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Patterson reports: "President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history."

President Obama is the target of more than 30 death threats a day. (photo: Peter Kramer/AP)
President Obama is the target of more than 30 death threats a day. (photo: Peter Kramer/AP)


The Most Threatened President in History

By Nathaniel Patterson, Causes

27 November 12

 

SECRET SERVICE SAYS THE NUMBER OF THREATS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT IS OVERWHELMING

resident Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched Secret Service. He is the most threatened President in history.

Since the President took office in 2008, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400% cent. Some threats to the President have been publicized, including the well known alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history.

Most however, are kept under wraps because the Secret Service fears that revealing details of them would only increase the number of copycat attempts.

According to the U.S. Secret Service agents, their goal is to immediately respond to any direct threat against the president, the first family, the vice president, or visiting heads of state. Agents are then responsible for determining the credibility of the threat.

Each time there is a threat, the Secret Service consults with the Protective Intelligence Division in Washington, D.C., to decide how far an investigation is going to go. If a federal arrest takes place, it will lead to the most serious or extreme of the end results.

Recently, when Anton Caluori, 31, allegedly emailed the FBI on the morning of August 21st to say he would "kill the president," a Secret Service agent was immediately dispatched to his residence. According to the Department of Justice, Caluori was armed with multiple weapons, making his threat not only credible, but viable.

"This case had all the troubling ingredients: threats of violence and explosive devices, multiple weapons with hundreds of rounds and even brandishing of a weapon at law enforcement," said U. S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. Caluori was subsequently arrested and charged in federal court with making a threat against the president and assault of a federal agent. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Seattle Monday for a detention hearing.

Recent national events are a stark reminder that the Secret Service has to take these threats of death or violence seriously. While the Secret Service says they take every threat against the president seriously, not all will end in arrest. Threats will come our way from high school students, even junior high school students in the way of prank type calls. There are threats on Twitter and on Facebook and other social sites that allow such comments, but they have to look at them all. People need to know that any type of threat against the president is a violation of federal law.

The Secret Service says that many of those who make such threats are mentally ill, and it is the goal of the Secret Service to find them help. It can be "sobering," they said, when agents show up at their door.

According to the Secret Service, the president is the most threatened person in the U.S., regardless of political party.

The President is not made aware of all threats against him, however, because as the Secret Service says, "the sheer number would be overwhelming and, frankly, distracting."

 

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+328 # brenda 2012-11-27 10:00
That makes me sick. I hope the Secret Service tracks all these threats down and throw them in the federal clink for high treason. Maybe then all the other right wing assholes who intend to make a threat will get the message.
 
 
-579 # HowardMH 2012-11-27 10:46
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."
 
 
+247 # vergez 2012-11-27 11:25
But George Bush, of course, was no fool, but a genius of unprecedented proportions. Top of class at Harvard Law? Yes, I'm sure Obama is quite the fool.
 
 
+25 # noitall 2012-11-27 13:55
The "multitude of fools" elected him, George W, too (just as they elected Reagan, Geo I, and co-conspirator Clinton). Let's face it folks, Americans elect ALL of their governmental leaders based upon irrelevant criteria and we get what we get. Where would this country be if it didn't "inherit", spelled S-T-E-A-L a land that was worshipped and managed as such? And we take full credit as our 'success' being due to our tenacity. The land was pristeen and in a couple hundred years, turned into a poison pit that gives it's inhabitants the highest cancer rates in the world. The only god this country worships is the god of GREED. The people get what they deserve.
 
 
+47 # isafakir 2012-11-27 19:21
[quote name="noitall"] The "multitude of fools" elected him, George W, too (just as they elected Reagan, Geo I, and co-conspirator Clinton)".
the usa did not elect gwbush. he was appointed by 5 justices who suspended the constitution quite literally in their own words to appoint their personal choice in their own words, as the other 4 remaining justices pointed out at the time.
millions of dollars were spend in what was later proven in court to be a vast conspiracy of fake lawsuits [all thrown out of court as baseless] to investigate mr clinton, more than any human in history, and it was proven he conspired with nobody. he was impeached for lying. and judged not guilty. civilly found guilty, not criminally but civilly, of not telling all the truth, and of no crime of any kind in a false private civil suit, which suit was a conspiracy. fact.
clinton was a good president all things considered.
it is not a multitude of fools for the most part who've elected bad president but a concerted effort of a well financed minority to replace the multitude with one party rule. as mcconnel explained in detail as the sole aim of the republican party and as gingrich considered to be his sole life's goal.
 
 
-7 # mdhome 2012-11-29 19:18
You isn't a fake er.
 
 
+4 # robcarter.vn 2012-11-29 20:54
Bloody Republicans andn their court appointees are the ones you should impeach every time. This time they put a bloody fool who they now won't talk to inside the Party GOP they wanted him out og Governors roles, They want Obama to suffer 4 years economic strife to give their next try 2016 a win and then stack the Courts again to hold a 20 year+ presidency and keep house majority to be certain of a long term way to stop Democrats from showing their real metal as Clinton did. He was great and the World still wish he was back, but Obama does a credible good job with a rigged house and rigged Supreme Court. Or should I call it a Kangaroo Court? The big money boys are pure evil and you can't fix them ever. Not withour an Unindustrial Revolution or a de-automation law. Reploy humans who eat grass not machines eating fossil fuels and melting ice. God will return to fix the Republican phony democracy, bet you.
 
 
0 # Anarchist 23 2012-11-30 16:47
"W' was never elected-he was sElected-1st time by SCOTUS-a partisan court appointed mostly by Republicans and then by the stolen votes in Ohio and NM in 04. (check out Greg Palast on that) Obama has faults but at least he was truly elected.
 
 
+93 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:04
I think we can't be blamed for bush though. Bush wasn't elected by a majority. He was elected by 5 right-wing nut jobs in the Supreme Court.
 
 
+213 # vgirl1 2012-11-27 11:57
This quote has been circulating on conservative blogs for some time with no contextual reference (e.g. publication date or time)to help substantiate it. When one looks into the records of Prager Zeitung the only paper that can be identified as the supposed paper (based on the fact it is closest to the supposed publication name) there is only one reference to Pres. Obama and it deals with the amount of Secret Service coverage he gets. This looks like another TPrepub, conservative, alternate universe, removed from reality, misinformation piece. It's content and the fact that it keeps getting posted with it's venomous, unsubstantiated words and reference only adds credence to its falsehood and proves it is just one more attempt to malign / assassinate the POTUS with words.
 
 
+215 # riverhouse 2012-11-27 12:06
I do not believe that was printed in a Prague newspaper. I believe one of our very own homegrown racists wrote that and assigned it to some other source. They are very good at that as Bill Cosby can attest.
 
 
+215 # ABen 2012-11-27 12:31
Howard; if you were to check most of the credible papers in Europe for articles related to Obama's re-election, you would find expressed sentiments of relief, approval, and joy that the U.S. has again elected an intelligent, thoughtful, and reasoned president rather than some well-polished shoe sales man (Romney) or some chest puffing blowhard (W).
 
 
+151 # Independentgal 2012-11-27 13:38
Having been in Europe right before the election, I can attest to the fact that the people that I spoke to about the election were for Obama. One even commented that Romney's supporters were "crazy." I took that to mean they were crazy to vote for him and were just plain crazy anyway.
 
 
+147 # doneasley 2012-11-27 12:45
Quoting HowardMH:
... The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."


Howard, I certainly don't want to hear one word from the Czech Republic about American politics. And Romney would have been better? If he had been elected we would have faced the remaining destruction of our domestic economy with more money flowing into the pockets of the rich, a huge build up of the military, and more wars. The BRILLIANT George Bush - (S)elected by a genuine confederacy of fools - took our economy to it's knees, and Barack Obama has spent 4 years trying to get us back to an even keel.

We've been there. We've done that. And the only thing your idiotic brethren can do is grab their guns and resort to threats to the life of a good man - OUR DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!
 
 
+27 # mim 2012-11-27 20:30
I wouldn't mind reading something that was really from the Czech Republic - it seems the luckiest of all the former Soviet Bloc countries. But not this, which seems as phony as a $3 bill or the Paris Business Review.
 
 
+140 # pegasus4508 2012-11-27 12:47
Why don't you make a threat? Barack Obama WILL go down in history as the one of the best presidents we ever had. Trust that few Republican presidents (honest Abe) will have that same recognition. In fact, between Nixon the crook and Bush the war criminal, I prefer my current president. Thanks for pointing out who the fools are.
 
 
+71 # GGmaw 2012-11-27 13:27
I get this same kind of trash lies constantly. People employed in creating this trash represents Republican 'job creation.' There is so much of it the Republicans must have factories turning it out!
 
 
+62 # Fairbs 2012-11-27 13:36
So we should believe some random person from the Czech Republic? Sorry, I'll think for myself.
 
