One might argue that hitting your elected official in the face with a pie is as close as you can get to living the American Dream, but Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich) , doesn't think it's funny at all. Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was speaking to the Mecosta County Democratic Party gathering when a 23-year old Michigan State student named Ahlam Mohsen began questioning him on his stance on foreign policy issues - with a lean towards the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The end result was a pie in the senior democrat's face.
Oddly enough, Mohsen had mostly nice things to say about the senator afterwards:
"Carl Levin is one of the most respected senators in Congress," Mohsen told local TV station WZZM13-TV. "People tend to blame the war on Republicans, but we wanted to target Levin today to send a message that liberals and Democrats are just as implicated in the violence as the Republicans."
Mohsen got a ride in the party van for his part in the incident, though what he was charged with was not disclosed. Probably a misdemeanor assault one would guess.
But Levin didn't find the "message" very amusing. In fact he may not have received it at all:
"Someone who throws something at somebody or hits somebody with something doesn't understand the blessings of America," Levin said, wiping pie from his face. "We are blessed to live in a country where one has the right to free speech," he added, but that kind of violence isn’t acceptable."
Getting a pie in the face is violence apparently. Where did he grow up, Happy Acres, Michigan? Where I grew up, getting punched in the face was considered violence.
A commenter on Politico, an obvious partisan, summed up the incident nicely: "At least President Bush had the sense enough to duck" – referring to an incident where an Iraqi lawyer threw a shoe at the visiting president.