According to an internet article from the Guardian (yes... from Great Britain) entitled:Â Inside the World of Obama's Secret Service Bodyguards, Barack Obama received a Secret Service detail LONG before there was any certainty he'd even be the Democratic Nominee for President...Â MUCH earlier than any candidate EVER had.Â Actually, I remember that, and "some folks" saying it was racist to believe he needed itÂ But the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has now released a report that extends well back before even that.Â Herewith some telling excerpts:
In the 13 months that Barack Obama has been the occupant of the Oval Office he has been the subject of an extraordinary outpouring of emotion from the American electorate. At the start it was largely adulatory, though more recently the adoration has been drowned out by a cacophony of criticism from tea party activists, birthers, global-warming deniers and viewers of Fox News. At the same time, largely hidden from view, there has been a layer of antagonism towards Obama that lies well beyond the boundaries of reasonable political debate.
Now WHAT d'you suppose would lie "...well beyond the boundaries of reasonable debate."?Â Â Well, let us move on.Â There have ALWAYS been home-grown terrorists, sickos and nutballs.Â And for some time into the campaign, domestic terroristic threats covered the gamut, as they had for years. The most interesting aspect of this, at least to me, is that, while this report was commissioned by the SPLC, an organization with obvious policy bias, it researched "...in chronological order, the serious home-grown plots, conspiracies and racist rampages that have been cooked up in America since the Oklahoma City bomb in 1995. The list runs to 10 pages of closely printed type and itemises 75 domestic terrorism events, from plans to bomb government buildings to attempts to kill judges and politicians.Â All of 'em folks... all of 'em that the US Government characterized as "serious."
Then came a sea-change:Â "Virtually every domestic terrorist event we have identified since June 2008 â€“ when it became obvious that Obama was going to win â€“ has been directly related to him," says the author of the report, Mark Potok.
And how is he different from every other president... EVERY ONE of them?Â In only one particular.Â President Obama is BLACK! And, as "...Joseph Petro, head of global security for Citigroup,and who spent four years as the man beside Ronald Reagan.Â puts it, the challenges facing the service today are unlike any period that has gone before. On top of all the usual risks associated with guarding the world's most powerful politician, there is now the added, explosive ingredient of his race. "As the first black president he creates a whole other set of issues for the secret service to deal with," he says.
Yeah... they want to kill him 'cause he's BLACK, and they've wanted to since he started to look like the winner.Â It's not his politics, it's not healthcare, or the jobs bill, or the stimulus, or illegal immigration, or all of that put together... or even that he's a liberal Democrat.Â It's because he's BLACK!