 
+39 # Timaloha 2012-11-27 13:45
This must be why Czechoslovakia is the world's leading superpower. Oh, wait.....neverm ind.
 
 
+77 # VMWH 2012-11-27 15:20
http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?p=1683146

This article does not exist in a Czech newspaper and the newspaper does not exist.
 
 
+35 # newsmom 2012-11-27 15:57
OK, so right wing nuts found sufficiently literate to assemble a pseudo report from, i suspect, a non-existent newspaper, then dredged up 299 more fringe folks to agree with it. whoop-de-doo.
 
 
+10 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:18
Howard - I liked your continuous comment about 200,000 people showing up in DC, though I don't agree with the baseball bat and 2 x 4 part of the comment.

Any support of violence is like issuaing an invitation to others to respond with violence. That is not what we need.

Showing up, and being present, now that is what we need. So keep showing up, but leave your tendency to advocate violence at home.
 
 
+8 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:19
Howard - Sorry. I forgot to say please and thank you.
 
 
+36 # midgesimba 2012-11-27 17:31
This quote doesn't come from the Czech Republic. It comes from American Third Position, a white nationalist group.
 
 
+24 # reiverpacific 2012-11-27 17:57
Quoting HowardMH:
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.---blah de fuckin' blah------- The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."

I've often thought the selfsame thoughts about the high percentage of "Fools" who voted for Reagan, the Bushes and the latest international ignoramus, Twit -even unto how the Hell they even got to run in the first place.
I couldn't quite believe this article per se without fact checking and found that this seemingly untraceable crap has been circulating on right wing blogs for a while.
Extract from CREDIBLE source. "Even if the 'Prager Zeitgung" or some similar newspaper did reproduce this item (a fact itself which is in doubt), it likely did not originate there, as this bit of text was circulating ANONYMOUSLY as far back as 2009 and did not pick up an attribution crediting it to the Prager Zeitgung until much later.
There is much more but it just goes to show that you and many of your fellow venomous fools, are brim-full of shit.
 
 
+15 # kalpal 2012-11-28 03:31
He who fails to agree with my assessments of reality is a silly and hopless fool?

How very sad that right wingers are so imbued with hatred of those are unlike them.
 
 
-1 # infidella 2012-12-10 19:19
These comments that followed your post were a serious let down to me. I simply can not believe that it turned into a Bush bashing.
Obama has been an abject failure and what he campaigned on in 08 either was a fraud or has become convoluted like Obamacare.
The lies just never end.
"You can keep your own doctor if you like"
"Insurance premiums will go down 300%"
But that is ok. He is Obama
Obama is acting like a true Chicago thug by not giving in on getting his way.
For 4 years has offered no budget that even his party would support.Yet amazingly enough,somehow is able to deflect all responsibility.
The media and the democrats choose not to understand just simply hate Republicans
~all believe that all the ills effecting this country it is the Republican fault.
O got us here people. Republicans are failed US too but they are not responsible for all the things they are accused of.
Anyways,no budget for 4 years is another first in US history. President's prior had done the unfun work as it was their job.That's okay he's Obama
How many times is Obama and co going to try a stimulus?
Maybe if every AMERICAN received a check and put in into the economy,there'd be a better chance for success. I can't believe that the man was re elected.If you want to talk about treason Libya illegal war.
Usurped congress and senate. Treason.
Gun running again 4 Americans left to die in Benghazi. The weapons used to kill them were what O armed the anti Qaddafi rebels with. No one cares
 
 
0 # Fairbs 2012-12-12 14:10
Your whole comment is awful. Fox news propaganda and huge generalizations . For example, 'insurance premiums will go down 300%'. What does that even mean? And why is it quoted?
From now on, why don't you assume there's an extremely different view from yours and actual facts to back it up and then go seek this viewpoint out. You'll be surprised what you learn. Turn off Fox news. You become dumber watching it (actual fact).
 
 
+140 # Adlib 2012-11-27 11:13
I agree. However, what scares me more are the unspoken threats - those the SS don't get wind of, until it's too late. I fear for our president every time he steps foot out of the White House. And even when he doesn't, the danger to him and his family can never be over-spoken.
 
 
+44 # popeye47 2012-11-27 13:02
I think this president has more negative adjective terms thrown at him than any other president.
He is called un-american,mus lim,socialist,c ommunist,racist black president.
They are throwing everything at him except the kitchen sink, and I assume that will be coming very soon.
 
 
+10 # rockieball 2012-11-28 08:38
I agree with you it make one sick. Most people especially in the South vote against him and hate him because he is 1/2 black. It's ok for them to use a black person in their college sports or cheer for them in the NBA, NFL but to actually have one educated,intell igent, running the country God forbid. Look at all the right to carry laws come from and then look at where the threats come from. These people look at the color of the skin first and foremost and most are ignorant Fox News watchers being egged on by the likes of Murrdock, O'Riely Hannatty and on radio by Rush, Beck and Savage.
 
 
+10 # NanFan 2012-11-28 10:36
Quoting brenda:
That makes me sick. I hope the Secret Service tracks all these threats down and throw them in the federal clink for high treason. Maybe then all the other right wing assholes who intend to make a threat will get the message.


Brenda ~ I totally agree about how sickening and disheartening this news is. It had been my fear that someone would try to kill Mr. Obama when he was running in 2008. And in 2012, that fear was heightened just by the way the Republicans were acting and firing up the truly racist far-right-wing. So I'm not surprised except at the extent of the threats -- how many!

But the question I have is why are we just hearing about the scope of these threats to this president? It's one thing to keep things under wraps for his protection, but this is huge, and the American public needs to know that there is still this depth of hatred and threat of death to our president.

To simply say that most are "mentally ill" is also a problem. This level of mental illness is deep, and to have so many death threats "out there" is truly frightening. It's like not knowing that an entire block of child abductors are living right next to a preschool.

I'm sorry, but the public needs to know this through every media source possible. And these people must be held firmly accountable, at whatever financial cost to our nation. We do not need these people running around free to attempt to kill ANYONE, let alone our president!

N.
 
 
-464 # MidwestTom 2012-11-27 10:04
Thsi should not surprise anyone, he has divided this country more than any other President. He received 10 million fewer votes, but still won because the Republicans ran a product of Wall Street, which is hated. Liberals hate him because the os only liberal in speeches, and conservatives hate him because of Obamacare. He is preparing to invade Iran, he talks of coming budget cuts to the Military, but those cuts are from planned future budget increases, not a loss of real dollars from this year's budget. There are a lot of people unhappy, but his big money backers are not in that group.
 
 
+308 # guyachs 2012-11-27 10:26
You obviously live in fox/limbaugh lane. No one else distorts reality like that.
 
 
+39 # Onterryo 2012-11-27 10:36
Ummmmmmm..that title, in recent times, would belong to George Bush...and then there are few other contenders from the past...both Republicans and Democrats but you can live in the present for now.
 
 
+171 # HahliHohli 2012-11-27 11:03
[quote name="MidwestTo m"]"Thsi should not surprise anyone, he has divided this country more than any other President. He received 10 million fewer votes, but still won because the Republicans ran a product of Wall Street, which is hated..."

Please check your 'facts'. The sitting President won the election with 3,473,402 more votes. That is 51% to 48%. This is from CBS News, updated today.
http://www.cbsnews.com/election-results-2012/
If a simple fact as this one is, is not submitted correctly, then the total posting becomes suspect and you lose credibility.
 
 
+118 # vgirl1 2012-11-27 12:02
The only dividers since and while this President has been in office are the TPee'ers and their racist ilk who have maligned and born false witness against this man since he took office. Their hate and idea of racial and moral superiority will never let them admit their malice, but the Almighty knows and obviously so does the majority of the American electorate who elected him to a second term.
 
 
+25 # isafakir 2012-11-27 19:36
Quoting vgirl1:
The only dividers since and while this President has been in office are the TPee'ers and their racist ilk .

mcconnel was spouting hate speech already before he took office. before his first day in office, he was already subjected to the division created by a republican party who openly avowed to sabotage government to defeat him. karl rove's followers simply don't believe in democracy as karl rove personally proved on the night of the election. romney and the party believed they own the country and its election apparatus. the people despite all their misgivings about obama overwhelmingly threw out the republican party where they had the opportunity to vote. despite election fraud, gerrymandering, voter suppression and massive financing from a handful of super rich including foreign corporations. the people by a landside rejected division and racism and plutocracy and theocracy in favor of democracy.
 
 
-66 # MidwestTom 2012-11-27 13:16
Obama received 10 million fewer votes in 2012 than in 2008, check the facts.
 
 
-15 # HahliHohli 2012-11-27 15:01
So sorry, I was not thinking 2008
 
 
+44 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:08
He also recieved more votes for BOTH elections than bush ever got.

