Update: Not a “true threat.”
When Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for the President of the United States, I was excited about the possibility of a person of color simply running for the highest office in the US. Then after thinking, I got really scared. Really scared for his life and I shared about it here and here.
I hate thinking this. While I have no doubts that the larger America can handle the idea of a black president, I don’t know if certain individuals can and fear possible attempts on his life. Wasn’t that what Doris Lessing was saying in February with the “outrageous comments”:
British Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing caused uproar last night by predicting the assassination of Barack Obama if he becomes the first black U.S. president…Miss Lessing said: “He would probably not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would kill him.”
I hope for the continual safety of both presidential nominees and for a fair, honest, and engaging couple months ahead to determine the next President of the United States.
By the way, I missed the DNC tonight. How was Michelle Obama’s speech?
DENVER — The Secret Service, FBI and other law enforcement agencies were investigating a possible plot against Barack Obama by white supremacists, and at least four people were in custody, sources confirmed today.
Denver’s CBS television affiliate reported that those arrested were connected to a potential assassination attempt against Obama at Invesco Field, the open-air stadium where the Democratic presidential nominee is to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday.
“It’s premature to say that it was a valid threat or that these folks have the ability to carry it out,” a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press.
Law enforcement sources in Chicago and suburban Denver told the Chicago Sun-Times that those arrested had ties to a white supremacist organization. At least one of them was within 750 yards of the Democratic National Convention center, a source told the Sun-Times.
The Denver television station quoted a law enforcement source as saying one of the individuals told them of a plan “to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a . . . rifle . . . sighted at 750 yards.”
One of the individuals arrested Sunday was apprehended during a routine traffic stop and was found to have rifle scopes in his vehicle. He led authorities to a second man, who had an outstanding arrest warrant.
That man jumped out of a hotel window when authorities knocked on his hotel door, creating a clatter that awoke patrons early Sunday morning. That hotel houses staff of the Sun-Times covering the convention. A hotel spokesman referred questions to the Secret Service.
The man who jumped broke his ankle and was apprehended by police nearby, Glendale Colo., Police Chief Victor Ross told the Sun-Times.
“He has all the markings and things to indicate he’s a white supremacist,” Ross said, noting tattoos linked to the Aryan Nation.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver is expected to hold a news conference on the matter Tuesday.
In December 2006, Obama met the Sun-Times editorial board and spoke about concerns surrounding his personal safety as he mulled a run for the White House. Referring to his wife, Obama said his personal security “is something that’s on Michelle’s mind and the minds of many of my friends.”