Why does Obama receive 50% more death threats than Bush did?

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  1. steveso profile image75
    stevesoposted 8 years ago

    Why does Obama receive 50% more death threats than Bush did?

    Since Obama took office the number of threats against his life have increased dramatically compared to his predecessors. Is this because of his race or a measure of the depths American politics have sunken to?

  2. Josak profile image59
    Josakposted 8 years ago

    Probably a bit of both. It's sad we have sunk to this low.

  3. Attikos profile image81
    Attikosposted 8 years ago

    One of Obama's stock political strategies is to divide and conquer with economic, social and racial class warfare. When a president lowers public discourse to the level he has, you have to expect it.

  4. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 8 years ago

    it's because he is black. it's as simple as that.

    1. The Frog Prince profile image75
      The Frog Princeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Do you play the race card often?

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      SassySue1963posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Really? Because he's Black? Google "bush death threats" images and tell me your take on that then. Or perhaps this:
      http://www.examiner.com/article/unhinge … itt-romney

    3. nightwork4 profile image61
      nightwork4posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      why? it's a simple fact. he's black and racism is pretty strong in the U.S. he was getting these threats from the start, not a year after election so his governing isn't to blame. do you deny racism often?

    4. The Frog Prince profile image75
      The Frog Princeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Please spare us nonsense replies son.  You lefties love to play that race card.  The fact is that the actual question is bogus.  It's as simple as that.  LMAO

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      SassySue1963posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @nightwork4 Perhaps you didn't see this link: http://www.examiner.com/article/unhinge … itt-romney Romney isn't President. There goes your "race" theory. The #s already debunked anyway.

    6. IDONO profile image60
      IDONOposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nightwork. You did this same crap on past questions. Racism in this country wouldn't still be a major issue if idiots like you would quit stirring the pot. Get a life. Find another way to get hp hits. Try talent if you have any.

  5. The Frog Prince profile image75
    The Frog Princeposted 8 years ago

    Why don't you post a valid link as to where you arrived at this hypothesis rather than just saying it is so?  Lets try some intellectual honesty for a change.

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      Larry Wallposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You make a good point. This link to a NY Times story http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/us/06 … l&_r=0 was the closest I could find to being objective. I still believe some threats are base on race and started before his term

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    SassySue1963posted 8 years ago

    At first I was going to ask for a source but after searching I understand why it isn't included. The only information I can find on this "fact" is from one guy promoting his new book. And even that information is dated 2009. Not sure how any number from 2009 can actually be an accurate accounting. That makes this figure old, out-dated and inaccurate. We'll ignore that it is also unsubstantiated as it comes from one person who wrote a book he is trying to promote.
    If you do have current information based on an actual verifiable source, please include it.

    1. steveso profile image75
      stevesoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry here is the article I was reading when I formulated the question. I did not intend this to be a partisan question. http://pubrecord.org/multimedia/4273/du … tor-tells/

    2. The Frog Prince profile image75
      The Frog Princeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      How could this question not be a partisan question?

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      SassySue1963posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      @steveso Yes I came across this one when doing my own search. Again, the information is from August of 2009. Protest signs are counted as death threats, things ignored versus Bush.
      http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621

    4. The Frog Prince profile image75
      The Frog Princeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sassy - Legitimate research isn't finding sensational articles.  Any question needs to be based upon facts when the subject is one such as this.  This isn't an opinion question.

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      SassySue1963posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hi FP, You know odd thing, I searched for Bush, 3,000 per year. Same search for Obama, nothing. No real numbers.Only these outdated articles about how many more he supposedly received. I did find one article denouncing these claims though.
      http://www

    6. The Frog Prince profile image75
      The Frog Princeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure if the official Secret Service site would produce anything.  Maybe.  I'll take a peek.

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      SassySue1963posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Grrr here is the link that was cut off btw.
      http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthru … inton.html

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    Justsilvieposted 8 years ago

    Are you counting internal or external?.... Because Bush was so hated on this planet if you took a poll I am sure he would win hands up?

  8. IDONO profile image60
    IDONOposted 8 years ago

    Maybe because people wrote off Bush's mistakes as his being stupid and didn't know better and think that Obama is intelligent and scamming us. I don't think race is a factor. Most of us (not all) have grown and matured beyond that. Racism will always exist to some extent, in some way. But those who think that every action that man ever takes is motivated by race, is in fact the racist themselves.

    1. CrescentSkies profile image76
      CrescentSkiesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Kind of hilarious if you consider the fact that Bush doesn't sound anything like he did on camera tongue I heard him speak in Texas as a governor...without an accent.

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    Larry Wallposted 8 years ago

    As tragic as it is in this day and age, I think the increase in threats can be attributed to race. A lot of people are still not happy that a black may occupies the White House. That does not speak well for us as a nation, but other presidents have done worse. Clinton had his affair. Nixon had Watergate. No scandal has been associated with President Obama, some mistakes have. However, I think that ugly race card is the reasons for the increase number of threats, plus the ease of communicating those threats because of our current technology.

  10. Waldo Numbly profile image60
    Waldo Numblyposted 8 years ago

    I think it's because he is black.  But it's not because he is black.  It may be due to the way people reacted.  People that supported him were jubilant when he was elected.  But there was a dark side to their elation.  Many acted as if his election was an act of revenge.  Revenge for all the past sins America had committed.  I noticed a mean-spirited mood as in, "there, we gotcha America..."   A presidency should be about the triumph of the nation, and the people, all the people, not the success of one person, or one race.

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    badchessposted 8 years ago

    Well, actually your question is incorrect.

    According to the Secret Servce death threats have been stable over the Clinton-Bush-Obama presidencies.

    U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan dismissed published reports that the level of death threats against President Obama are four times greater than typical threat levels against recent presidents — claiming the current volume of threats is comparable to that under George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

    "It's not [a] 400 percent [increase]," Sullivan said during a heated exchange with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who suggested the service needed additional agents to protect the first African-American president.

    "I'm not sure where that number comes from," he said, adding that the number of threats against Obama "are the same level as it has been [against] the last two presidents."

  12. safiq ali patel profile image78
    safiq ali patelposted 8 years ago

    Because Obama is 50% more cunning and clever than George Bush was.

  13. CrescentSkies profile image76
    CrescentSkiesposted 8 years ago

    More literate homeless drunk people after he helped destroy our economy and prolong our recession?

    Hell everyone in the presidency save George Washington has screwed "something" up and left it to the next guy to deal with. Paying it forward is the way to go in the white house. The longer they pay it forward the higher the number of random threats.

  14. Brian Tomlinson profile image60
    Brian Tomlinsonposted 8 years ago

    I think the question is so very obvious. It is because of race. He was able to kill the most wanted man on the planet, and that still wasn't good enough for some. Nothing he will every do will be good enough for some. It is a shame but it a reality that unfortunately we will live with forever. Another example, when the President made a statement on the tragedy on Newtown, CT. The disgusting, rants and raves that was on Twitter, were unbelievable. This was the President of the United States of America, grieving with a nation about little children being massacred and the hatred and filth that was exposed upon Twitter, was just utterly disgusting.

 
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