You really need to be careful about telling OTHER people to "check the facts". You have a long history of not checking your own facts and using this forum as your fact-checking service.
 
 
+40 # noitall 2012-11-27 18:38
Quoting MidwestTom:
Obama received 10 million fewer votes in 2012 than in 2008, check the facts.

But he got elected...pisse s you off doesn't it...sort of like I was pissed off when the Supreme Court gave the election to W the idiot.
 
 
+114 # riverhouse 2012-11-27 12:07
He won bigger in both of his elections than did George W Bush.
 
 
+18 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:22
Quoting noitall:
Quoting MidwestTom:
Obama received 10 million fewer votes in 2012 than in 2008, check the facts.

But he got elected...upreme Court gave the election to W the idiot.


fact check 08 53% vs 45% of the vote: one of the biggest landslides in democratic party history
fact check 10 50.6% vs 47% 333 electoral votes
before election day GOP predicted a "landslide" of 330 electoral votes for romney.

obama did not get 10 million fewer votes. he got 6 million fewer votes.

GOP chooses to live in a counterfactual universe and employ voter suppression which tactics worked. dramatically.

the usa has overwhelmingly rejected the GOP in 2004, 2008, 2012, and in 2000 also. that's without even mentioning voter suppression and proven in court effective election fraud.

the GOP survives on the basis of shitty democratic party strategy such as rejecting gov dean's very effective strategy. and massive gerrymandering by the 2010 state freshmen. it will take a generation to reverse the gewrrymandered imbalances, which emographics insures. Quoting riverhouse:
He won bigger in both of his elections than did George W Bush.
 
 
+94 # Morris Townson 2012-11-27 12:07
I spent the last 6 months asking teabaggers why they hated Pres. Obama. All I ever heard was bla bla bla. No real facts and checks citations.

So, Why DO you hate him? And as a person with pre-existing conditions due to accident I LOVE the Affordable Care Act. But it does not go far enough.
 
 
+91 # pegasus4508 2012-11-27 12:50
HOW did he divide the country? Far as I can tell, we found out the racist still make up 47% of the country. Hating the PRESIDENT is what has divided the country. Hating makes you hate-FULL.
 
 
+76 # GGmaw 2012-11-27 13:23
No, President Obama has not divided this country - the TPRepublicans have divided this country with their lies. No president has ever been treated like this one. He won big. Republicans cheat so much he probably won by even a larger margin. George Bush lost the popular vote by 543,895 votes and according to Wikipedia, "An analysis of the NORC data by University of Pennsylvania researcher Steven F. Freeman and journalist Joel Bleifuss concluded that a recount of all uncounted votes using any standard (inclusive, strict, statewide or county by county), Gore would have been the victor.[6 " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2000
 
 
+76 # Independentgal 2012-11-27 13:45
He has divided the country?? Surely you jest. It's the rabid right-wing haters and Republican obstructionists who've divided this country, because they can't stand the fact that a Democrat -- who's black no less! -- is in the White House.
 
 
+26 # MidwestDick 2012-11-27 13:50
The reaction here, and the article itself, definitely show that the American electorate is very divided over the presidency of BHO. Despite this plain fact, there is no question in my mind that the division exists despite rather than because of the actions and temperament of the man himself.
I myself felt, like many of you, that he did not satisfy the progressive views that brought him the nomination, though I had to concede that his conciliatory tone and modest view of his own powers was what the overall electorate probably thought they wanted.
That said, despite his very cautious and non-confrontati onal style of governance, he inspired a cacophony of the most extreme and hair-raising hatred and rage imaginable. Would any Democrat have inspired the same? Perhaps his complexion, though not his background, added a tone of bitterness and cruelty to the overall reaction, but mostly he is hated because he is president and he is not a member of the red team.
 
 
+39 # Pickwicky 2012-11-27 14:24
Midwest Dick--you aptly pointed out that President Obama has a "very cautious and non-confrontati onal style." Yet still Obama "inspired a cacophony of the most extreme and hair-raising hatred and rage imaginable."

How immensely wise of Obama to assume that cautious, non-confrontati onal style. Can you imagine the reaction to him had he been unwise?
 
 
+8 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:25
Quoting riverhouse:
]
How immensely wise of Obama to assume that cautious, non-confrontational style. Can you imagine the reaction to him had he been unwise?


frankly yes. you only anger bullies by handing over your lunch money before they even ask
 
 
+29 # MidwestDick 2012-11-27 15:14
Let's face it, the Red team head coach is a blustering lying bully whose power is derived from his ability to stir up the worst impulses in people, and those who fight under his banner have developed the worst traits of humanity in themselves so as to better bring the battle to their foes, us, the rest of the American people.
I wait, I hope, that my Brother, my room-mate, my Midwest namesake and the rest of the Rush hypnotized army of rage will come to their senses and join us in working to solve the current crises that beset the American experiment and world civilization instead of spending their time and political energies trying to savage and destroy the President of the United States.
I wait, I hope, that my Brother, my room-mate, my Midwest namesake and the rest of the Rush hypnotized army of rage will come to their senses and join us in working to solve the current crises that beset the American experiment and world civilization instead of spending their time and political energies trying to savage and destroy the President of the United States
 
 
-28 # noitall 2012-11-27 18:49
Would another Democrat have walked on our rights as BHO has? Appealed the judge's decision on the NDAA? shot hundreds of drones worth how many millions apiece at "strategic targets" while killing hundreds of innocent civilians including children and the elderly? wussed out to the worst of the greedy conservative evil bastards? turned the military on the citizens of the USA for fighting for their rights as Americans? Jailed patriotic citizens for "whistle blowing" on activities that they saw that endangered our country? Maybe, maybe not. Having done all that, I wouldn't want him dead AND as Americans wishing for the best that America can be, there was no other choice in this "democracy". Apparently, Obama and Romney were the best that this country had to offer (that the owners of this country could stomach). For the sake of his wife and beautiful children, I want Barack to live to be an old grand father. All we can hope is that some day, he would write a book that answers my question that I have today: WTF?!
 
 
+21 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:27
MWTom - Like many, it appears as if you are choosing your facts selectively, and you assume everything you say is true, or will become true.

The irony for me is that you are now doing what you claim Obama is doing, That is, you are feeding into the diviseness of those who come to this site.

To me, that diviseness will diminish if, or when, you admit to the possibility that you might be wrong about some of your assertions. I have yet to read where you admitted to that possibility. And I won't be holding my breath.
 
 
+37 # Mannstein 2012-11-27 16:49
Your guy lost. Get over it and get a life.

If I had to put up with 8 years of the Shrub you can put up with 8 years of Obama.
 
 
+24 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:10
The threats are coming from the right. Not the left. You can't blame right-wing assasination attempts on liberals who are disappointed that he cooperates too much with right-wing demands.
 
 
+17 # mim 2012-11-27 20:52
The country is divided over Obama, but anyone who blames Obama for causing the division has parted company with reality.
 
 
+94 # AndreM5 2012-11-27 10:08
Yes, it certainly could be "distracting" to be "overwhelmed" daily by death threats to the Obama family. All the more reason why the SS needs thorough vetting for its own extremists and knuckleheads who prefer frat parties, prostitutes and alcohol to their serious duty.
 
 
+71 # genierae 2012-11-27 12:11
When President Obama was first elected the Secret Service, faced with protecting the first black president, admitted that they were traditionally a racist organization, but said that they were professionals, and they would do their job. But they are underfunded with scarce resources, and so let us pray that they make an heroic effort to keep him and his family safe. The alternative would be too hideous to contemplate.

MidwestTom, it was Republicans who divided us, they absolutely refused to cooperate in any way with President Obama. He wasted two years reaching out to them, and all he got was their undying contempt. He's black you know. I'm sorry that you are so filled with hate that you can't see the truth.
 
 
-14 # 666 2012-11-27 16:52
the secret service "underfunded with scarce resources"??? what??? Got some supporting FACTS to go with that.

It is interesting to read this article in the context of Glenn Greenwald's recent critique of BO... Then while you're at it, read Aristotle about how tyrants come to power.... not suggesting a connection, but it's sure interesting...
 
 
+1 # genierae 2012-11-30 09:49
666: I'm not going to do your research for you, look it up. As for Glenn Greenwald, the further left you go the more purist it becomes. We have to deal with the political situation we have, not the one that we would wish to have. That happens to be the Democrats. Your conspiracy theories are tiresome.
 
 
-287 # Michael_K 2012-11-27 10:12
I'm surprised! It seems to me that, if this were true, it would reflect a real animosity towards him in the general public and some movement towards impeaching him, not a sheep-like re-election of an overt criminal. Sounds like the Secret Service is just trying to get a budget increase.
 
 
+63 # Morris Townson 2012-11-27 12:09
What has he done to be "impeached"?

Facts, and Citations please.
 
 
-53 # Michael_K 2012-11-27 13:12
Quoting Morris Townson:
What has he done to be "impeached"?

