve come full circle…

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
7:03 pm

Steinbeck’s “The Short Reign of Pippin IV” so he’d know things could be worse!

Jay

October 11th, 2010
7:04 pm

The book is ACADEMIC knowledge, RW, but applying it is the hard part.

popeye

October 11th, 2010
7:04 pm

I’d throw a clean crisp spiral right on the numbers of a copy of “Rush is a big fat idiot” Al Franken

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
7:05 pm

stands for decibels

October 11th, 2010
7:07 pm

Don't Forget

October 11th, 2010
7:08 pm

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
7:12 pm

but applying it is the hard part

That’s what I get for being a natural.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
7:15 pm

SFD
Did a major Steinbeck re-read recently…that one was on it!

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
7:22 pm

jconservative

October 11th, 2010
7:23 pm

I would recommend, not throw, Allison Weir’s “Eleanor of Aquitaine”.
After Obama read it he could turn it over to everyone in Defense and State involved with Afghanistan so they could realize the futility of trying to deal with a 12th century feudal state.

Eleanor, “By the Grace of God, Queen of France” and later “By the Grace of God, Queen of England” was perhaps the greatest feudal leader ever. But even she would not succeed in Afghanistan.

Weir’s book is stunning.

Doggone/GA

October 11th, 2010
7:25 pm

“so they could realize the futility of trying to deal with a 12th century feudal state”

Should have sent it to Bush

RB from Gwinnett

October 11th, 2010
7:29 pm

SFD, saw your post from earlier today directed at me. The part of my comment about the AJC’s decline you don’t seem to be getting is that it’s at double the national average. If you’d like to offer some reasons why the AJC marketplace makes it somehow different from the marketplace of every other major publication those numbers are compared to, I’d be happy to listen. I’d submit to you those markets are not different enough to cause twice the customer loss.

And my resistance to do your homework for you is because pretty much everybody familiar with the AJC knows that to be true. Certainly our resident seagull Jay Bookman would have swooped in and corrected me had that not been the case. How you’ve missed those facts with the amount of time you spend on this site says alot about your reading and comprehension of news.

And if the AJC makes a buck off me being here, good for them. I don’t wish the AJC gloom and doom and I’d challenge you to find where I ever have. As I’ve stated on this site countless times, this city and this state deserve a better product than what the AJC produces. Their customers leaving in droves tells me (and should tell them), they are not meeting the standard their customers demand.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
7:30 pm

jconservative

Kinda thought about Eleanor myself!

but…

DADT
http://www.amazon.com/Persian-Boy-Mary-Renault/dp/0394751019

Dusty

October 11th, 2010
7:31 pm

I like Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel”. I don’t throw books. How about a road map showing the best way to leave Washington.?

But I”m mad. Bookman & Josef get to write books and I don’t!!! Bummer!!

Southern Comfort

October 11th, 2010
7:31 pm

I respect the Office of the President, so I would not throw anything at him. However, I would pass him this book, this book, maybe this one, or this one here. If the first three do not help him with congress, then the last one might help on the campaign trail.

Left wing management

October 11th, 2010
7:35 pm

A copy of Das Kapital

Left wing management

October 11th, 2010
7:38 pm

Correction: I’d throw a copy of ‘Die deutsche Ideologie’ .. with an affixed note: ‘learn some damn German, Harvard boy!”

Peadawg

October 11th, 2010
7:40 pm

http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Finance-Dummies-Eric-Tyson/dp/0764552317

Maybe he could learn something and apply it to the deficit.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
7:44 pm

DUSTY
Writing’s the easy part. Getting somebody to buy it is the hard part! :-)

Did you get my poetry contributions downstairs?

Ed Johnson

October 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

Alfie Kohn’s “The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and ‘Tougher Standards’.”

President Obama’s commitment to the status quo of competition in K-12 public education is, is, is… well, astonishing.

