Rove Book Signing Gets Surprise Ending

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It wasn't your average book singing.

Former White House political adviser Karl Rove drew a crowd when he took his book tour to Los Angeles Monday, but many of them were not there to buy his memoir, "Courage and Consequence: My Life As a Conservative in the Fight."

A group of anti-war protestors ambushed Rove during his book signing, calling him names and forcing him to leave the Beverly Hills event early because of the disruptions.

Photos: Karl Rove

Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans on Monday walked toward Rove with handcuffs, saying she was making a citizen's arrest.

CBS News 2 caputured the drama on tape.

"Look what you did, you outted a CIA officer; you lied to take us to war; you totally ruined a country!" Evans yelled.

About 100 supporters had earlier cheered Rove, but the 10 protesters continually heckled him while he spoke and as he autographed copies of the book for fans.

Evans called him a war criminal. Another protestor added, "The only comfort I take is that you are going to rot in hell."

A riled-up Rove may have added to the chaos.

"With all due respect, this shows the totalitarianism of the left, they don't believe in dialogue; they don't believe in courtesy; they don't believe in First Amendment rights for anyone but themselves!" Rove charged.

Rove then left the Saban Theatre stage and no one was arrested.

In "Courage and Consequence," Rove argues that history will look favorably on Bush's two-term presidency, particularly his decision to invade Iraq. Rove calls the 2003 invasion the most consequential act of the Bush presidency and a justifiable response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even though al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, not Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, were responsible.

Also a defender of Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated states along the Gulf of Mexico in September 2005, Rove tackles that touchy subject in his book as well.

He blames state and local officials, particularly Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both Democrats, for botching recovery efforts.

Watch below as angry anti-war protester and Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans try to make citizen's arrest on Rove.


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