Facts, and Citations please.


I'm quite sure you don't want me to oblige you in this, but I will anyway:

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/14734-obama-a-gop-president-should-have-limits-to-kill-list

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/287-124/14749-assassination-without-oversight

Just for starters, as if you didn't already know.
 
 
+19 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:15
So, you're saying that right-wing psychopaths are angry at the President for disappointing liberals by caving in to right-wing demands too much?

What do you say about the fact that the threats and assasination attempts started as soon as he announced his candidacy in 2007?

Do right-wing traitors who hate America have the ability to "predict the future"?
 
 
+8 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:31
Quoting Billy Bob:
Sthe threats and assasination attempts started as soon as he announced his candidacy in 2007?

Do right-wing traitors who hate America have the ability to "predict the future"?

frankly yes. that is the point. it is his color not his politics.
 
 
+5 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:30
Quoting Michael_K:
Quoting Morris Townson:
What has he done to be "impeached"?

Facts, and Citations please.


Just for starters, as if you didn't already know.

citations aren't impeachable offenses, unfortunately. their his prerogative as commander in chief backed by the laws passed by congress and by the gang of 5 at the supreme court.
 
 
+82 # pegasus4508 2012-11-27 12:54
Impeachment? Only AFTER we take the Bush/Cheney REGIME to court for war crimes. I hope the GOP does try it. MY congressman will be speaking out and it will get ugly! I have not forgotten and still want them PUNISHED for what they really did. Lie us into wars killing thousands of Americans for PROFIT.
 
 
+4 # Mannstein 2012-11-30 03:58
Let's not forget the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
 
 
+18 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:13
Are you saying that lunatics who threaten the life of the President of the United States of America represent "the general public"?

The "general public" are not all ammo hording racist lunatics.
 
 
-109 # jlohman 2012-11-27 10:17
Maybe that's because we have so many wars going on (both internationally and with the Fat Cats here) and draining taxpayer resources that are not being spent on taxpayers! See my recent article on this at
http://moneyedpoliticians.net/2012/11/26/in-milwaukee-200-march-for-a-free-palestine/
 
 
+81 # Morris Townson 2012-11-27 12:09
Yes, TAX THE RICH NOW.
RAISE MIN. WAGE TO A LIVING WAGE NOW.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:16
Once again, I'm having a difficult time believing the idea that right-wing lunatics are threatening the President of the United States of America because he cooperates too much with the right-wing.
 
 
+233 # NewMexicoDragon 2012-11-27 10:19
MidwestTom, turn off Fox News and look at the facts. President Obama did not divide the country. Unlike our previous president he actually united a majority of voters to be elected in an electoral collage landslide.
 
 
+126 # Adlib 2012-11-27 11:30
Exactly! What do these people expect to happen to our country's unity when the USSC, no less, appoints the actual *loser* in the 2000 election to the presidency? After which, for 8 nightmarish years, Bush and the neocons proceeded to tear down and destroy nearly all that 200+ years of hard work and democracy had built.

Bush and the USSC are the culprits in the current division - and just because those who, for whatever reason, hate Obama and the fact that he actually WAS duly elected blame him, does not make it so. Classic boneheaded obstruction, hatred, racism and projection, does.
 
 
+194 # DaveM 2012-11-27 10:19
However some rabid opponent may feel about the man, the office demands respect, an idea which appears to be being lost in recent years. I understand the Secret Service's reasons for not publicizing what they do but I am glad they are doing their job.

Some activities are simply out of bounds. You don't say "bomb" while in an airport security line, you don't yell "fire!" in a crowded theater, and you certainly don't threaten the President of the Untied States.
 
 
+15 # Doll 2012-11-27 12:52
Quoting DaveM:
However some rabid opponent may feel about the man, the office demands respect, an idea which appears to be being lost in recent years. I understand the Secret Service's reasons for not publicizing what they do but I am glad they are doing their job.

Some activities are simply out of bounds. You don't say "bomb" while in an airport security line, you don't yell "fire!" in a crowded theater, and you certainly don't threaten the President of the Untied States.


I don't think we are untied yet, but I'm hoping we are united.
 
 
+10 # bingers 2012-11-28 08:19
"However some rabid opponent may feel about the man, the office demands respect, an idea which appears to be being lost in recent years. I understand the Secret Service's reasons for not publicizing what they do but I am glad they are doing their job."

Killing Reagan or Bush would have saved this country a ton of bad stuff, but when a nut job tried to kill Reagan I was as pissed off as his biggest supporters.

BTW, at the time I was a Republican precinct captain and got to spend about 5 minutes with him. I found him to be a warm, friendly guy who had no idea about what was going on in the world and felt at that time that he had Alzheimer's which cost me my girl friend whose father was a high ranking Republican operative. I voted for Anderson that year. I quit voting for Republicans with only occasional exceptions when they nominated Bush the dumber.
 
 
+173 # susie01 2012-11-27 10:22
Hey Midwest Tom, Pres. Obama WON by more than 4 Million Votes. Not only are too many people selectively ignorant of facts, btw a GOP strategy in the 2012 election, but the fear and hostility exhibited diminishes the potential joy in life that most people desire. It takes courage to lead the way to a more peaceful, productive society, and the USA President's job is hugely challenging. What motivates such anger and how can we win over it? Try being a leader in your own community and watch your life blossom! Good luck!
 
 
+138 # chicagoflygirls 2012-11-27 10:24
This is a product of the recent divisive talk fostered by the pundits. Sick people think they have a mandate to think like this and to act on it. Sick puppies from a sick society of hatred. Yes they are sick, and we all were awash in the hate virus recently.... I hope our country and our people can get well again. But Fox news is still spewing....
 
 
+94 # hilo 2012-11-27 10:31
Thank you for the report. RSN offeres so much that I would never find on my own, and I don't get all of your news read, but I did read this. As a Chicagoan, I have been made aware of the threats to Obama, and if one is not surprised to learn of the increased number of threats, we need to address the problems that would lead anyone to want to kill the elected leader of our nation.
 
 
+127 # bobby t. 2012-11-27 10:48
Did "The Donald" make a serious threat? What happened to him. The rich literally get away with murder. I am worried, not only for the President, but for his beautiful family. These are the bravest people in the nation, right up their with King, Kennedy's, Evers, and the little kids who walked into the Arkansas schools back then. No one seems to realize the great sacrifice Michelle made to allow her husband to go this route with their lives at stake. How they control their fear is amazing. I hope they are safe, and I know that most of the Secret Service takes their jobs very seriously. They will take a bullet for Obama.
 
 
+9 # AndreM5 2012-11-27 11:20
Agree with the "most" of SS comment.
 
 
+68 # robniel 2012-11-27 11:27
Makes one wonder if it's worth living in the most violent (and ignorant) developed nation on earth.
 
 
+14 # readerz 2012-11-27 13:22
I wonder too... this election exhausted me, and we can't all be distracted by politics all the time. However, not only is it best to improve wherever you live, the other countries now are not quick to take people in.
 
 
+17 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:40
Rob - It is the ways in which this country is developing that make me wonder.

The tendency in this country is for people to blame other people for how they feel. Once we blame someone else, we will then attempt to change the other person, rather than look at the reasons why we respond as we do.

What most people don't want to admit to is how much their biases, prejudices, opinions or assumptions feed into their emotional responses to other people. As long as a person has someone to blame or scapegoat for how they feel, they don't even have to consider the idea that it is they who need to change.

It's always the other person's fault that they happen to be black, or gay, or female, or Muslim. Doesn't matter. It's all xenophobia - the fear of anything or anyone that is alien or different from one's "norm."

Because this kind of attitude assumes that their assumptions, opinions, biases or prejudices are always correct, always "righteous," they never think about the need to change their minhds. More on this later...
 
 
+5 # peacefulvoice@bellsouth.net 2012-11-28 08:55
dovelane1 understands the underlying reason for increasing blind prjudicial hate.
 
 
+2 # Mannstein 2012-11-30 04:04
And I always thought the US was a shining city on the hill. An example to the nations or did I get that wrong?
 
 
+56 # j.a.o 2012-11-27 11:11
The fact that this country has been splintered from back to Reagan years. And before that, when Kennedy was assassinated(19 68). This country has been carefully calculatedly split. To divide and conquer for the multi-national corporations( Exxon Mobil) to move in. And the American people are ignorant to see it. Instead they grab a hold of sound bites and act like parrots, not thinking for themselves because they have to use too much time to make ends meet in the ever increasing challenge to hold up their fantasy lively hoods of a house , 2 cars, kids in college, all the electronics and toys to purchase and feel good, while the country goes to hell.
 
 
+26 # readerz 2012-11-27 13:27
Little correction: Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated. Then followed ML King in 1968, and RF Kennedy. A very troubled time.

I have no objection to toys, but I do have an objection to slave labor and fossil fuels.
 
