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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Rep. Paul Broun is asked, 'Who is going to shoot Obama?'

By Melissa Bell
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Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) (Gregory Smith/AP)

At a town hall meeting in Athens, Ga., Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) spoke about his new role investigating climate change, but it was a shocking question from one of the attendees that has made national headlines:

"Who is going to shoot Obama?" an unidentified person in the audience asked Broun. The question elicited a "big laugh," according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Rather than confront the question head-on, Broun responded by changing the subject to health care: "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."

The newspaper first heard about the question from an angry commenter on its Web site and when a reporter asked Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morris, she confirmed that the question had been asked. "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," she told the paper.

My colleague Greg Sargent reports that he spoke with the Secret Service, which did not take the comment so lightly. The spokesman reports the Secret Service interviewed the constituent who made the comment and "determined that he or she was an 'elderly person' who now regrets making a bad joke."

Did Broun responded appropriately? Or should he have condemned the questioner more outright?

By Melissa Bell  | February 25, 2011; 10:12 AM ET
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Rep. Broun should have condemned this question. Especially at this time, in the wake of Rep. Giffords' attempted murder, to let such a question pass unchallenged is tantamount to approval of it. On the MSNBC website this morning I saw headlines about a man sentenced for advocating murder of South Park writers and a man tried for suggesting burning down the Bush house, but nothing on this story! The life of the President of the United States is threatened and no one does anything! This right wing, racist craziness has got to stop and it is up to the media to stop giving these people legitimacy. THANKS for your story.

Posted by: kath591 | February 25, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Broun should have condemned this question. Especially at this time, in the wake of Rep. Giffords' attempted murder, to let such a question pass unchallenged is tantamount to approval of it. On the MSNBC website this morning I saw headlines about a man sentenced for advocating murder of South Park writers and a man tried for suggesting burning down the Bush house, but nothing on this story! The life of the President of the United States is threatened and no one does anything! This right wing, racist craziness has got to stop and it is up to the media to stop giving these people legitimacy. THANKS for your story.

Posted by: kath591 | February 25, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I think Rep. Broun missed an opportunity to make an argument for civic participation and the virtue of nonviolence in a law-abiding society.

Posted by: phburris | February 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Broun should have condemned this question. Especially at this time, in the wake of Rep. Giffords' attempted murder, to let such a question pass unchallenged is tantamount to approval of it. On the MSNBC website this morning I saw headlines about a man sentenced for advocating murder of South Park writers and a man tried for suggesting burning down the Bush house, but nothing on this story! The life of the President of the United States is threatened and no one does anything! This right wing, racist craziness has got to stop and it is up to the media to stop giving these people legitimacy. THANKS for your story.

Posted by: kath591 | February 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Commenting might offend constituents, so obviously the correct political move in this case is moral cowardice. If it happens to be noticed in the press, spin the cowardice as lofty disdain.

Posted by: irishjazz | February 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Poor Rep. Broun: He's so full of, er, talking points ("repeal and replace") that he can't respond appropriately when the questions veer off script.

Posted by: mattintx | February 25, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

What a gutless, weak man. Rep. Broun had a moral responsibility to tell this man he needed to seek psychiatric help and to report this man to the FBI. Broun needs to publicly acknowledge this and explain why this nutjob's comments are outside the bounds of normal, decent Americans. The GOP won't stand up to Russ, or to Glenn, or a man who advocates a crime against America. Shameful.

Posted by: Keesvan | February 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Broun is one of the Rep that didn't attend the State of the Union speech. He's a piece of tripe and I bet he honestly has the same ideas as the ignorant constituent. Ga. is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by: clintt5 | February 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Yes, of course he missed an opportunity. It's time to stop courting and legitimizing violence. I'm not surprised someone asked, but I'm surprised and saddened the audience laughed, so soon after Giffords.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Did Rep. Bozo or any of his lackys bother to alert the appropriate authorities? Secret Service? FBI? Georgia State Police. Sheriff Andy? Of course not. Too many R's think that this sort of thing is cute and besides, their base wouldn't like it if he opposed a 3rd world, 2nd amendment solution.

Posted by: mhjhahkh | February 25, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

He should have quietly asked an aide to call the police after he identified the person.

