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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.”
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