February 25th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

USSS questions "Who's going to shoot Obama?" questioner

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) got a doozy of a question at a town hall meeting Tuesday.

The reporter couldn't hear the question, but reported that the "whatever it was, it got a big laugh."

Later, a Broun spokesperson confirmed to the reporter that the question was, in fact, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

According to the Athens paper, Congressman Broun did not denounce the question, but responded:

The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Today the United States Secret Service said they interviewed the subject. "We've taken appropriate investigative steps. At this point we consider the matter closed," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told CNN.

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  1. Joshua

    He doesn't need to be shot... what we do need is...well... where the heck is Monica Lewinsky when you need her??

    February 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Ulric

      ....and you think this crappy, crazy statement is funny.....hope you felt similarly with that past dope we had for eight years of economic disaster.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Go look at the numbers again. During President Bush we had an unemployment rate as low as 4.1% it has been well over 10% under Barry. Search on Google unemployment rate. They show a very good interactive chart.

        February 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Jason

        That is because Bush destroyed the economy you Nimrod!

        February 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Search Vera Baker on Google.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |

    The person (if you can call him that) that asked that type of question is in desperate need of some waterboarding in order to bring him back to his senses.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  3. Mary

    What is additionally chilling was the crowd response.
    "it got a big laugh."
    Who are these people?! It is not funny now or ever.
    Remember when John Kennedy was killed, when Ronald Regan was shot.
    This retoric has got to stop.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well, when all else fails, huh? That's exactly the sick mindset of the conservative; when you don't do like 'we' say do, or how we say do it, we will just shoot you! That's what you did to the (Democrat of Change) the Late John F Kennedy, as well as the (Republican of Change) Abraham Lincoln! All I will say is, if you want to see a 'real revolution', just let one 'gray' strand or one 'black' strand of hair be harmed on the head of PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA, and the whole world will see one alright!! GOT THAT??

    February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Sick mindset of the conservative? Oswald was not a republican or conservative, he was a communist or at the least a communist sympathizer. Lincoln was a Republican, Jefferson F. Davis was a Democrat. The Southern Democrats blocked the civil rights movement. It took the cooperation of Southern Republicans to pass the laws. It was a Democrat Governor that prevented black children from entering school. You have a very strange bias view of our nations history.

      Remember it was Barry that said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”.
      He also said "I want you to argue with them and get in their face."
      And who could forget "...we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends.. " Barry is the only president in our history that in a speech called American Citizens 'enemies.'

      He is so full of hate. I fear that one day he will explode like Gaddafi and start hurting American Citizens.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  5. panola

    Democrat urges unions to 'get a little bloody when necessary'

    Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

    Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin and to use violence and bloodshed if necessary.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  6. Frank Provasek

    Calls for Obama's assassination are frequent on the Fox News website.


    Fox News exists because Rupert Murdoch became a US citizen to avoid laws requiring broadcast companies to be American-owned. He has since sold a chunk of it to the Saudis. And Murdoch has been given exemptions from laws banning ownership of a newspaper and TV station in the same city..laws that the government has forced other broadcasters to comply with. While owning Channel 5 in New York City, Murdoch has not only been allowed to repurchase the New York Post, but was approved to buy the Wall Street Journal, a SECOND New York City-based paper.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  7. gloria vestring

    And the SS considers tthe mater closed. What a joke that is! The guy comes right out and says what he thinks at a political event, others laugh and the matter is closed. Excuse me? It should NOT be closed! This is the same type of hate we are exposed to daily vis conservative talk radio, and Faux news. Time to put your cards on the table folks. Either you are or are not a bigot. Speak up so eveyone knows!

    February 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  8. gloria vestring

    The war on terror should begin right here in the US! Don't have to leave the country to go find the loons, They're right here at home.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I know LINCOLN was a REPUBLICAN; I said that in my first comment! I have also said previously, or in the past, that there aren't any ABRAHAM LINCOLN REPUBLICANS left! There were many black AMERICANS who were REPUBLICANS and some may still be REPUBLICANS because of ancestral family loyalty to the party, because of THE LATE ABRAHAM LINCOLN, who was assassinated because of his implementation of change to the 'status quo'! BTW, DIXIECRATS ARE NOT THE SAME AS DEMOCRATS, OK? There's a big difference!

    February 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You really don't know which way OSWALD leaned politically! All you know is what the system will have you to believe! His girlfriend at that time said he was not a communist, nor a sympathizer! The media also said the man was fairly illiterate and moved around a lot, like a vagrant. So when did he have time, inclination, or the where-with-all to add his name to any party? Whether it be Republican, Democratic, or Communistic?!? He was simply a 'paid hit-man' or scapegoat! Are you thinking for yourself?

    February 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You are the one that claimed he was a conservative. Now you say he did not have the where-with-all to add his name to any party. Good grief.

      February 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    About your far fetched 'justification' of the threat against the PRESIDENT; and that's exactly what it alluded to, if you all are going to reduce it to just 'a bad joke', close it and claim it was nothing to it; which I know better, because I know how DIXIECRATS aka DEMOCRATS think in GEORGIA, I see no reason you can't reduce OBAMAS' simple statements down to 'bad jokes'! Furthermore, you seem to be the only one who even thinks they are dangerous enough, or important enough to keep mentioning! How sad!

    February 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  12. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I didn't even call the names of the alleged assassinators, because I've always believed the evil murderous acts were spawn from a bigger consensus! I did NOT say OSWALD was a conservative! When I mentioned the word 'conservative' it was in reference to the 'mindset of the consensus'! They had to have someone to do it to keep their personal hands clean! They must have still got leary! They turned around paid JACK RUBY to kill OSWALD, knowing he wouldn't make it to trial because he was dying of cancer! EVIL!

    February 26, 2011 at 5:15 am |
  13. Gradyfr

    Enough of mean old white men yapping. I say bring on Civil War II. Those fat slow @$#%s will get the surprise of their pampered, worthless lives once the shooting starts.

    February 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      OK Liberals, why are you not condemning Gradyfr's sexist, racist, age discrimination, and violent statements? Is it because you agree?

      February 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, this is Georgia; where I was born and raised OK? Those grumpy old WHITE men meant that thing, do you hear what I'm saying? That attitude comes second nature to some of these folks. Of course since the cat was let out of the bag so quickly, they thought it best to joke it off! It's the politically correct thing to do! SEXIST, DISCRIMINATION, VIOLENCE? Where is Gradyfr being that? It's the truth! I've got to agree, because it seems that exact mindset won't rest until the country is back there! It's HATE!

    February 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    BTW, there are many whites who voted for our PRRESIDENT! But whether you want to get honest about it or not, it doesn't matter to me anymore! We know there are still MANY white folks who did not want that black man to RUN for president, not to speak of WIN, OK? So they were frustrated from the jump street! For them, he was DOA! He can't satisfy them, no matter what he does or doesn't do EVER! They certainly don't want history to speak well of him; that's why everything he does, somethings wrong with it!

    February 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
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