President Obama's rally in Philadelphia on Sunday was certainly an eventful one -- someone threw a book at him (it missed), and someone streaked through the crowd (he was not missed). The streaker did it for $1 million. But now the billionaire who made the offer is hemming and hawing about paying off.
Alki David offered the big money to anyone who would run naked within sight and earshot of the president in an effort to publicize his web site, Battlecam.com.
David's people tell ABC News a decision will be made Wednesday on whether Rodriguez did indeed earn the money. They are looking at video from various different angles to "to see if he was in eyesight or ear shot" of the president, spokesman Jason Magner said. They are also checking to make sure Rodriguez shouted the name of David's site six times as he streaked, which was also required.
"One million dollars is a lot of money and I think it's one of those things -- there were stipulations involved and he wanted to make sure they were met," the spokesman said.
Rodriguez said he got to within ten feet of Obama before stopping and being arrested for indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct.
The 24-year-old Rodriguez said he did it to get money to provide for his children and to pay for an operation for his sister. "I didn't do anything that hurt anybody," Rodriguez told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "My family needs the money."
But he might not get that money. David almost immediately began citing technicalities that could allow him not to pay Rodriguez.
"It's still not confirmed," David told the New York Daily News on Monday. "Whether he was in earshot and eyesight of the president is what's being debated right now."
David also questioned whether Pennsylvania law would permit him to give money to someone for committing an illegal act.
"It's not like he was being hired to murder somebody," said Michael Risch, associate professor at Villanova University School of Law.
Risch said whether Rodriguez gets his money or not could boil down to a "contract question."
"It's on the Internet," he said of David's offer. "But it's no different -- other than being illegal -- than any other challenge where somebody offers an award for some act that was done."
David's hesitance in paying has many calling him a villain, such as New York Magazine:
"Seriously, David, just give the man his prize. You already have the wealth and accent of a Bond villain. You don't need the cruelty of one as well."