Website bet sees man streak Obama
Published 12/10/2010 | 16:19
That's naked ambition - a streaker bared all before Barack Obama to win a million dollar challenge by a British businessman.
Juan J Rodriguez stripped off at a rally by the US president in Philadelphia as part of the dare by Londoner Alki David.
Rodriguez, from New York, was arrested after meeting the 42-year-old's £600,000 bid to anyone willing to streak while advertising his website.
Mr David, who sold his shipping business for £600 million and is in the top 50 of the Sunday Times Rich List, promised to meet his side of the bargain - provided the White House confirms that Mr Obama saw and heard the stunt.
"We are delighted someone has taken up our challenge and he'll get the money if it all checks out," said Mr David, from Knightsbridge. "We are just waiting to hear from the White House before writing the cheque."
He defended the decision to launch the bet, despite Rodriguez's arrest. Mr David insisted the decision was not a waste of money, adding: "How could the money be spent better? It is a very well-planned marketing strategy."
The streaker stood in front of Mr Obama with Battlecam.com written on his chest and and shouted "Battlecam" six times to complete the bet.
Rodriguez will receive a cheque if the Obama camp confirms the president was within "eyesight and earshot", Mr David said.
Mr David added that there would also be a cash payout for anyone who did the same before the Queen.
After his streak on Sunday, Rodriguez was charged with indecent exposure, public lewdness and disorderly conduct. He was released on a 10,000 US dollar (£6,000) signature bond.