Posted by: jim2110 | February 25, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

He should've confronted the person. Frustration is understandable and expressions of frustration have a rightful place in political discourse--but joking that someone's going to shoot the president isn't even on the same level as expressing frustration. If he didn't want to confront them, he should have asked any police officers present to do so instead. Or he shouldn't have responded at all, so he could pretend he didn't hear the question.

Posted by: dkp01 | February 25, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

No he did not respond appropriately. He should have denounced the question and then pulled out his cell phone on stage and called the Secret Service.

Posted by: stuckintraffictoo | February 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

ok, you got me: i'm shocked. between rep. giffords and the way *some* republicans have been correcting the crazies who think obama is a foreign-born muslim, i thought things had changed a little, that the conservatives were going to be a little more civil and decent. so this has surprised me.

what a weak, disgusting coward to not have the basic human decency to say something -- anything -- in response.

broun's office numbers: 706-886-1008, 706-549-9588, 706-447-3857, (202) 225-4101.

Posted by: newsbriefings | February 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

He should have asked the guy to make a movie about it like the left did with Bush..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Agree fully with phburris -- if we are to begin to restore civil discourse in our daily life, those in leadership positions must take action. "Moving on" is not the right response. This was a teachable moment and the Congressman missed it. I wish he had not.

Posted by: kipper72 | February 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

he tacitly agreed with the guy who wants obama murdered.

Obama should call the congressman to his office and ream him a new one

Posted by: newagent99 | February 25, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What is it going to take to wake this G-Damned bunch of brain dead voters up to the sort of people that republicans are pandering to. And where is the freaking Secret Service? That a-hole should have been booed, condemned and kicked out this wretched excuse for a Congressman should have condemned him in the harshest terms.

I am telling you right now that a great many of us out here are getting to the breaking point with this g-damned, sh*#ty bunch of tea party crapheads and their filthy activities. There is going to be blood in the streets if you smelly Kochsuckers at these town halls keep this crap up. I am going to start showing up at these town halls and if I catch one of you crappy little bugs at this I will personally kick your hind ends out and I can do it!

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

This was a federal crime and this pathetic excuse for a congressman should have told this wretched hyena that the Secret Service could well be hunting the basterd down.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Broun did not say anything because the GOP thinks that these Fox News types will help them win elections. It will backfire on them.

Posted by: Holcombe1 | February 25, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Gergia is nothing but a redneck, racist s*#thole.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Consider the source. Georgia is the pit of earth's outhouse.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This question should have been condemned, the questioner removed, questioned, and their name provided to the Secret Service for investigation. The Congressman missed an opportunity to defend our Commander and Chief, and he missed it being too focused on politics and policy. Though he missed it, his staff shouldn't have. Hopefully the people of Georgia remember this moment and hold this man and his office accountable.

Posted by: enuffisenuff1 | February 25, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

ALL I HAVE TO SAY WHAT A SHAMEFUL COUNTRY WE LIVE IN TODAY, WHEN PEOPLE ACTUALLY JUDGE YOU BY THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN, RIGHT ABOUT KNOW I'M READY TO PUT UP MY DOOKS AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS,WE ARE LIVING IN TIMES WHERE PEOPLE CAN SAY ANYTHING ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT AND DON'T NOTHING HAPPEN,SOMTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE..

Posted by: antwinettewhitt | February 25, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Where is General Sherman? I think Georgia needs another a**kickin! Of course when that idiot of a congressman says we need another "conservative" in the Presidency, he must have meant John Wilkes Booth.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. MLK

Posted by: draywilliams | February 25, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Is this the sort of dweeby, dumbed down bumpkin the voters of Georgia get all wet over? I submit that just maybe Lincoln was wrong. We should have let this assortment of stinking rednecks and dumbos secede. They embarrass America.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

and the idiot laughed, these people are playing with fire, it's beyond disgusting.

Posted by: calif-joe | February 25, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Like a President or not, a congressperson or not, failing to advocate for civic and civil recourse makes him a slimy coward and a crappy Christian.

Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

Posted by: cb7032 | February 25, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

All of you people at that town hall who laughed are complicit in a federal crime. To make such statements against the legitimately elected head of government is Treason. Thus, you are traitors to America.

One other note to that stupid moron who asked that moronic question: One might well ask the same question of Scott Walker. Or Newt Gingrich. How would you dumba** right wingers react to that?

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If anyone should be condemned, its the republican party and their cheap rhetoric. The republican party won't stop on Obama care until we're left with nothing but unaffordable health care.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | February 25, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh, that makes it all better. This was just an "elderly person" making a joke. A joke? I don't give a fock if it was a drooling escapee from a mental institution. Broun should have reacted. His reaction was almost to apologize for old faht's "frustration".

I have had it with this crappy bunch. They are all a bunch of Kochsuckers as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 25, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"My colleague Greg Sargent reports that he spoke with the Secret Service, which did not take the comment so lightly."

Who spoke with the Secret Service? Greg Sargent? Broun? Did Broun contact them, or did they contact Broun after the incident was reported?

And would you please correct the "Brown" typo?

Jeez, I know it's a blog, but can we get some editors in here?

Posted by: newsbriefings | February 25, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has a television station (FAUX News) and several radio commentators who regularly incite to violence. They should be ashamed of the fact that this is the base of their party and because they are such cowards most of them will not confront the hate-filled, ignorance and bigotry that regularly comes from their base. They should have stepped up many times in the last two years and because they have not, they will be held accountable in the next election. The Secret Service did the right thing in this case and the Senator did not. If he had any shame, he, clearly would be ashamed. If he is a Christian, he also has no idea what that means.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | February 25, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Broun should have condemned this question. Especially at this time, in the wake of Rep. Giffords' attempted murder, to let such a question pass unchallenged is tantamount to approval of it. On the MSNBC website this morning I saw headlines about a man sentenced for advocating murder of South Park writers and a man tried for suggesting burning down the Bush house, but nothing on this story! The life of the President of the United States is threatened and no one does anything! This right wing, racist craziness has got to stop and it is up to the media to stop giving these people legitimacy. THANKS for your story.

Posted by: kath591 | February 25, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

None of these spineless, fearful idiots, from the Speaker on down, will even confront the birther nonsense, so why do you expect them to confront people determined to exercise '2nd amendment' remedies?

Posted by: kg1957 | February 25, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It is not so much the old geezer expressed what is the obvious dynamic among Southerners... it is this scummy politician uses such nonsense to stay elected. That is not leadership... that is unacceptable in anyone pretending to be a leader. Secret Service needs to look no further then the Congressman for the motivation behind the latest racist spasm.

Posted by: fiveinchtaint | February 25, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Check out Broun's latest statement on the incident (scroll to the bottom of the article):

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/25/congressman-asked-who-is-going-to-shoot-obama/

Just spreading more lies about how he handled the situation. Pitiful..the insanity never seems to end.

Posted by: dogwithabone | February 25, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Some show of patriotism, Broun, allowing your redneck constituents to joke about killing our president.

Do our country a favor and secede. Go find a rock to crawl under and take all your bigots with you.

Posted by: jKO2010 | February 25, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

He was asked when someone was going to shoot our president, which promoted laughs????!!! And he just allowed this???!!!!

Instead of condemning it, Brown promoted an act of terrorism.

In 2012, we need to run traitorous sons of the confederacy and John Birch Society bigots out on a rail.

Posted by: jKO2010 | February 25, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Did Broun responded appropriately? No.
Should he have condemned the questioner more outright? Yes.

He should have stopped dead and stared at the crowd until the laughter stopped. Then he should have said:

"Threatening to shoot the president of the United States is not a joke. It is a crime. Whatever political differences we have with President Obama, as patriotic Americans we have a duty to respect the office of the president irrespective of our political differences.

As a US representative I have sworn an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, and that oath includes protecting our government against terrorism at home and abroad. Those who advocate violence against members of our government are giving aid and comfort to terrorists and should be dealt with as such.

We all love a good joke. But in a nation at war, any suggestion that we shoot our commander in chief is tantamount to treason. It has absolutely no place in any political discussion.

Criticize the president. Attack his policies. Argue that his actions are damaging and dangerous for our nation. Do all of that every day but remember with each breath that our nation was founded to settle our differences without violence.

