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Another Obama Myth Busted

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I thought there was something fishy about that whole “unprecedented number of death threats” bullshit. It turns out that (once again) I was right.

You may have missed it yesterday because of the wall-to-wall coverage of Sarah Palin, but on Thursday the House of Representatives questioned Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan under oath regarding the White House party crashers. From the Washington Post:

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) wanted to know whether Obama faced a greater threat to his security than past presidents.

Sullivan said that published reports claiming that Obama faced a 400 percent increase in death threats were incorrect. “I’m not sure where that number comes from,” he said. The number of threats against Obama, he said, “are the same level as it has been for the last two presidents.”

Over at Talking Points Memo the Obots simply refuse to believe the truth. Here’s a sample:

This statement is unbelievable, plain and simple.

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If Obama was indeed receiving many more death threats than any other President, what Secret Service director in his right mind would admit that? It’s like saying, “We’re swamped here! We might miss one!”

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Of course Secret Service won’t reveal extent of threats to O. It would just encourage those are waiting in the wings to do something dangerous. “Hey, I can be the one millionth person to threaten him!” Sad to realize how racist our country still is.

They just can’t let go of that racism meme can they?

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41 Responses

  1. Interesting statistic. 400% increase?
    Lies, damn lies and statistics.

    I had pancakes for breakfast this morning. This was a 400% increase in my average daily breakfast as I usually east French Toast.

  2. You know where the “400 percent increase” claim comes from originally? Ronald Kessler:

    http://www.louisianaweekly.com/news.php?viewStory=1674

    Kessler was a fanatical Clinton-hater who became Washington correspondent for Newsmax. He has had to retract a previous story about Obama and Jeremiah Wright, and then he tried to scrub the info about his error from Wikipedia. Oddly enough, TPM broke the story about the Kessler and Wikipedia. Nevertheless, Kessler suddenly became a very credible source in the eyes of TPM readers when he said something that worked to their advantage.

    • They made a big deal over Obama allegedly needing Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate too. But they never did explain why.

      • didn’t he get it earlier because he asked for it earlier?

        • He got it because Durbin and Reid asked for it on his behalf. Because he’s black. They only offered anecdotal proof:

          The government is not aware of any specific, credible threat against Obama, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the decision. But his office has received hate mail and calls and other “threatening materials” in the past and during his campaign, the source said.
          [snip]
          “I knew the crowds were large … but some of the other information given to us, unfortunately I think, raised a concern among many of [Obama’s] friends,” Durbin said.

          “Unfortunately, some of the information we found was racially motivated. It is a sad reality in this day and age that Mr. Obama’s African-American heritage is a cause for very violent and hatred, hated reactions among some people.”

          • They were worried about all those people coming for the free food and musical entertainment that didn’t even know who he was.

          • From the link (dated 5/3/07):

            Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, has been placed under the protection of the Secret Service, the agency said Thursday.

            The government is not aware of any specific, credible threat against Obama, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the decision. But his office has received hate mail and calls and other “threatening materials” in the past and during his campaign, the source said.

            Three Obama campaign officials who discussed the issue on condition of anonymity also said there was no specific threat against the candidate.

            They said the request stemmed from what one called the “cumulative effect” of a heavier campaign schedule, larger crowds and “just the growing perception internally” it was time to take additional security precautions that are best suited for the Secret Service.

            A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson also told CNN there is no known specific or credible threat.

          • The reason they’re so committed to this meme is because it excuses Obama’s lack of accomplishment. What can we expect, he can’t do anything (good at least, mysteriously he seems able to gin up enough bravery/energy to do a lot that’s bad) because the entire country’s out to get him, he’s understandably paralyzed with fear hiding in the White House bunker. If he tries to do anything liberal, It’ll just increase the danger!

          • That wasn’t supposed to nest there, sorry.

      • Am I the only one whose bullsh*t meter went off when that happened?

  3. the politics of fear.

    Will Keith O be making a special comment on that? Doubtful.

  4. Well, you know he did closely identify himself with dead heroes- MLK, RFK, Lincoln, JFK, Malcolm X, Gandhi- the sub text being that he, too, was a hero simply for running for POTUS.

  5. Somehow I’m reminded of the people who “fainted spontaneously” at Obama’s public appearances last year.

    • They were overcome with the wholly-fabricated spirit.

    • That whole fainting stuff would have been more believable if they hadn’t used the same script each time:

      Obama: Did someone just faint?

      camera spans crowd

      Obama: Get her some water. Does someone have some water? rummages around at podium and surprised expression crosses his face. Here. Here is some water. holds up bottle of water

      Crowd: wild applause

  6. Great catch, myiq2xu. The amazing stupidity of the Koolaid Krew continues.

  7. Obama wants the glamour of being a martyr without having to get killed first. His drones are in tune with this.

    • Yes. And it’s also a part of the “help, help Obama” theme.

      Barack Obama had a gift, and he knew it. He had a way of making very smart, very accomplished people feel virtuous just by wanting to help Barack Obama.

      http://www.newsweek.com/id/167582

  8. “But our messiah is so very special, they must be trying to kill him, right?”

    These people need therapy.

  9. The 0bots must really hate 0bowma — and/or they are delusional idiots.

    I never liked GWB — but I never wished anything bad would happen to him. I wanted him healthy so that he could go to jail for war crimes etc. That is my wish for 0bowma as well.

    It’s strange that the 0bots would invent such a dumb ass story — does telling this mythological story of the increased threat to 0bowma make these nut job feel more macho? — Reflected Glory– the idea that HE is in danger — puts the 0bots in “danger” — and they are so masterful to adore the ONE — even though their adoration puts the at “risk”. The risks is in them minds of 0bots.

    If anything it is the voters who are at risk FROM 0bowma’s stupidity — the Nation is at greater risk because of the amateur hour fools in the white house.

  10. yea i never bought into that story either . sometomes you just know when somethings not right

  11. Hmm. I’ve been asked to join the Liberal Democratic Party. What the hell is that. I hope these people aren’t Brits. I will investigate and report back.

  12. The campaign ramped this one early on – and got Secret service early on. Hillary already had it and we know how B0 loves his presidential toys.

  13. “They just can’t let go of that racism meme can they?”

    They know they can’t let go of it or would have to admit their entire campaign was a lie and they were completely taken in like children. They depend on the kool-aid like addicts.

  14. So, will SPL continue to perpetuate the meme in their fundraising emails?

  15. Mark Sullivan is the Secret Service Director not Jack Sullivan.

  16. This is a way of creating sympathy for O too. Poor bambi–we must all take care of him. As Tweety said, “it’s up to all of us to MAKE him successful.” Presumably, including journalists–which they have done.

    • Bob Somerby says it’s a way of discrediting the GOP – portraying them as dangerous racists.

      Don’t forget the Obot meme that all opposition to Obama is racist – even if the opposition are liberal Democrats.

      You know – bitter, clingy gun-toting Clinton supporters.

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