 
+26 # Skanner 2012-11-27 13:28
I suspect you're younger than I am, and were fortunate enough not to have to live through this period in history. If you're referring to President John Kennedy's assassination, that occurred on November 22, 1963 (not 1968). The nation will be memorializing the 50th anniversary of this tragic event next year - Nov. 22nd 2013.

If, on the other hand, you are referring to the assassination of JFK's younger brother Robert, that DID occur in 1968. For those of us who lived through those years, it seemed that the Kennedys were victim to one tragedy after another.
 
 
+110 # DikBala 2012-11-27 11:23
Every President has had his detractors and ideological enemies. Certainly George W. did not enjoy anything like universal popularity. So why the extreme vitriol for Obama? Two factors jump into mind: (1) Fox New, Limbaugh, and their ilk, who publish poison under the guise of news and "balanced" commentary; and (2) the waning but still-not-dead fear among some whites that blacks and minorities are taking over and will destroy their lifestyles. Both play on fear and ignorance.
 
 
+6 # peacefulvoice@bellsouth.net 2012-11-28 09:03
In a country such as the USA it is called EVOLUTION not racial take-over .I believe this was meant to be the character of what is called the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
 
 
+5 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 13:40
peaceful - Syndicated columnist Sydney Harris said as much many years ago. He wrote that the intent of the founding fathers was to create a country in which every person had access to a good "quality" of life.

this intention was subverted in the 1800's by the robber baron's priority of gaining as much wealth and power as they could, to where most people look at a good life being one in which one has the most "quantity" of things.


Can you imagine what this country would be like if everybody's intent was that everyone have access to a good quality of life?

Basing our judment of what is good in life on the quantity of things one has feeds into ALL of the negative things that have happened, and still continue to happen. That's what consumerism and all addictions are based on - MORE is GOOD, BIGGER is BETTER.

Where this ends,... well, perhaps climate change will answer that question.
 
 
+89 # HahliHohli 2012-11-27 11:24
As I read these comments, I am simply amazed that so many give reasons why these presidential death threats are so numerous. Hello, people, when did it become "okay" to threaten anyone's life for whatever reason! And this happening in a so called civilized "Christian" nation? Just think about it.
 
 
+42 # pegasus4508 2012-11-27 12:58
GOP Christians - without a shred of knowledge of what REAL Christianity is about. It is so sad, but also illuminating. At least now, we KNOW how hateful, extreme and desperate the GOP has become.
 
 
+8 # bingers 2012-11-28 08:23
Quoting pegasus4508:
GOP Christians - without a shred of knowledge of what REAL Christianity is about. It is so sad, but also illuminating. At least now, we KNOW how hateful, extreme and desperate the GOP has become.


If you vote Republican these sad days you have forfeited all claim to Christianity or patriotism.
 
 
+10 # tbcrawford 2012-11-27 13:55
It's the "Christians" stupid!
 
 
+2 # Mannstein 2012-11-30 04:11
Not really. Some mainline Christian Churches are finally beginning to speak out publicly against the outrages in Gaza courtesy of Netenyahooo. Which is good.
 
 
+1 # mim 2012-11-30 06:17
Thank you for the quotation marks, tbcrawford.
 
 
+76 # elanx7@sbcglobel.net 2012-11-27 11:30
The insane nazi Republicans and their tea party paratroopers have been promoting this kind of crap ever since Barry was elected. In their secret heart they are simply haters promoting evil.
 
 
+5 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 13:46
elan - I don't know that I want to brand all Republicans with the same broad brush. They were, at one time, a needed balance to Democrats. However, it does appear that most of the sane, or centrist Republicans have gone under the bus, or been voted out of office by the more zealous of their party members.

To me, the irony about what you say is that hate is the emotion on the outside of their behavior. It is the facade. Underlying all the hate is probably fear. An ealrier post mentioned the fear that they were losing power and status. Perhaps it is the fear they will no longer be able to control others behaviors and attitudes. Karl Rove certainly comes to mind. Fox news also.

It is a very scared person who wants to have control over other people, rather than sharing control with other people.

I suspect there is a shared delusion involved in their agendas, and the outcome in too many cases is negative at best, and evil at worst.
 
 
+58 # sebastiangerard 2012-11-27 11:37
Amazing! Even an article about the racist whack jobs threatening the President brings out more commentary from the racist whack jobs. We have seen the political right of this country inexorably enable the sick racist low-life that has lurked under its rock. It is America's "original sin" and will never go away. Crushing them politically, as recently happened, is like taunting a rattlesnake.
 
 
+45 # Corvette-Bob 2012-11-27 11:42
All of the old white males with their guns feel threatened and feel like they have lost all of their potency. They want to act out as if their lives have any meaning or consequences. As the ad says 10,000 people retire every day and soon that rate will be the number of Republicanswho will be leaving and going to that big Fox Network in the sky. Demographics are on the side of the Democrats and this last election was the last election that the Republicans had a chance of winning but they picked the plastic man whom nobody could support not even the old white man of the south.
 
 
+14 # readerz 2012-11-27 13:33
I hope that you are others are right about that, but some people become more conservative as they age; either it's the loss of brain cells and lack of B 12, or they become paranoid about their nest egg. Either way, I hope that saner heads prevail.
 
 
-13 # noitall 2012-11-27 14:20
"Demographics are on the side of the Democrats" why isn't that cause for comfort? DemocratsRepubl icansIndustrial istsPollutersTh ieves One of the same as far as I can see. There are subtle differences and generally we've been less screwed by the democrats but our problem is that they're all owned by the same evil entity (you know, the one that we're not allowed to know about). My dream is that the People will suddenly realize that they have the power to make life great and will begin to do so. Fat chance? you're probably right.
 
 
+36 # Pianoman 2012-11-27 11:45
Prince of fools, country of fools... This would be totally laughable if it weren't so sadly indicative of the depths to which our political discourse has sunk. The "fools" in this country are the ones who prattle on about the lies and misinformation all the wing-nuts keep sending to each other over the internet. A little critical thinking and a short internet search generally shows these things up for what they are... Pure invention - Just like the so-called editorial from "Prager Zeitungon" (a mispelling, by the way) which cannot be documented as genuine. More likely it was written by another wing nut who couldn't win an argument with the truth and so resorted to lies instead.
 
 
-5 # noitall 2012-11-27 14:15
The "fools" are those who think that we live in a democracy; who think that this auction that we just completed was an election; those who ignore the manipulation of our economy and job and education opportunities that make military service the only chance for our poor youth; those who let the promise of "jobs" perpetuate crimes against our health and our environment with coal and tar sand development; those who re-elect those who deny climate change and those who hold office that do nothing drastic to address it. This country has its share of fools but the world is in it's current state because of the foolishness that is borne by their religions that place man above all else. It is THIS that will ultimately put man in his rightful place. Foolish is as foolish does and the whole world is doing it.
 
 
+4 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 14:00
Dear noitall - It's been said that a cynic is someone who is prematurely disappointed in the future. It seems that you fit that description.

Sadly, I share some of the same views you do. The hard part is to not give in to the negativity, and then, stop showing up with one's truth and presence.

Once we, the people, stop showing up as whistle-blowers , truth-tellers, and consciences, then evil and negativity will certainly carry the day.

I am as concerned about this country at least as much as you are. I will not give up without a fight. I will continue to
1. show up
2. pay attention
3. tell the truth, as I know it - at this point in time, and
4. be open to the outcomes

I certainly hope I am not fooling myself about what kind of difference I can make. I do know that I will make no difference at all if I quit showing up, paying attention, and telling the truth.

I do hope you will continue to show up, and continue to be one of the fleas that bite us when we get too complacent, or when we want to congratualte ourselves too much or too easily.

There is still a lot of work to do.
 
 
+3 # mim 2012-11-29 20:42
Wasn't George W. Bush the prince of fools?
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-11-30 03:57
Quoting mim:
Wasn't George W. Bush the prince of fools?


No, that would be Reagan, Bush would be the king of fools.
 
 
+3 # GGmaw 2012-11-30 04:39
George Bush was evil and a tool of Wall Street and the military - but a fool - no. Republicans accomplished more of their anti-American policies under him than any Republican president. Republicans started two wars accumulated billions in wealth, privatized everything they could (including much of war). Thanks to the American voters Republicans did not destroy social security and Medicare.
 