To suggest that anyone should shoot the president is disgusting. It is vile. And it has no place among patriots in the greatest nation on earth."

That is what Rep. Broun should have said. And if he so wishes, if he has since come to his senses, he may freely make use of the above to apply to any similar, future outrages.


Posted by: TBadonsky | February 25, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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.

Posted by: panola60 | February 25, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Broun (a good German name) undoubtedly feels the same horror as his constituents about the fact that America has a Negro president. His silence shows that he was seriously considering the question, but couldn't think of a suitable candidate for the job. I'm sure he'll be forthcoming with more specifics.

Posted by: reltih | February 25, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5423566145_eba8c5d7a1_o.jpg

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.

Posted by: Provasek | February 25, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The person who posed the question, whether or not you agree with it, did nothing illegal. It was not a declarative statement but a question. Some people claim that the person is a racist for asking the question.The real racists are the Department of Justice Voting Rights Act attornies to this day have not prosecuted a single Black or Hispanic for hate crimes committed against Whites. Even though the majority of inter racial crime is black perpetrators and White victims. All at the direction of Obama and Eric Holder. When will Whites in America ever see any justice that the blacks are getting. The question is, when will the DOJ start prosecuting blacks and hispanics for hate crimes? Not commenting on what question some elderly person posed.

Posted by: robertlittle77 | February 25, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The person who posed the question, whether or not you agree with it, did nothing illegal. It was not a declarative statement but a question. Some people claim that the person is a racist for asking the question.The real racists are the Department of Justice Voting Rights Act attornies to this day have not prosecuted a single Black or Hispanic for hate crimes committed against Whites. Even though the majority of inter racial crime is black perpetrators and White victims. All at the direction of Obama and Eric Holder. When will Whites in America ever see any justice that the blacks are getting. The question is, when will the DOJ start prosecuting blacks and hispanics for hate crimes? Not commenting on what question some elderly person posed.

Posted by: robertlittle77 | February 25, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

In October 2008, Fidel Castro said Americans would assassinate Obama if he were elected. This was brushed off as a rant from an aging Communist dictator.

Since, Republican rhetoric may indicate otherwise as Palin incites her masses to "reload" and targeted Democratic congressmen in her web page gun-sights. Then Sharon Angle spoke of "Second Amendment remedies" followed by Beck, "You're going to have to shoot them in the head."

This was followed by Alabama Republican Beason who want's to "empty the clip" regarding illegal immigrants and Indiana Republican Deputy DA Jeff Cox
who urged using "live ammo" against protesters of the GoP's union busting in Wisconsin.

In the prank call to Republican Governor Walker of Wisconsin he doesn't denounce using a baseball bat against Democrats and fawns girlishly to his faux Koch patron, that he had "a slugger with my name on it."

Paul Broun's original, milk toast response to a men who just advocated assassinating the President is proof of the GoP's acceptance of this rhetoric.

These are not just innocuous NRA valley girls parroting popular social catch phrases of the day but politicians who have access and credibility with millions, among which are some crazy people who, thanks again to the NRA, can buy Glocks with 30 round clips.

The Teabagger Taliban cultural wars are heating up and their darling gun "metaphors" such as these will lead to outright civil war with more demonstrations in the streets like in Cairo, Tripoli and Madison. It's time liberal, gay, Muslim and Mexican citizens start exercising some Second Amendment rights of their own and arm themselves for the "Christian" Fifth Reich take over of the US by these radical, brain-dead, theocon RepuBLican thugs.

Meanwhile, God bless the Secret Service who has never before faced such a challenge protecting a young, intelligent Black man who the inbred cousins of Fred Phelps never have accepted and never will as the legitimate, elected President of the United States.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 25, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Alright, let me make something reeeeeal clear here, especially to any apologists for this disgrace. I can see many people wanting a comparison to liberal feeling during the last president. I remember it well, most of my friends slanted liberal. I slant liberal. Waaaay liberal in some cases. I was at the big anti war rally on the mall. No, not that one, the BIG one. You know what people chanted there? Impeachment. That was the ugliness. Impeachment. We wanted him impeached.

