When looking back Presidents in the United States who brought big changes to government, Lincoln and Kennedy, what is remembered is they were assassinated. Barack Obama would no doubt bring a change to the government. Would he make it four years?
As the gap widens between Obama and McCain so has the incidents of death threats against Obama.
On Thursday a man at a McCain rally yelled out “Kill Obama”. In London Mr Egwuatu was wearing an Obama T-shirt was shot three times in the street.
The Daily Nation reports:
Mr Egwuatu, a data analyst, said, ‘‘The venom in his voice was frightening. He was telling me that he was going to kill me. I couldn‘t believe it was happening — and just because I was wearing an Obama T-shirt. He was trying to make me walk somewhere quieter, saying, ‘I‘ve got something for you,‘ and ‘I‘m going to kill you.”
The shocked Mr Egwuatu added, ‘‘Obama inspires me, his educational track record alone is quite unbelievable… I did not think for one minute it (the T-shirt) could stir up such powerful feelings of hatred and I never said a word to him.”
The Secret Service men at the rally didn’t hear the statement. It was only after an article appeared in the Washington Post did they start investigating the matter.
According to the Daily Nation:
“The Secret Service did not hear any threatening statements directed at targets under its protection and no threatening statements were reported to us by law enforcement or citizens at the event,” Mr Wiley said.
McCain and Palin are increasing the fire with shouts of “terrorist” and “treason” during their rallies. In Pennsylvania Republican leader Bill Platt warmed up the crowd several times referring to the Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama.” In a nation that fears any connection to the Middle East it’s a sure way to bring in a level of hatred.
Senator Joe Biden is disgusted by the other side’s tactics.
Democratic running mate Joe Biden has repudiated Mrs Palin’s “ugly inferences” and personal attacks as “beyond disappointing”.
“They’re trying to take the low road to the highest office in the land,” he said.
“This is volatile stuff and . . . I just thought we were kind of beyond this place.”
Raymond Hunter Geisel, 22, has been arrested for making a threat against Obama’s life in Miami. Late July the man is accused of referring to Obama with a racial name and threatening to kill the man.
The Telegraph reports:
According to a Secret Service affidavit, Geisel made the threat against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee during a training class for bail bondsmen in Miami in late July.
A fellow class member said Geisel allegedly referred to Mr Obama with a racial epithet and said, “If he gets elected, I’ll assassinate him myself.”
Another classmate said Geisel also threatened George W Bush, saying he hated him and “wanted to put a bullet in the president’s head,” according to the Secret Service
Geisel was found carrying a loaded 9mm handgun, knives, dozens of rounds of ammunition including armour-piercing types, body armour, military-style fatigues and a machete.
Obama has the same protection as President Bush does at this point. The Secret Service travel with him. They have to with all the threats that swirl around. From the colour of his skin to the rumours that he was born to a Muslim father, Obama’s a moving target. Take away the fact that his father, a man he meet once in his life, was an atheist, the rumours are enough to show the altered mentality of a few. Those claims also rile up those of the Islam faith. For a man to be a Christian after born into a Muslim family is a crime far worse than being just your standard issue infidel.
The National Post reports:
“All of the claims about Senator Obama’s faith and education raised in the Insight Magazine story and repeated on Fox News are false. Senator Obama was raised in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother. Obama’s stepfather worked for a U.S. oil company, and sent his stepson to two years of Catholic school, as well as two years of public school.”
“To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. Furthermore, the Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa.”
Each time those claim arise though it’s putting another bull’s eye on the man.
As the election grows closer more threats are certain to arise. If Obama wins the threats will not go away. He’s different. New doesn’t always survive. Ask Lincoln. Ask Kennedy.
This election more than any other in recent times may well depend on which Vice President is the best qualified to become President.
So who do you choose- Biden or Palin?