Haywood Jablome

October 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

dougmo2

October 11th, 2010
8:10 pm

Mad Magazine, to see if he is actually related to Alfred E. Newman. (What, me worry?)

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
8:16 pm

dougmo2

Doesn’t he look just like him!

Finn McCool

October 11th, 2010
8:18 pm

The Conservative Nanny State
How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

http://www.conservativenannystate.org/

Paulo977

October 11th, 2010
8:20 pm

Doggone
@6:46pm

Great info for those who have no darn knowledge of they attempt to expound on!!

A Conservative Teacher

October 11th, 2010
8:29 pm

Over at my blog, I tell the story of how I almost got a chance to throw a miniture Constitution at my Congressman- I had a rock taped to it (for better throwing) and everything, but sadly, didn’t get in to the townhall because liberal Democrat Congressman Gary Peters bused in hundreds of SEIU early in the day. I was going to literally hit him over the head with the laws of our nation.
http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 11th, 2010
8:42 pm

“I’m a Self-Absorbed Idiot: My Third Autobiography” by Barack Obama. Oops, that’s his NEXT book.

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
8:44 pm

Lil Barry…
But he’d be plagiarizing, wouldn’t he? :-)

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 11th, 2010
8:47 pm

From himself?

ken

October 11th, 2010
8:54 pm

Government for IDIOTS

lucy

October 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

The World according to Garp

josef nix

October 11th, 2010
8:56 pm

Time to call it a day…think I’ll drift off with Confederacy of Dunces, myself…need a good dose of Ignatius…

Mongo

October 11th, 2010
8:57 pm

I would say the Treaty of Tripoli of 1797, but unlike a dull child, Obama already knows the United States isn’t a “christian nation”.

Perhaps Machiavelli’s “The Prince” so he would know how to deal with Party on No Brains.

lucy

October 11th, 2010
9:00 pm

Witchcraft in early North America

@@

October 11th, 2010
9:02 pm

Hillbilly:

I’ve seen a horse broken in water, but people?

Your Dad chose to address a captive audience, eh?

Soothsayer

October 11th, 2010
9:07 pm

HOLY CRAP! You mean Jay AND RW are golfers? Well that explains a lot! I thought I was the only one suffering fron terminal frustration. I am PURPOSELY NOT WATCHING the Braves because I know that I will bring them bad luck! You have to try to understand!

Hillbilly Deluxe

October 11th, 2010
9:14 pm

If they really wanted to make golf challenging, they’d use green balls.

Jimmy Joe Bob

October 11th, 2010
9:16 pm

Well, onced we get this Obama out of here, everything’s gonna be wonderful again. Our Godly Republican Party is got all the answers. Just like they had afore this abomination Obama got hisself elected. Just you wait and see. What we didn’t do before we’re gonna do now. We just need another chance. So, elect us Republicans. We’re gonna straighten everything out.

lucy

October 11th, 2010
9:28 pm

Nathan Deal’s, ” Tithing while in Debt”

El Jefe

October 11th, 2010
9:28 pm

Glenn Beck’s – “Arguing with Idiots” or the Constitution – but it is only 4 pages while the health care bill was 2000+

AmVet

October 11th, 2010
9:31 pm

“The United States Constitution.”

Lil’ BB, I’d hope you have the common decency to wipe George’s ____ off of it first.

But I doubt it…

dumb as a rock

October 11th, 2010
9:47 pm

Unintended Consequences

A nice big, heavy book.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the Liar Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

How about the Bible…anyone who CLAIMS to be a Christian can’t support abortion. But then again, IS he a Christian?

Tommy Maddox

October 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

A teleprompter with “Get Lost” printed thereon.

He wouldn’t miss that.

dbm

October 11th, 2010
10:06 pm

I’d be less concerned with getting some politician to read something than with getting as many people as possible to read Ayn Rand, especially The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal.