Now this is to any would-be assassin out there: If you actually follow through, you alone will be responsible for the greatest downfall of the conservative cause in the history of mankind. Fox news will go bankrupt, Rush and Coulter and every other conservative ideologue who ever even whispered some gun-related political rhetoric will fade into obscurity. Not only will "Obamacare" continue, it may actually morph in NO TIME FLAT to a single payor system, climate change and financial legislation will grow, government regulation will become competent, and in the midst of all of this change, that tiny little middle American town where you are from may actually see enough goodness and prosperity from people in this country actually giving a DAMN about their brother 1,000 miles away instead of just their stupid little tribe, it may finally make things good enough that your descendents won't be so miserable as to ever again feel the need to take the toxic waste of their life, load it into a barrel, fire it off at another man, and turn him into a symbol of everything you mistakenly chose to blame all because you couldn't stand to look inside the rotten abyss of your own soul.
You have been warned.

Posted by: ashtar377 | February 25, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

He was just following his Speaker of the House who when asked why he didn't condemn those who question the President's U.S. birth or his Christianity, said it was not his job to tell people what to think, only to represent them. Where is the real leadership in the GOP???

Posted by: dcostello | February 25, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Congressman Broun made a judgment call. The guy was elderly and, as many old geezers do, said something totally inappropriate.

Broun did the right thing in ignoring the comment and moving on. It would have been horribly inappropriate had Broun verbally flogged the old guy.

Had it been a younger person making such a comment, the Secret Service would have taken a different view...as, I'm sure, Broun would have.

Many of us have elderly parents or other relatives who, on occasion, embarrass us with oddball comments.

".....when a reporter asked Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morris, she confirmed that the question had been asked. "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," she told the paper.

.....the Secret Service interviewed the constituent who made the comment and "determined that he or she was an 'elderly person' who now regrets making a bad joke."

Posted by: mimi18 | February 25, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

There's a song called "A Seed Is A Star; A Star Is A Seed"- Stevie Wonder The song itself, is not relevant to the subject in question, but the title illustrates the power of something that starts as small as a seed, or as large as a star! In this case, it is the seed of hatred. The GOP, since the words Obama and president were put together has tried to insidiously ride the tiger of overt and covert racism. They have stoked the flames, and at times given the "unhinged" a wink and a nod, all for political gain. But hey, we don't have to go to Ga. for this. Because people come on this site daily to use unsavory terms about a person they only know through the editorial sive of corporate media.

Let's just hope that more people will come to their senses and that Light will overcome the darkness, because a "seed" can become a "star"!

Posted by: D-0f-G | February 25, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The article stated that the secret service interviewed the guy who made the comment, did it not??? By answering the question Broun would have given the fool legitemacy. You can tell by the subject matter of the question the guy who asked the question lacks brains.

Posted by: greenstheman | February 25, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Broun deserves credit for repeatedly executing one of the major tactics in the GOP Playbook:

1. Use apocalyptic rhetoric that exacerbates fear, bigotry and extremism among the uneducated and intolerant.
2. Counter any liberal criticism of your inflammatory calls for action by saying they can't take a joke.
3. Keep turning up the heat and act shocked when somebody heeds your calls for extreme action.
4. Be sure to maintain you were only speaking figuratively and you are being unfairly blamed when violence occurs (extra credit for insinuating that liberals set this up themselves).
5. Keep your celebrations behind closed doors.

Posted by: bpai_99 | February 25, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What a racist scumbucket.

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | February 25, 2011 7:33 PM | Report abuse

leave it to the Post and Greg Sargent to cherry pick some off the wall comment and make a mountain out of a mole hill. this doesn't qualify for red meat even with the Post Koolaiders.wish i could have heard broun's comments on global warming,but that isn't fishy enough for sargent.

Posted by: alamodefender | February 25, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

There was laughter in the room? Was this suppose to be a joke?
And as far Broun is concern, something is not right him. Sooner or later its going to come to light.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 25, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Not only did Broun not condemn the question, but he joined in in laughing about the idea of assassinating a sitting president. The GOP has really gone off the rails. I mean, this is beyond the pale. If you're a loyal American, I mean.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/witness_republican_laughed_when_asked_whos_gonna_shoot_obama.php

Posted by: B2O2 | February 25, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Paul Broun doesn't have to apologize for the way he handled this. The only thing we ask for in return is that from here on out, he always refer to his fellow Tea Party members as "extras from Blazing Saddles".

