A 23 year old female LiveJournal user named Annie thought she was being funny when she wrote about killing the president (more precisely praying to God to do the killing) [screen capture – Google cache].
It seems not everyone was amused, as Annie reports:
A couple of weeks ago, following the last presidential debate, I said some rather inflammatory things about George W. Bush in a public post in my LJ, done in a satirical style. We laughed, we ranted, we all said some things. I thought it was a fairly harmless (and rather obvious) attempt at humor in the face of annoyance, and while a couple of people were offended, as is typical behavior from me, I saw something shiny and forgot about it, thinking that the whole thing was over and done and nothing else would come of what I said.
I was wrong.
At 9:45 last night, the Secret Service showed up on my mother’s front door to talk to me about what I said about the President, as what I said could apparently be misconstrued as a threat to his life.After reading the screen cap of the post I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for her, especially since the agents spent only ten minutes at the house and quickly determined that she was no threat. As should be totally obvious from the last year of campaigning you can say pretty much anything you like about a sitting President, but the moment you cross the line and mention killing a President you get Secret Service scrutiny 100% of the time – regardless of who the President is…