Picture of Obama in rifle crosshairs draws fire

Obama under fire

A cover of a Georgia periodical featuring Sen. Barack Obama within the scope of rifle crosshairs is stirring controversy in the South and online by raising some uncomfortable questions. Coming on the heels of an article about internal e-mails from the Secret Service showing they made fun about possible assassination attempts on the life of Rev. Jesse Jackson when he was running for president and then an incident last month when former presidential contender Mike Huckabee joked at a NRA conference that the sound of a fallen chair was Obama stumbling from would-be assassins, this cover is showing bad judgement at the worst time.

But as the article alludes to, can the threat of a possible attempt be ignored especially with intelligence gathering info on white supremacist groups (many of which are located in North Georgia) who have vowed to “neutralize” the threat that Obama poses? Also, in Georgia, a bar owner has been raising a few eye brows by selling a shirt featuring Obama depicted as “Curious George.” WTF is in their water?

A diarist named “spiralstairs” wrote on Daily Kos, “The article itself is not offensive, but the cover is beyond the pale. As indicated by the article, there are some serious racists in the area, and Obama’s candidacy has brought out the worst in a lot of people. The last thing we need is a newspaper to suggest assassination with an incendiary cover such as this.”

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