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | February 25, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If someone, ANYONE asked me, during President Bush's terms, "Who is going to shoot Bush?" I would have been VERY UPSET and would have asked that person,"Do you really want to shoot our President because you disagree with him? Don't you realize that "If you don't agree with me, I'll shoot you" is the same attitude that the Islamic extremists have.

If my own first reaction to a question about shoot a president was horror and anger that makes me want to tell off the person saying that, WHY wasn't Broun upset? If someone asked
"Who is going to shoot former President Bush?" would Broun brush it off the way he did?

Gee, Georgians and the rest of us, I know things are getting bad in our country with states going bankrupt and folks without jobs, but this 'Shoot first, ask questions later ' attitude that SOME folks (not all) have is much scarier to me than anything any president can do. What happen to the post-Arizona shooting talk of putting aside hate talk?

Angry, hate-filled talk about shooting may not push a rational man to violence, but our country has many, MANY boarderline psychos that such talk might be all they need to push them to grab their gun and start firing at a politician...in a crowd where another 10 year old child is standing. That child could be YOURS or mine. Please put your faith in God, not guns. Who wants to shoot Obama? Not me. I don't want to shoot anyone unless they're in my face trying to kill me.

Fear breeds hate. Hate breeds violence. Violence kills. YOUR OWN sons and daughters are in the cross-hairs and the NRA supporters' solution is to arm everyone. Kill first, ask questions later attitudes can harm you or your children as much as your enemy.

God bless Georgia. God bless and save us all. We need it.

Posted by: rojakov | February 25, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he should have said something, anything, particularly after the crowd laughed.

Posted by: jackintheboxjf | February 25, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Republican Paul Broun committed a criminal act. He must step down. Is Congress investigating Broun? Has anyone heard of the shooting in Tucson? Have readers forgotten Sarah Palin's map with cross hairs? How soon you forget the facts? Paul Broun's words are powerful words, actual weapons of war, and Broun must step down for his actions were against the LAW - Where is the President's protection? Where is the Secret Service? Threats to the President of the United States? What are the penalties? Are they followed with excuses like Glenn Beck's opinioned talk show banter? But Beck isn't a Congressman.

I am sending this to the Secret Service. Where is the law in these matters of national security? Are these threats going to continue into the 2012 elections?

Thomas Chi
Author
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Posted by: ThomasChi | February 26, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

What is even more ridiculous about this: Rep. Broun filed the "Sanctity of Life" bill this session in Congress. Looks like he respects life when it is the unborn, but not for the President of the United States.

http://alexpickett.com/2011/02/25/bipartisan-guide-to-ridiculous-legislation-u-s-rep-broun-files-sanctity-of-life-act-then-laughs-at-assassination-question/

Posted by: alexpickettdotcom | February 26, 2011 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Is there no limit to how far down the septic tank these pond scum Republicans are going to travel? Apparently not. That little piece of elephant excrement that posed the question should have had his worthless fascist-GOP posterior locked up.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | February 26, 2011 6:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm a transplanted Californian living in Georgia and you have no idea how typical this comment is in this state, and in surrounding states like Alabama.

I just checked the Atlanta-Journal Constitution front page, and there's only a link to this Rep's comment third-from the bottom in the middle of the page as "Rep. condemns 'shoot' Obama comment." The article says:

"U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, just issued a sharp condemnation of a constituent who, at a town hall meeting this week, raised the prospect of violence against President Barack Obama. A spokesman for Broun also confirmed that his office contacted the Secret Service to report incident. Broun’s relatively quick reaction (Really?) is an indication of a changed climate since last month’s shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. The incident happened on Tuesday night, but didn’t get widespread play until Thursday. A Broun staffer, as reported by the Athens Banner-Herald, almost immediately (REALLY?) called the qestion “inappropriate.” Broun himself weighed in once it became clear that — this morning — the incident was developing national legs." (**REALLY!!**)

So THIS is how the primary Georgia newspaper spins this!!