 
+8 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-27 11:51
All of us should be taking-stock for the violence of our lifestyles, 'hate' (George Orwell '1984') perceptions & relationships. We're all in trouble & Barack, as many do has his life on the line. President Obama supposedly represents us, but he as well has his own deep levels of media or supposed 'intelligence-c ommunity' hates (negative perceptions) as well as being surrounded by the Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial-Complex war-hate machine. Obama or his administration (who can tell the difference?) employs the institutional violence of the state to bomb & kill 100s of thousands of people in Libya & many tens of countries worldwide. Obama has stated his appreciation for Mohandas Gandhi without having studied his message & life. Gandhi approached life 'dialectically' ('both-sides'). Gandhi's 'Satyagraha' (Hindi = 'truth-search') was based in inquiry with both-sides of each situation, "What are your best intentions & how can we help you achieve these?" If Obama can animate this dialectic practice for all of us in every business, community, school, institution etc., then we can all begin through dialectic engagement to create positive collaborative relations. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-both-sides-now-article
 
 
+43 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-11-27 11:52
And, what about Mitch McConnell? Has he fueled these threats. He should be impeached.
 
 
+35 # Independentgal 2012-11-27 13:48
Agree about impeachment. How could the minority leader of the Senate say that the number one goal was to make sure Obama was a one term president? What about jobs and everything else that would benefit the country?? If that's not treason -- and reason for impeachment -- then what is?? He certainly acted against the country.
 
 
+4 # peacefulvoice@bellsouth.net 2012-11-28 09:15
mC CONELL'S open hostility made things easier to deal with.Trying to undermind the President should be an impeachable conduct. Also, hate groups threats against the govenment is far over the limit of FREE SPEACH. Those groups SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH TREASONOUS CONDUCT
 
 
+4 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 14:14
As much as I agree that McConnell's conduct was atrocious, I don't know that I want to make it impeachable. He still has the right to his opinion, and that right should never be impeachable.

The thing that bothered me about his behavior, and the the behavior of those other Republicans he contracted with, was that it was mostly done in secret. He made no secret of wanting Obama to be a one-term president. The secret was in how much they were willing to obstruct everything he and the Democrats tried to do.

My guess is his rationalization is that he believed he was doing his job, as HE defined it. My thought is that he defines his job as standing up for the people that elected him to office.

My problem with that is that I don't believe it is the job of any elected official to stand up for hate, hostility, discrimination, prejudice, or any of the other negative things his constituency apparently stands for. Shouldn't his job be to challenge those kinds of attitudes?

In any case, it was the intentional nature of his, and their, behavior I find disquieting. At the very least they were NOT doing the jobs they were hired to do, and, for that, they should have been fired. Perhaps, if we work hard enough, that will happen sooner rather than later.
 
 
+42 # fredboy 2012-11-27 11:52
I've long said he and his family are the bravest first family in U.S. history. Because of all the hate pouring from the GOP and other white supremacists. God bless them. And may God curse the evil doers.
 
 
-8 # noitall 2012-11-27 14:06
Quoting fredboy:
I've long said he and his family are the bravest first family in U.S. history. Because of all the hate pouring from the GOP and other white supremacists. God bless them. And may God curse the evil doers.

Historically it hasn't been the loud mouths and the threateners that do the evil deed, it's those who stand to lose their position of advantage that are dangerous. Obama is very careful to not upset the status quo, he doesn't screw with them.
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:18
Perhaps you have information that the Secret Service doesn't know about.
 
 
+30 # Vardoz 2012-11-27 11:55
No wonder he has a hard time standing up to the greedy, powerful corporations who want to force him to make cuts that hurt people so they can stay rich and continue to suck off our system themselves. They don't care if our nation, us and the planet goes to hell in a handbasket. I wonder if Presidents in the EU get death threats? He's mentioned over and over about the forces that mkae it hard to do the things he wants to do.
 
 
+17 # Pickwicky 2012-11-27 14:45
I reject the notion that Obama doesn't 'stand-up' to corporations or anyone else because of death threats. That he's a man of principles is evident in his personal and his public life. While these threats may be unsettling to the President and to his family, I think his governing decisions depend wholly on what's in the best interest of the country.
 
 
+56 # JayMagoo 2012-11-27 11:56
Unfortunately, this in part explains Obama's reluctance to pursue many of the Liberal policies we elected him to pursue. Any sensible man, with or without a family, could not ever put so many horrible, ugly threats out of his mind. President Obama is an intellectual, a man of gentle nature who is compassionate and caring about the welfare of all Americans. To have to put up with even one threat from some half-witted, mentally deranged citizen merely because of being of mixed race is totally unacceptable. When you add the insane cacophony from the right wing racists and segregationists , much of it in code, but some frankly threatening, we have a situation that defies sanity. I just hope to God none of those who threaten him ever get even close to success.
 
 
+11 # hbheinze 2012-11-27 14:07
JayMagoo: Beautifully stated! My thoughts exactly, but I could never write it that eloquently!
 
 
+2 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:40
when you give all your lunch money to the first bully you see, you'll be bullied till you change schools.
 
 
+1 # Pickwicky 2012-11-29 11:10
JayMagoo--The party of 'NO' explains most of Obama'a policy failures. The death threats explain nothing of the kind. Obama knew long before his bid for the oval office what he and his family were in for. Michelle was especially reluctant to take the risk, but unlike Colin Powell's wife, she steeled herself and accepted that terrible risk. You sadly underestimate Mr. Obama by claiming he is paralyzed by fear of assassination.
 
 
+42 # katieOR 2012-11-27 12:02
Fifty years ago, Julian Bond fought for Civil Rights along side of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King and others. Fifty years later? NOTHING has changed, in fact racism is worse now than ever before, especially in the Southern States, where by 7 have brought suit before the Supreme Court saying that they no longer NEED The Voting Act of 1968. WHAT??? With the horrible supression of Voting Rights in this last election??? We better hope and pray this doesn't make it through the courts, or we will never again see another fair election in this country, USA is MORE biggoted than ever with the likes of Fox News and their drones, Lindsey Graham, Mitch (the itch) McConnell and McCain tossed in for good measure along with their sicko's of talk radio, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and the rest of the slime balls!!
 
 
+23 # Nel 2012-11-27 12:12
It's top priority of all of us (not only the SS)to see the President and/or his family are not harm, not only for their sake but for he sake of us all. Were her harmed the Country woulds go into chaos.
 
 
+41 # ABen 2012-11-27 12:14
Why not call most of this fear and hate mongering about Obama what it really is--white grievance coupled with racism. Obama and his administration have done a credible job of righting the ship of state, restoring respect for U.S. diplomacy around the world, and pulling the country back from another great depression while dealing with the most obstructionist Congress since FDR's second term. Perhaps all the gun-toting loonies who want to brag about taking out this duly elected president should actually read the Constitution that they claim to love and work to re-acquaint themselves with a fact-based reality. I am a white guy in my 60's, he is my president, and I very tired of small minds and bigots trying to trash him. I suggest they suck it up and get on with their lives or embrace Romney's idea of self-deportatio n.
 
 
+24 # Independentgal 2012-11-27 13:53
If only they would self-deport! They can't suck it up, because they've been brainwashed by Rush and Fox Republican News. If Rush and Fox were to leave the scene, the hospital emergency rooms would be overflowing with all the folks who don't have anything to feed their addiction to hatred, biased and dishonest reporting
 
 
+33 # laopusa 2012-11-27 12:45
in a way i am not surprised, but pleased by the diversity of comments. such is the state of a democracy. for example, i can not imagine this discourse being carried out on mainland china blogs.
but, i am truly concerned that a president who is trying to do his best for the people is so often vilified by those who most need his help. lincoln was on a similar tract and got assassinated. i just hope our secret services are truly vigilant in protecting this man who was elected democratically.
 
 
+16 # Kiwikid 2012-11-27 13:13
This reflects a very worrying trend that has been growing for some time - the extreme polarisation of the American citizenry. This is not just a problem of the right - it is also one of the left. We on the left can relax (somewhat) because Obama won. It would have been interesting to see the reaction if Romney was headed for the White House. This polarisation has become so intense that it effects the rest of us (non-Americans) . My 30yr old son and I go out for lunch every week, and often discuss the US political scene. He is right wing. Something is seriously wrong when we end up shouting at one another in the car, over political processes that are happening on the other side of the planet. And its not just that we need therapy - its that we've become news junkies feeding on opposing strands of the American media. America has a serious problem and I don't see any easy fix anytime soon.
 
 
+14 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:06
I have a cousin who is inbred Republican. The one thing I asked him was this: Is it your priority to get to the truth? Yes or no?

He said his priority was to get to the truth, no matter where it led him. When he told me that, I told him that we are now on the same side, and that is that we are both trying to get to the truth.

The problem with most Republicans, and maybe many other people as well, is that they have learned to believe they already know the truth, while the rest of us are still in the process of getting to the "whole" truth.

What I have yet to hear most Republicans, politicians and supporters, is the simple phrase "I might be wrong." It is the inability to say this phrase, or have this attitude in their list of abilities, that doesn't allow people to change their minds about anything. This is what leads to the "my way or the highway" attitude of so many people who are in power. This is the attitude of all zealots. Mitch McConnell comes chiefly to mind, but there are so many others like him.

