Apology over newspaper advert calling for Barack Obama’s assassination

May 30th, 2009 - 6:10 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Barack Obama The Warren Times Observer, a local newspaper in northwest Pennsylvania, has apologized for running an advertisement calling for the assassination of US President Barack Obama.

The advertisement, which ran in the Thursday edition of the 11,000 circulation publication read: “May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy.”

The newspapers publisher, John Elchert, said the ad was pulled as soon as it was seen by a manager and details of the person who placed the ad, referred to local police, who notified the Secret Service.

Elchert said the representative who took the ad apparently didn’t make the connection between the four assassinated presidents – Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy – and mistakenly allowed the ad to run.

Jim Mackin, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said investigators had identified the person who placed the ad and were taking it seriously. “We do not have the luxury of doing otherwise,” he said.

In a post on its website on Friday, the newspaper said the ad “apparently alludes to the wish that President Obama meets an untimely end by linking him with four assassinated presidents.” It said the paper apologized for the “oversight.”

Concerns about Obama’s safety arose early in his campaign for president, especially among African Americans who expressed fears he could meet the same fate as black civil rights leader Martin Luther King, assassinated in 1968.

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