Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s hate speech!

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Hate and profanity filled the skies over Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday when an anonymous pamphleteer threw hundreds of copies of an obscene, anti-Obama poem from the top of a building in the Metrotech office complex.

The graphic verse, titled “F— YOU OBAMA!!” cursed the president — literally — for his “American hating wife,” his “American hating life,” the “isms” of his teachers, the “hatred” of his preachers, the books he reads, and the “liberal blood” he bleeds, among other things.

Photocopies of the profane prose, which includes the word “f—” 29 times in its 42 lines, fluttered to the ground at around noon — and witnesses first reported that a lone poet hurled the rhyme from the roof of The Brooklyner, a 52-story tower under construction on Lawrence Street between Willoughby Street and Myrtle Avenue.

“The pamphlets came off the roof of 111 Lawrence St.,” said Peter Coyne, director of public safety for the Metrotech Business Improvement District. “I would say it’s a construction worker. That’s a secure building.”

The Clarett Group, the developer of the borough’s tallest building, issued a statement on Thursday claiming that it had “not found any evidence that political fliers were dropped” from the site.

The company pledge to “fully cooperate with any and all law-enforcement authorities investigating the incident.”

Regardless of who is to blame, those on the ground were horrified.

“I just thought it was an old packet of papers from an office until it landed on the ground,” said Will Aviles, an employee at a Sprint store on Jay Street.

“It’s childish. I guess whoever did this is just trying to vent.”

Though he disapproved of the obscene poem, Mitchell Angel Soto — an employee at a different cellphone shop on Jay Street — said he was more frustrated by the litter than the lyrics.

“I think it’s ignorant — but this is America, so they have a right to free speech,” he said as he ripped apart a copy. “But I don’t think they have a right to throw it in front of my store so I have to clean it up.”

Written in all capital letters and mostly in quatrains with an AA/BB rhyme scheme reminiscent of a more crass — and more conservative — Dr. Seuss, the prose suggests that the president:

“Leave this house, once graced by Reagans

Take the liberals, commies, Satans and pagans

Go to hell with your song and dance

America doesn’t need ya, go live in France!”

One onlooker disagreed with the pamphleteer’s message — though he empathized with its language.

“That’s f—ed up,” he said, gazing at the sky. “I wish I could smack the s— out of whoever did that.”

Updated 5:20 pm, February 6, 2015: Story was updated to include more information about the toss site.
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sid from Boerum Hill says:
Oh thank you for publishing this. You made the day of the idiot who wrote it.
Shame on you!

Yes I know free speech but no one said publish it.

You know some people will think this poem is right and your publishing it just gave them free publicity...

Shame on you!
Sept. 16, 2009, 7:02 pm
Gersh Kuntzman (Brooklyn Paper) from Editor says:
Point of information, Sid: When someone throws thousands of objects off the tallest building in Brooklyn, regardless of its content, it's a news story.

The building is still under construction, so it currently appears to be a major security breach, something about which the public might also want to know.

Thanks for reading

The Brooklyn Paper
Sept. 17, 2009, 11:30 am
al pankin from downtown says:
Finally, a picture of the flag on my building in your paper...all it too was a hate filled flyer thrown out of a window by some nut.
Sept. 17, 2009, 12:24 pm
al pankin from jay st. says:
the picture in this article looks great, especially since my U.S.Auto school flag looks so good. THANKS !!!!
Sept. 17, 2009, 12:35 pm
sid from boerum hill says:
Gersh Thanks for the response. They stopped showing streakers on TV because all they did was encourage them. It may be news but that doesn't mean you have to give it free publicity. You did more than just report the story you reprinted a fair amount of the vile remarks. So again I'll say shame on you!
and some of the responses encourage a violent response- also irresponsible.
Sept. 17, 2009, 2:09 pm
Elle from Flatlands says:
If this was about President Bush, this wouldn't have even made the paper.
Sept. 17, 2009, 2:57 pm
J brooks from Downtown, Brooklyn says:
If that was about President Bush, they would had already found the person or scared punk ass —— already. They would be jail already. If this person was bold of enough to do this. Why dont say who thet are. If they man or woman enough show who you really are. stand by your words.
Sept. 18, 2009, 3:21 am
Joe says:
Well the part of the poem you published is pretty good! Here's my contribution!

He promised me change and hope,
Fooled me like a gullible dope,
Now I see through the sham,
Of this treacherous man,
Will he get my next vote? -- Nope!
Sept. 18, 2009, 4:34 am

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