It is this attitude that fosters the polarization that is keeping America stuck. As a teacher I once knew told me, "If yu can't change your mind, what can you change?"

Until a person has the ability to change their mind, nothing will change, and we will continue to be stuck here.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-11-28 08:30
Quoting Kiwikid:
This reflects a very worrying trend that has been growing for some time - the extreme polarisation of the American citizenry. This is not just a problem of the right - it is also one of the left. We on the left can relax (somewhat) because Obama won. It would have been interesting to see the reaction if Romney was headed for the White House. This polarisation has become so intense that it effects the rest of us (non-Americans). My 30yr old son and I go out for lunch every week, and often discuss the US political scene. He is right wing. Something is seriously wrong when we end up shouting at one another in the car, over political processes that are happening on the other side of the planet. And its not just that we need therapy - its that we've become news junkies feeding on opposing strands of the American media. America has a serious problem and I don't see any easy fix anytime soon.


We've already seen what the left does. The 2000 election, which Gore actually won according to the vote count from Florida was finally done a year later and which was only close because of the illegal actions of Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush, and 2004 when fixed voting machines flipped the Ohio results.

The left protested mightily, but didn't threaten the lives of anyone. Every leftist is a better person than any right winger.
 
 
+28 # lincolnimp 2012-11-27 13:35
I have assumed that President Obama was getting daily death threats a la Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and countless other successful Americans of African heritage. I've just never seen it in print until now. I can't imagine what effect this would have on someone, but I know I would "get out of Dodge" if I had received even one death threat when I was a teacher. When I saw the President's lackluster performance in the first debate, I wondered out loud if he had been threatened or his family had been threatened..it' s enough to take the starch out of anyone. Anyway, my support for this courageous and beleaguered President has never wavered. I'm not religious, but I pray (in my own way) that he gets the protection he and his family need...at all times.
 
 
+7 # bingers 2012-11-28 08:34
Quoting lincolnimp:
I have assumed that President Obama was getting daily death threats a la Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron and countless other successful Americans of African heritage. I've just never seen it in print until now. I can't imagine what effect this would have on someone, but I know I would "get out of Dodge" if I had received even one death threat when I was a teacher. When I saw the President's lackluster performance in the first debate, I wondered out loud if he had been threatened or his family had been threatened..it's enough to take the starch out of anyone. Anyway, my support for this courageous and beleaguered President has never wavered. I'm not religious, but I pray (in my own way) that he gets the protection he and his family need...at all times.


Personally I believe that everyone has overlooked the obvious concerning the first debate. The night before Syria shot missiles into Turkey and Obama was up all night. That day was Michelle's birthday and he probably got little or no sleep then. Then, when the debate rolled around he had been up for 36 hours under incredible stress. How would any of us performed under those circumstances?
 
 
+3 # mim 2012-11-29 04:45
Actually, it was their wedding anniversary.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-11-29 10:56
Quoting mim:
Actually, it was their wedding anniversary.


Whoops! 8^) Well, you have major problems forgetting either. Fortunately he has someone to remind him before he forgets, unlike me.
 
 
+12 # Beverly 2012-11-27 13:38
Amen to ABen!!!! A sanely spoken evaluation of all which has
been repeated on this site!!! We just have to wait for those
hating any other than their own skin-caste to become either
enlightened or until the breed dies out!!!
 
 
+8 # Pickwicky 2012-11-27 15:00
Beverly--I'm with you, but it's going to be a long, long, long wait. My hunch is the 2nd Amendment will have to be revisited by logicians and revised by SCOTUS. Even if changed, many decades will pass before this country is cleansed of buckeroos.
 
 
+16 # MidwestDick 2012-11-27 13:52
Let's face it, the Red team head coach is a blustering lying bully whose power is derived from his ability to stir up the worst impulses in people, and those who fight under his banner have developed the worst traits of humanity in themselves so as to better bring the battle to their foes, us, the rest of the American people.
I wait, I hope, that my Brother, my room-mate, my Midwest namesake and the rest of the Rush hypnotized army of rage will come to their senses and join us in working to solve the current crises that beset the American experiment and world civilization instead of spending their time and political energies trying to savage and destroy the President of the United States.
I wait, I hope, that my Brother, my room-mate, my Midwest namesake and the rest of the Rush hypnotized army of rage will come to their senses and join us in working to solve the current crises that beset the American experiment and world civilization instead of spending their time and political energies trying to savage and destroy the President of the United States.
 
 
+2 # genierae 2012-11-27 17:00
Well said, MidwestDick!
 
 
-13 # noitall 2012-11-27 14:00
Obama has riled up a diverse group of people, racists, bigots, those who feel jilted, peaceniks, dumb asses, those who watch FOX news, etc. but he is playing well for the extractors, the multi-nationals , the Big private sector moguls, the munitions manufacturers, fossil fuel corporations, etc. I think he'll be just fine.
 
 
+10 # VMWH 2012-11-27 15:18
I did not read to find out how many others had the wit to reference check Howard. I am betting I am not the first, second or third. http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?p=1683146 The article is bogus and the newspaper does not exist. Next time bring facts to the discussion, not gossip.
 
 
+22 # jimvw2@msn.com 2012-11-27 15:43
Most of the respondents here are missing the point. We have a BLACK president, and suddenly we have the most threats ever.

Good grief, people, this article is not about some editorial from the Czech Republic on whether or not the American electorat or the President is more inferior.

It's about the willingness of angry white males to threaten a capital crime against our President just because he's black.

Doesn't anybody here care what that says about the racial animus and bigotry of middle aged and older white males (aka the Republican Party)?

These people need to be routed out and punished publicly to demonstrate that we don't tolerate threats against the person chosen by the majority to lead us, Republican or Democrat, black or white.

Obfuscation of this crisis is just disgusting.
 
 
+8 # dovelane1 2012-11-27 16:56
Jim - As with most people, you miss the real point. IThe response to Obama is all about xenophobia - the fear of anyone or anything that is alien or different from one's norm.

It is not just that he is black. My guess is he would get the same, or a similar response, if he was gay, or Latino, or Muslim, though I don't know if any of those minorities would be elected president at present.

The fact that he is different from who these people think should be in power is what feeds their fear. Because it's the presidency, I think that makes people more rabid. Rush Limp and company just want to add fuel to the fire, so as to keep people from noticing how much their fear drives their decisions and behaviors.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:21
Of course it isn't simply JUST because he's black, but HE IS BLACK. He's not any of those other things. He IS black and that's pissing them off. I agree the reaction would be the same if he were Asian or Latino. If he really was the "secret Muslim" they fantasize about the reaction would be off the charts.

Still, he IS black, and the hatred toward HIM is because of that fact. Everything else is a rationalization .
 
 
+3 # Pickwicky 2012-11-28 09:33
Dovelane--It's too easy to think that hate is the result of fear. I don't buy it. Claiming hate is predicated on fear gives the hater a soft out--poor fellow he's so tormented by fear he can't help but hate and lash out. Baloney. Hate is begot by deep pure meanness. There has to be in every hater a kernel of cruelty and malcontent--pro bably first, for themselves, but that kernel explodes when it finds an exterior target and hugely expands when it finds kindred haters.

When I think of fear, I think of parents hovering over a critically ill baby.
 
 
+4 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 14:34
Pick - My belief is thaqt fear manifests itself in a number of ways.

Part of the problem with the situation you mention is definition. To me, parents hovering over an ill child are showing concern, not fear. If they believe they have no control over the situation, the concern might change to fear.

To me, the people who choose to define their behavior as hate, are able to rationalize their decision to hate as being based on logical facts. "I don't trust blacks, so it's okay to hate them." Their rationalization loses some or much power if they are able to say "I am afraid of blacks."

I also think that getting to the root of a problem is the first step in changing the problem. When a person is focused on their hate, it's much easier to ignore the roots of fear that produce the hate.

People can think of themselves as being strong when they are full of hate, but I don't think they can see themselves the same way when they see themselves as full of fear.

The main problem is the self-hatred involved in being afraid in the first place. I think it's much easier for people to admit to hate than it is to admit to fear.

Mopst of us have learned to be afraid of being afriad, which is why the problem is so hard to face. And, unfortunately for all of us, nothing changes until one faces what it is one is really afraid of.
 
 
+4 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-28 16:50
Pickwicky, Dovelane, You both raise important complementary dimensions about 'hate'. It's used in different ways by different people.

George Orwell's '1984' portrait of 'hates' is valuable. Orwell watched his nation England descend into state-sponsored media delivered hates of Germans, Italians, Japanese & other Axis powers during WW2.

'1984' is a good description about how constant media fed negative perceptions about one side without hearing equally from that side itself, produces disdain, aggravation, dislike, irritation & disgust in the individual. When 'negative-indoc trinated' individuals are orchestrated to express these negative feelings, then we descend to new lows in our humaness.

