|A streaker is tackled by security guards during second half CFL play between the Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions in Vancouver, British Columbia July 16, 2010. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)
When Juan Rodriguez dropped his drawers during a Philadelphia rally last weekend, hoping to claim a $1-million bounty for streaking in front of the president, at least one man quietly admired the historic attempt.
And it wasn’t, presumably, Barack Obama.
Instead, Mark Roberts — the reining king of streakers, whose many stunts have landed him in the record books and in handcuffs — could only look on, from a distance, and wish he was in Rodriguez’s shoes. Not that he was wearing shoes. Or anything else.
Red-flagged on traveling from the U.K. into the U.S., after streaking during the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston, Texas — the same event where Janet Jackson famously flashed skin — Roberts had also contemplated the $1-million reward offered up by an American billionaire. But Roberts couldn’t crack how to pull it off.
“If (Obama) comes over here … well it’s got to be home soil for me,” says the U.K. father of three, who’s blazed a buttock-baring trail across hundreds of major events, including the Ryder Cup golf tournament that just wrapped up in Wales.
“I came out on the 18th green,” he brags to QMI Agency.
In truth, he was sporting a novelty G-string.
And sun hat.
Almost every major British stadium has banned him.
But his naked ambitions have, so far, never amounted to $1 million.
Though there’s no guarantee Internet mogul, Alki David — the man who offered up the presidential-sized bounty — will now pay Rodriguez.
David reportedly wants proof Obama heard, and saw, everything, as Rodriguez advertised a website.
As for Roberts, he supports Rodriguez.
It’s a tough thing to pull off, Roberts knows.
“You have to be completely naked, be close to the president and shout the name of the website six times … the secret service isn’t going to allow that,” he notes.
Roberts says he doesn’t streak to get rich – though he has had the names of companies penned on his body.
“It’s harmless fun,” he believes.
And we’ll likely see more of him — as well as others.
Roberts has noted a recent rise in the numbers of people daring to bare all at public outings.
People are in need of a laugh, he says. Though it could also be in response to the global warming debate.
Pondering that, he concludes: “Maybe one day we’ll all be streaking.”