October 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #631 'Throw the book at ‘em'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The Secret Service had to look into an incident over the weekend in which a man hurled a book at President Obama. Well, as long as they are busy checking him out, perhaps they won’t be too concerned about the nut writing letters every day…

Dear Mr. President,

Once again I have stayed up too late watching Monday Night Football and I’ll pay the price by being a shade tired tomorrow. But like they say, I’ll sleep when I’m dead, eh?

So I saw that video of the guy throwing the book at you during that speech and at first I thought it was something else. I assumed it was a piece of paper blowing past in the background or some kind of video trickery by one of the innumerable folks who seem to love doing such things on the internet, but no, now I hear it actually was a book tossed at you.

As I understand it, this was just some guy who really wanted you to read the book he wrote, and unable to get any closer to you, he figured he’d just heave it in your direction and hope it somehow wound up on your shelf in the Oval Office. Kind of wacky, but you’ve got to give him credit for initiative. On the other hand, I wonder if this was to be expected after that couple slipped into the state dinner and nothing came of it. Well, I should not say “nothing.” They got a TV show, so I guess that’s punishment enough. But you get my point.

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Actually, I think it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if this became a new form of protest. The book throwing I mean. Frankly I’m tired of people parading through the streets with their signs, and chanting, and bullhorns. It’s so 1960s. Half the time I’m not sure what they want anyway.

If they’d just toss out books like it was some kind of literary Mardi Gras I think we might all be better off. No confusion. Lots of details if you want them. Yes, that’s the kind of protesting I could support.

Mainly, I like the implied intelligence it confers from the tosser to the tossee. When someone throws a book at you, it suggests that they not only hope you will read it, but that they also have reasonable hope you will get something out of it. Unless, of course, we’re talking about a judge. That’s a different story.

The football game is over. The Vikings are toast and so am I. Headed off to read a little and then sleep. Call if you can.


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