Class of '98

October 11th, 2010
10:10 pm

“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

Jimmy Joe Bob

October 11th, 2010
10:12 pm

Everbody keeps saying “Ayn Rand” “Ayn Rand.” I read that there Ayn Rand. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Maybe you can explain it to me. Does it got anythin’ in there ’bout gettin’ my construction job back?

getalife

October 11th, 2010
10:12 pm

Another good Brave’s playoff game.

Conrad will be up in the bottom of the ninth.

jelipe

October 11th, 2010
10:16 pm

Presidency for dummies

getalife

October 11th, 2010
10:20 pm

Dusty

October 11th, 2010
10:20 pm

Well, today is Columbus Day. So I say “Thanks, brave Captain, wherever you are. May you sail on the quiet waters of eternity with never a storm to hinder you while the sun warms your back with the sweet touch of renewal. We guard and guide your land of discovery with all the independence of freedom. May we be as brave as you who sailed into the unknown and widened the world with great new frontiers. . All hail the hero.”

Columbus Day 2010

Goodnight all…. .

Class of '98

October 11th, 2010
10:22 pm

Jimmy Joe Bob, who exactly are you trying to make fun of? Conservatives or liberals? Those that read and appreciate Ayn Rand or those that don’t?

I guess the faux “hick humor” practiced by Redneck Convert and yourself is over my head, because I don’t understand what point you are trying to make.

Soothsayer

October 11th, 2010
10:27 pm

Giants walk the tying run.

Jimmy Joe Bob

October 11th, 2010
10:30 pm

Clice of 98: That there Ayn Rand is over mah head. Is they anything in there about when ah can start driving nails agin?

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
10:31 pm

Giants walk the tying run.

I thought you weren’t watching so as not to jinx them.

Soothsayer

October 11th, 2010
10:36 pm

I couldn’t help myself. See!

Justin

October 11th, 2010
10:39 pm

Obama says, Make sure that the soldiers DO NOT GET TO VOTE THIS YEAR.
And they won’t. What a shame.

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
10:39 pm

Soothsayer,

It could’ve been worse. Since they pinch hit for Hernandez, Conrad would’ve had to stay in if they tied it and went to extras. In that case every ball in ten counties would’ve headed straight for him.

Jimmy Joe Bob

October 11th, 2010
10:40 pm

Class of 98: I dropped out of High School before I could read that Ayn Rand. Maybe you could give me a sort of Cliff’s Notes about what it said? Again, does it got anything about when I can start driving nails again?

Class of '98

October 11th, 2010
10:40 pm

I still don’t understand what point you are trying to make. Are you making fun of me? Capitalists? Socialists? Construction workers?

Just trying to help you out. I’m sure you are convinced in your own mind that your satirical posts are the epitome of cutting edge political commentary. And I’m sure you are going to reply with another post about not knowing what big words like “epitome” and “satirical” mean, and it’s going to be chock-full of “mah”s and “that there”s.

And no one except you will have any idea what your point is.

So let’s have it. Reply with a bunch of misspelled words and grammatical errors. You are a comic genius.

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
10:43 pm

when I can start driving nails again

Take up golf and then you nail drives instead.

Hillbilly Deluxe

October 11th, 2010
10:45 pm

Most carpenters don’t drive nails, anymore; they’ve been using nail guns for years and years.

Jimmy Joe Bob

October 11th, 2010
10:47 pm

Class of 98: please have patience with me. I’m on your side. I’m just not as educated as the rest of these Republicans on this sight. I didn’t get a chance to go to college like you did.

RW-(the original)

October 11th, 2010
10:48 pm

Dammeet! Lost a “can” in that last post. Hillbilly D keeps telling me that’s a sign of genius, but I’m having a tough time buying it.

Soothsayer

October 11th, 2010
10:49 pm

Justin

October 11th, 2010
10:54 pm

Jimmy Joe Bob, do not worry about that college education. A college education just shows that you had money to attend and that you can learn. It show nothing about honesty, integrity, and common sense.

jm

October 11th, 2010
10:55 pm