In a Politico Magazine essay titled, “Something Is Rotten in the Secret Service: And Obama’s life is in danger because of it,” writer Ronald Kessler suggests that if President Barack Obama is assassinated, he will have himself to blame, reports the Huffington Post.
“Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred,” Kessler wrote. “Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service.”
Kessler’s assertion follows the latest Secret Service failure to protect the president.
Omar Gonzalez, 42, an Iraq war veteran who jumped over the White House fence on September 19 and traveled deep into the residence before he was stopped by an off-duty Secret Service agent, pleaded not guilty to federal and District of Columbia charges on Wednesday.
Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, the first woman to hold the position, resigned during the aftermath. But the president’s safety is just one part of this narrative.
Kessler’s incredibly insulting and potentially dangerous rhetoric falls squarely in line with the continued disrespect that Obama has faced during his terms. But to suggest that the Leader of the Free World would be to blame for his own death because of subjectively sub-par management skills is a new low.
Politico later removed the text and replaced it with the following note:
Editor’s note: Some readers have misinterpreted the original last line of Kessler’s article as somehow suggesting that the president should be held responsible in the event of his own assassination. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and we’re sorry if anyone interpreted Kessler’s meaning in any other way.
Any other way than what? How did he mean it, exactly? We haven’t heard that part yet.
This was more than an interpretation. President Barack Obama has faced more death threats than any United States president in history, at one time averaging more than 30 death threats per day, an increase of 400 percent since he took office in 2008.
Whether one agrees with his politics or not, the fears of the first Black president being assassinated are real. And Politico needs to do more than quietly change the text and issue some weak you-all-just-took-it-wrong apology.