January 16, 2009

Deterring the Obama Assassination Threat

With woeful predictably, the media is ginning up threats of an Obama assassination attempt to accompany his inauguration next Tuesday. Are there any specific threats, militant chatter, or suspicious behavior?

Of course not.

But birds gotta fly, Huffington Post authors have to insist Bush is going to stage his coup any second now, and CNN has to make up news:

So far, there is no known organized effort to express opposition to Obama's rise to the presidency other than a call by the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for its members to wear black armbands as well as fly the U.S. flag upside down on Inauguration Day and Obama's first full day in office.

As Tuesday approaches, when Obama stands outside the Capitol to take the oath of office, experts expect anger about the new president to spike. But they don't expect it to go away.

"The level of vitriol, I expect, will go up a bit more around inauguration time," said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino.

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino?

That sounds even less credible than the Media Violence Project, which at least happens to have cool posters and an excellent analyst on staff.

The simple fact of the matter is that while Barack Obama is as cringe-inducing as a trainwreck about to happen, the freshman Senator cum President Elect hasn't done anything to garner strong feelings of hatred from anyone.

Literally nothing.

He didn't do anything as a Illinois legislator. He didn't do much more as a U.S. Senator. And he's made and backtracked on so many promises as a candidate and future President that people are to confused about where he stands too even know if they disagree with him.

And as CNN even notes, white supremacists can't even get that worked up (arm bands?), as he's only 50% non-white.

He stands for nothing, and represents nothing. The simple fact of the matter is that until he's actually sworn into his first-ever leadership position on Tuesday and had time to flail and make a series of horribly stupid mistakes, there isn't anything he's done to make him worth an effort on his life.

Obama is also defended by legions of highly trained federal law enforcement officers, and perhaps the greatest deterrent of all, a simple two word phrase of such horror that would stop most callous, calculating assassin in his tracks.

"President Biden."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 16, 2009 05:11 PM

I wish Bush would hurry up with his coup, he's only got four days left. C'mon, man, don't let me down!

Posted by: Vaultenblogger at January 16, 2009 10:35 PM

The "Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism" cannot be real. I am sorry, I am currently knocking myself unconscious because someone in our media made this "organization" up from whole cloth.

Posted by: Two Dogs at January 16, 2009 10:35 PM

Back in 2006, when there was buzz about the Democratic Congress possibly impeaching Bush, I came up with a very similar line to use in a debate with a liberal:

"I've got one very good argument why you don't really want to impeach Bush, even if you think you do, and I can sum it up in two words: President Cheney."

Alas, I never got to say it. It would have been a lot of fun, though.

Posted by: Robin Munn at January 17, 2009 03:25 AM

This is a clear case of projection. The libs' candidate lost and they expressed hate from the start of the transition. Therefore, when their candidate wins, they expect the opposition to be crazed with hate from the start - and since the conservatives are more likely to have guns, the libs also expect violence. I guess they have already forgotten the post-election response of "He's our President-elect, now" from many conservatives.

Posted by: MikeM at January 17, 2009 09:35 AM

And you can look for a lot of foofoodust from the Southern Poverty Law Center in the coming years, too.

They're always good for a couple of "hate-inspired conspiracy" stories.

Posted by: dad29 at January 17, 2009 09:51 AM

Seems to me that the last President assassinated by a white supremacist was Lincoln. Maybe the puppies in the MSM figure this will just seal the comparison.

Besides, for them, the best outcome would be Obama being killed - the important part's already happened, and nothing will show their new deity to have feet of clay fatser than actually having to perform in office. Best to keep the dream alive. A further plus would be that if Obama is martyred they could return to the narratibe that America is fatally flawed by racism.

For the media, there'd be no downside. It'd be JFK, MLK, Elvis, and Princess Di all rolled into one for ever and ever. Remember how much more beautiful Camelot became the further into the mists of memory it receded? JFK's death severed any connection with the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam and turned his missteps (Missile Crisis) into heroic feats.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at January 17, 2009 10:05 AM

And Obama's team is sooooo concerned about this that they're allowing him to travel slooooowwwly by train through many states, where those deviously clever KKK or other racists could allegedly blow up the tracks to derail the train in an attempt to cause massive injuries and/or death. Anyway, thanks to Al Gore, it's probably going to be soo cold on Inauguration Day that bullets would freeze in mid air. In other words, hell will be freezing over in Wash DC on January 20, 2009 with the inauguration of the most liberal black unqualified candidate ever in American History. So enjoy the ride.

Posted by: eaglewingz08 at January 17, 2009 01:20 PM

No doubt the presidential assassination movies, plays and books will be pouring out any day now. Oh wait - that was for the last guy.

Posted by: Bandit at January 17, 2009 03:30 PM

/snide mode - on/

First, about the only known member of a white supremist group is Robert "Sheets' Byrd, and is only a threat to himself, and the taxpayer.

The only reason the Klu Klux Klan did not hold their last convention is a telephone booth, is that they could not find one.

The leading hate group in the nation is Planned Parenthood, but they back the 'rats.

Posted by: DavidL at January 17, 2009 04:21 PM