I had no idea when I moved here that such racism and hatred and redneck-ism still existed. I'm trying like h**l to get out of here and back to people who aren't armed and ready to shoot black people -- and I'm white! And I'm afraid.

The media here is completely RW out of control, nothing but Glenn and Savage and their ilk on the TV and radio, and no other talk radio. The other dominant radio and TV is religious, with TV commercials for churches and "ministers" on all the big stations. There's a church on literally every corner -- blocks with 4 churches facing each other -- companies with religious sayings on their signage (like the sign for an Express Oil & Lube with a bible verse on it), restaurants giving meal deals for people coming in after church with their church programs. It's horrifying.

This state is all the bad R's: Right-wing, republican, redneck, religious, racist, and ready to shoot.

Posted by: susaningeorgia | February 26, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

doesn't surprise me in the least. It's the GOP, the party supported by conservative media that went after the Dixie Chicks to the point where they were professionally ostrasised and received death threats for a statement that even showed enough respect for the office by referring to Bush as the President. But Carrie "Jugs for Jesus "Prejean gets every GOPer and their dog out in the spotlight screeching about her freedom of speech. The party, and same state who had a rep. call Obama uppity. And of course, let's not forget Chip"Barack the Magic N#groCD" Saltsman, whose ignorance is incomphrehensible. I am no longer surprised, and beofre some of you start spewing about how Bush was treated, those came from citizen organizations, not sitting Dem lawmakers at a state or federal level, like so much of the vitriol and disrespect coming from the GOP.

Posted by: katem1 | February 26, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

When will the sane people of this country stop indulging these crazies?
Step One: The South secedes...whether it wants to or not.
Step Two: Tea Partiers are strongly encouraged to move to Dixie.
Step Three: We live in America again.

Posted by: gradyfr | February 26, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Broun should have confronted the man and had him removed from the town hall meeting. The Secret Service should have then investigated, and then they would have "determined that he or she was an 'elderly person' who now regrets making a bad joke." We really have to show people that our patience for "bad jokes" is over.
And this after the Tucson incident.

Posted by: ptgrunner | February 26, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

There are still a lot of people in the south who are angry about the civil rights changes in the 60's, and regard the federal enforcement of desegregation as just a coda to Sherman's march. Happily, there are getting old and dying. Young people mostly can't maintain that attitude, now that whites and blacks go to school together, work together, do pretty much everything together (except go to church.)

Posted by: msh41 | February 26, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

At least he can give a speach. Obama has to use his trusty teleprompter word for word.

Posted by: obamaisafraud | February 26, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

robertlittle77 is correct. This person's remark was not a threat to any reasonable person, excluding Yankees.

And for those commentators like "jaxas70," us good ol' boys can't wait for you to bring it on! This time it will be your homes and people who will be sacked, you deviants.

Posted by: numbersch13 | February 26, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

'NO ONE' and I mean 'NO ONE' would purposely wish BO harm! The thought of 'Babbling' Biden in charge is to horrific to contemplate!

Posted by: WhinerBozo | February 27, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It is really enjoyable to read all the civil commentary from entitlement slaves, parasites, their stooges and assorted convenient idiots.

Posted by: WhinerBozo | February 27, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It is really enjoyable to read all the civil commentary from entitlement slaves, parasites, their stooges and assorted convenient idiots.

Posted by: WhinerBozo | February 27, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It is really enjoyable to read all the civil commentary from entitlement slaves, parasites, their stooges and assorted convenient idiots.

Posted by: WhinerBozo | February 27, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, I believe that the teapartarian right-wingers have gotten dangerous enough that we Americans need to arm ourselves in case they attack. More on this topic: http://roblimo.com/2011/02/its-time-for-democrats-liberals-and-other-non-republicans-to-buy-guns/

Posted by: roblimo | February 27, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it looks like what it looks like.

The Rep. Broun is a moral leper -- or he's a gutless coward. It's quite simple.

A person with a normally formed sense of morality -- and a memory capacity that stretched back enough time to recall the Tucson massacre -- would not have just 'changed the subject.'

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 28, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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