Rough Rally for President Obama

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Philadelphia Freedom

President Obama's stop in Philadelphia for a rally Sunday got a little rough.

First, a man was arrested for running near the stage completely naked. Apparently he wanted to win $1 million from the billionaire owner of a website. The first person to streak within the president's view was supposed to get the money. No word whether he will.

And someone threw a book toward the president. You can see the blur passing right behind President Obama's head. He did not notice. The Secret Service questioned the excited fan who had apparently written the book and hope the president would read it.

Mixed Message?

One point the president has pushed at his recent rallies is that the Democrats have to, quote, "buck up" and work very hard over the next three to win the midterm.

Meantime, CBS News noted that President Obama spent much of Saturday on the golf course for his 52nd round of golf since taking office.

Worth a Thousand Words

The firestorm rages on about the picture of Ohio congressional candidate Rich Iott sporting Nazi garbs for a historical reenactment. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz brought up the photo on "Fox News Sunday" during a discussion with Virginia Republican Eric Cantor:


REP. ERIC CANTOR, R-VA.: She knows I would absolutely repudiate that and not support an individual --


CANTOR: -- that would do something like that.

SCHULTZ: You haven't.

CANTOR: I'm doing it right here. I'm doing it right here, Debbie. You know good and well that I don't support anything like that.


Iott insists the photo is being used out of context -- quote -- "There is a bunch of guys that do Roman legion reenactments. They don't endorse feeding Christians to lions. Anybody who's involved in reenacting, they're not endorsing the ideologies of that time."

Dead or Alive?

And finally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may need a refresher course about what it means to be in the land of the living. Check out this interview that aired Friday on the Right Network:


DAVID BRODY: Can you think of a greatest living American?

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEV.: I'm glad I had an opportunity to know Ted Kennedy. Whether we agreed with him or not, what a life he lived. And Robert Byrd, who just died. What a legacy. He was in the Congress of the United States for more than 25 percent of the time that we have been a country.


Both of those senators are deceased.