A key observation by Orwell is that the media-fed negative perceptions instilled in individuals are invisible 'hates' until they are mobilized in some form of state or corporate manipulation. The citizen isn't usually aware of the hate burden which they are carrying around. Citizens carrying around negative perceptions about other countries in the world as our media is wont to do, are easy targets for 'hate' campaigns by the war-armaments-m unitions-securi ty industry. Campaigns of corporate state sponsored hate is endemic to colonial citizen collaboration in the genocide of hundreds of millions of 1st Nations, NAZI death camps etc. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/both-sides-now-equal-time-recorded-dialogues
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-12-01 01:31
DJ - I think the problem is cultural or systemic in nature. However, I think it's even more basic than what you note.

I think it starts with how we as males (and females) learn to define what is appropriate and valuable to gender definitions.

For example, most men learn to believe that weakness is not a valuable or appropriate "male' trait. The problem is that we all learn different definitions of what "weakness" means. Most definitions come from our parents, and then are often supported by the culture we grow up in.

For many men, caring is defined as a weakness. Do you understand how that learned definition would cause a man to react to everything in life? Can you imagine what kinds of internal conflicts that might raise in a man who needs caring, but is totally afraid of it at the same time.

In the book "One Minute Wisdom," Anthony DeMello wrote that love is the absence of all fear. But what is it most people fear. It is love.

It's been written that life is 5% how we make it and 95% how we learned to take it.

Our early socialization determines so much of how we learn to take things. So many times we learn to take things personally, and here we are - everyone taking everything personally, and blaming everyone else for how we respond, never understanding how much our responses are based on our early socialization. Our culture both socializes us and reinforces that socialization.
 
 
+2 # Pickwicky 2012-11-29 11:39
Dove--if all one felt 'hovering over a critically ill baby' is concern, then I suspect that baby wasn't 'critically ill.'

Which is another way to say we're having a word dispute--and it probably can't be settled.

"I don't trust blacks, so it's okay to hate them." is neither a 'logical fact' nor a valid argument.

Some years ago I had a skin-head-type student. He wasn't afraid of black people; he thought them weak and stupid, easily overwhelmed. Yet he hated them deeply. These things he said to me. I believed him.

And, yes, Douglas Jack, hate has various uses and many authors. Orwell's depiction focused on the uses of fear and hate. In our discussion, I maintain that hate can and does exist without fear, but the two are not mutually exclusive.
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-12-01 01:16
Pick - Sorry, I must have missed the word "critically" re: the ill child. Even so, parents and people still have a choice about how they express their feelings.

To me, there is a difference between "concern" and "worry." Worry always seems based on fear; concern is not.

At present, I do my best to not worry about things I have no control over, or things that haven't happened yet. And I do my best to know the difference between the two. It's connected to staying here and now, rather than living in the future.

As for your "skinhead" student, my guess is he was afraid of what blacks represented to him - weakness, stupidity, being easily overwhelmed. In this culture, and many others, "weakness" is not seen as a valuable "masculine" trait. Weakness is mostly seen as a "feminine" trait. Can you understand how a person would then transfer those traits to those he's been told all his life fit those stereotypes, clearly scapegoating them.

How else would a person respond who has been told by his parents, peer group and the media all his life that it is not masculine to be weak?

Look at the "skinhead's" peer group. Don't all his peers believe and promote the same ideas? If his ideas are never challenged, and are fully supported by his peer group and parents, why should he even consider change?

Look at the "skinhead" in the context of his peer group, parents, and culture.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-11-27 18:23
Perfectly said. This should not be tollerated. My personal view is that some of these folks need to be made an example of to nip this in the butt. If I were President I'd make sure these people knew who they were dealing with. Potential "copycat" criminals would be too intimidated to even contemplate it.
 
 
-12 # isafakir 2012-11-27 21:45
before taking office obama made it clear that election results did not matter and that the bullies could have their own way if they wanted it.
 
 
+1 # dovelane1 2012-12-01 01:40
Billy - I understand your intention behind the idea of nipping this in the "butt."

However, the correct idea is "nipping it in the bud," so as to keep what your nipping from coming to flower and thus to fruition.

My concern is that nipping these people in the butt would only make them madder, and MORE prone to taking their violent thoughts out on others. ;-)
 
 
+23 # Global Canadian 2012-11-27 17:03
As a Canadian living overseas travelling worldwide, I can confirm that even my business friends in other countries were horrified at the simplistic rhetoric of Romney et al. The collective sigh of relief on Obama's election was palpable. Perfect? no. But to pretend that the "trickle down effect" works, or that in a land of corporate favours you could ever have a "free market" system, or to ignore your third world rates of literacy and maternal deaths is the sign of a people turning a blind eye to the suffering of fellow Americans. How is it that in your "civilised" country, the solution that occurs to a vast number of your populace is to physically attack the rightfully elected leader or be totally uncooperative and block all political change because your buddy did not get elected? Playground politics...... I also laugh when I hear the old line about how your country was founded on Christian principles - ask the aboriginals, slaves, the early trade unionists or suffragettes - like those who think murdering or dismissing the president is an answer (many of whom would call themselves Christian) they have forgotten the Golden Rule, and "there but for the grace of God go I". When will they ever learn?
 
 
+4 # Doubter 2012-11-27 18:49
How about: Christian CHURCH principles.
(I'm Agnostic, or Atheist if God means the Xstian God, but I'm willing to cut individual Christians a LITTLE slack)
 
 
-16 # robcarter.vn 2012-11-27 18:00
"According to the Secret Service, the president is the most threatened person in the U.S., regardless of political party.

The President is not made aware of all threats against him, however, because as the Secret Service says, "the sheer number would be overwhelming and, frankly, distracting."

Excellent points I agree. He just made an historic ASEAN visit without any troubles, well don Mr P.

Bet that protection cost a bomb. Anyhow those who talk (Therat-makers) never do, and those who do (JW Booth & LH Oswald, even Ruby) never talk.
Anyway who would wan't to Kill Obiwannabia noce guy. He is needed for the 4 years economic disasters if he doesn't get assasinated over a physical cliff?
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2012-11-27 18:23
Y'know, to all you Obama-haters and death-wishers, I DETESTED with quite a fierce and burning passion, Reagan/Bush, Dimnwits/Cheney and Twit/Ryan as well as Thatcher, and worked as best I could against them -BUT the thought of killing or attacking any physically of them NEVER ONCE crossed my mind.
You and your ilk are really brave and patriotic credits to America and examples of some of the root causes of regression and medievalism here!
 
 
+6 # tuandon 2012-11-28 04:45
First of all, there is no such newspaper as the "Prager Zeitung." Prager Zeitung is German for "Prague Newspaper." Another case of some Rightwing twit who knows nothing of the world, either making up some crap, or falling for some made-up crap, that fits his warped belief system. Considering how few of these "patriots" have been outside the USA or who speak a second language, I think there ought to be a law banning them from making any statement on foreign policy or ANYTHING that occurs outside our boundaries. In fact, there ought to be a law confining them within the boundaries of Tennessee, where they can freely indulge in their stupid fantasies and leave the rest of us alone.
 
 
+6 # bingers 2012-11-28 08:40
Hey! My daughter lives in Tennessee. She already has more than enough nut cases around her. Send them to Texas, or even better, Alaska from which they can watch Russia. 8^)
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-11-28 10:09
Quoting tuandon:
First of all, there is no such newspaper as the "Prager Zeitung." Prager Zeitung is German for "Prague Newspaper." Another case of some Rightwing twit who knows nothing of the world, either making up some crap, or falling for some made-up crap, that fits his warped belief system. Considering how few of these "patriots" have been outside the USA or who speak a second language, I think there ought to be a law banning them from making any statement on foreign policy or ANYTHING that occurs outside our boundaries. In fact, there ought to be a law confining them within the boundaries of Tennessee, where they can freely indulge in their stupid fantasies and leave the rest of us alone.

To be quite specific, it's a German-language newspaper covering Austria, Switzerland and part of Chekoslovakia. It does exist -I've been to the website.
Otherwise, agreed en toto.
 
 
+7 # Archie1954 2012-11-28 14:50
What does that tell you about extremist right wing regressives masquerading as Republicans? Yes, I believe the Republicans and their disgusting, degrading rethoric are responsible for the loonies out there losing their tentative cool.
 
 
+8 # nancyw 2012-11-28 18:06
And yet, our man Obama has declared his love for and willing service to this country. If that isn't patriotic... if that isn't noble, if that isn't caring ... I don't know what is... I am fully supportive of our President and know deeply that he is a good man in a very difficult if not impossible situation. Long Live Obama!
 
 
0 # Lennie 2012-12-07 10:31
Why should this be a surprise for anyone? Too many loonies in this country. Now, we even have a tv show, Scandal,where the president gets shot. Violence, violence, violence. Will we ever learn? Doesn't look like it.
 

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