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.
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.
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."
You know I think most of us already know this is probably true but seeing it in print is pretty frightening.
I have worried about this President ever since the day he was inaugurated in 2009, and I don't think I will stop until he leaves office in 2017.
And THIS is the environment in which he is expected to function while leading this nation and creating policies for the betterment of his fellow Americans. Many of who would no doubt take to the streets in celebration, if in fact an assassin's bullet were to find its mark.
By the way, as if I needed one, this just give me ANOTHER reason to despise Sarah Palin and the Pandora's box of hatred and racism that she helped to open up in 2004.
Update: Salon reports that the racism is being passed along to the younger generation:
Using racist language to call for the president’s assassination is shocking on its own, but even more notable is the large number of children — high school students and recent grads — who appear on this Tumblr. A typical post: “If that coon takes my gun ill turn him into Bin Laden and blow his damn brains out!”
This is Colten Chandler, a cherubic-looking student attending Mayville–Portland High School in North Dakota.
Sean Spratt, another high school student: “Well Atleast I got to see my brothers friends [Halloween] costume it will still be my favorite! A Obama mask with a noose around his neck. Had me rollin.” Even after a few sobering tweets from others about the permanence of the Web, Secret Service, his school being contacted, etc., he repeated the tweet. Taken in aggregate, there seems to be very little idea that racism is wrong.
It’s useful to recall the obsolete theory of spontaneous generation, whereby scientists once believed living organisms could spring forth without an antecedent from other living organisms, e.g., maggots magically burst from rotting meat. The maggots didn’t magically appear, microbiology tells us they came from the flies buzzing around the carrion. Similarly, the junior racists didn’t come up with this on their own, the infection is contracted from adults and metastasizes in the presence of Fox News and in the voice of Rush Limbaugh. It’s a cultural sickness exemplified in Megan Beyer, a kewpie-faced girl in Cypress Texas who adoringly writes that her dad, whom she no doubt loves, is quitting his job and dedicating his life to assassinating the president. Chuck Marchese, a 2011 high school graduate, eloquently requests on Twitter, “SOMEBODY ANYBODY PLEASE SHOOT THAT N—– NOW!!!!!” while his father grouses via text, “At least the snow is still white in this country” — the son proudly declaring, “And people wonder where I get it from!” They shouldn’t wonder.
Overall our younger generation is more tolerant, less racist, and more progressive than their parents, but in certain places, especially in the deep south, racism, and even violent imagery directed at African Americans, is not only tolerated but encouraged.
It is if the Civil War still rages on to this day for many of these people, and the idea of a black face in the White House angers them to their very bones, as if hatred were part of their genetic code.