Pennsylvania Newspaper Warren Times Observer Runs Ad Calling for Obama Assassination … They Might Want to Take a US History Class


They can’t blame Craigslist this time … However, one might want to blame the educational system in the United States. How could anyone in the newspaper business by so woefully ignorant when it comes to US history?

No matter how one feels about “One’s” policies, you never call for an assassination. There are other methods in dealing with a president, they are called elections. However, this incident brings into play another dilemma in the US, it’s educational system.


Don’t people know their history? What are they teaching in today’s schools and hiring at today’s newspapers if one does not know the tragic assassinations of  four American Presidents?

Talk about doing something that will most certainly get you a a call from the United States Secret Service. The Pennsylvania newspaper, the Warren Times Observer, ran a classified ad calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama. It is unbelievable that the newspaper ran an ad calling for the assassination of a president and didn’t even know it. Its a good thing that ignorance is not a crime?

Warren Times Observer Publisher John Elchert says the ad appeared Thursday. It read, “May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!” The four presidents were all assassinated.

Elchert tells The Associated Press that the newspaper’s advertising staff didn’t make the historical connection.

The original ad can be seen HERE.

An agent from the Secret Service is investigating the person who placed the ad. The Times Observer was all  apologies over the “Wanna Get Away” moment. The newspaper claimed that they did not make the historical connection when reading the ad. Exactly who do they have reading the ads? How could one not make the connection that Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were all assassinated? As Newsbusters states, this incident in the newspaper business raises the suspicion of the historical ignorance of the entire industry. Is it any wonder that the circulation of so many newspapers is down.

This incident does not speak well for the historical education of the folks that run the Warren Times Observer, for sure. Unfortunately, this historical ignorance raises the suspicion that the entire newspaper industry suffers from the same fate.

Lastly, it is a damning commentary on the end product of our schools if even the employees of a newspaper — an entity that is supposed to be one of the informers of the nation — are so ignorant of history that this obvious, less than thinly veiled threat to Obama’s life so easily flew over their heads.

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  • Comments

    19 Responses to “Pennsylvania Newspaper Warren Times Observer Runs Ad Calling for Obama Assassination … They Might Want to Take a US History Class”

    1. Pat in Alabama on May 30th, 2009 11:57 am

      Obama may turn out to be worse than Jimmy Carter; we may wish his POLICIES to fail; but it is pitiful to think that someone is so filled with hate that they would want him killed. He is a human being; a part of God’s creation. Further, the person who sent in the ad is a coward, otherwise they would have done it themself instead of attempting to insight others. Meanwhile the person taking orders for classified ads is learning to take screening ads to a new level…

    2. Patti on May 30th, 2009 1:26 pm

      We find ourselves in a dilemma and I ask myself,

      ‘what would Kennedy do’?

      This is not art immitating life, it’s tyranny. Who ever placed that ad should be prosecuted and Kennedy would call his bluff…

      Gee… let’s do some REAL testing!


      God bless the Kennedy’s who knew we are all special…

      Definitely, worth fighting for.

    3. Susan on May 30th, 2009 4:24 pm

      Whoever placed the ad is certainly not the first, last or the only person on the face of this earth to wish death upon a sitting president or any other world leader.

      Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

      I didn’t know (or maybe just forgot) Garfield and McKinley were assassinated. I must’ve been busy doing other things at school…LOL!

      In my opinion, there’s too much of a fuss being made over the incident. Who cares anyway?

    4. Scared Monkeys on May 30th, 2009 5:12 pm

      #3, Its not freedom of speech to make threats against another.

      Neither is it Freedon of Speech to yell fire in a movie theater or bomb at the airport.

      However, I wonder whether the LEFT would write such a post of the threat was made against GWB, or would they just laugh it off?


    5. Michelle Smith on May 30th, 2009 6:19 pm

      Puhleaze…What kind of idiot puts an add in the paper to have a President assassinated? What a moron.

      This person should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

      I may not like his policies or how he got elected or even the fact that he’s a liar & a crook but I do not wish the man any harm.

      Some people are just evil.

    6. Susan on May 30th, 2009 7:45 pm

      #4 – I knew I’d get a response in reference to “freedom of speech”. I agree with you.

      It may be hard to prove that the personal ad was intended to be a threat. Folks take things out of context all of the time.

    7. Patti on May 30th, 2009 11:08 pm

      I agree as well, but, putting a threat in print (as in a ad) is also an indication of how low one will go to sell newspapers… Besides, the action on the part of the person who placed the ad is a national threat and should have been reported… and never should have been published in the first place.

    8. PA Mom on May 30th, 2009 11:59 pm

      I cannot understand why anyone could want such a horrible tragedy to happen to our president and our country. I don’t agree with his policies, but this is United States of America. We voted for our president, and he won that vote.

    9. Carpe on May 31st, 2009 7:51 am

      “May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!”

      Technically, it is not a death threat and it does not call for anything.

      The death threat connection is made in the readers head, or apparently, not so much.

      …and it will still get you a lil visit
      from your local friendly SS man.

    10. on May 31st, 2009 9:24 am

      Not only should the person placing the ad be prosecuted for making a threat against O but what was the newspaper thinking in printing it?

      Isn’t the media responsible not to run tasteless (and in this case, illegal) ads?

    11. Susan on May 31st, 2009 11:35 am

      Carpe – I agree and find it outrageously ridiculous that anyone would misconstrue the words in the ad to be a threat to our national security, much less a threat to Obama himself. That’s HOGWASH!

      Considering the fact that Abe Lincoln freed the slaves, the words “May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy”, could be meant in a good light.

      Kennedy, too, had some involvement in the civil rights movement.

    12. Patti on May 31st, 2009 1:41 pm

      The greatest thing that Kennedy did was to put an end to Cuba obtaining nuclear missiles through Russia. What did he do? He negotiated with the Russians, while enforcing a blockade on traffic entering into the islands waterways. He nipped the threat in the bud. In my opinion, we are faced with the same threat, today, with North Korea. Ignoring their actions is not an option and while I don’t support war, in general, I do believe that it is the responsibility of our government officials to protect their people. The earth is fragile and so are we, irreplaceable…


    13. Patti on May 31st, 2009 1:44 pm


      I agree with Katablog.

      The person who place that ad… meant it as a threat!

    14. ANewGirl on May 31st, 2009 4:17 pm

      I’m with #5, Michelle’s Smith’s post all the way.

    15. Patti on May 31st, 2009 7:45 pm

      New Girl:

      Me too, that goes without saying.

    16. BullPooper on June 1st, 2009 10:59 am

      This is a serious matter and in the past tragedies have occurred because there are people who say “oh this is no big deal.”

      A suspect should be investigated for not merely thinking such thoughts, but going through the steps and expense of placing the ad. This is more than simply bull pooping at the local bar.

      I look forward to seeing who placed the ad. No doubt some redneck white supremacist who listens to Limbaugh and Beck every day.

    17. Fed Up on June 2nd, 2009 11:18 pm

      It is technically not a death threat. People who have been praising BO have said BO is another JFK. (Might be a prophetic statement on thier parts). It is not likley the person at Warren missed the connection, but an excellent excuse for letting it run. They are smarter than Obama who is busy making enemies with the CIA.

    18. cabot on June 5th, 2009 5:09 pm

      Its a good thing that we as Americans have a freedom of speech that all can exercise. How else would we identify the uninformed and poorly educated among us? Truth be told, thank God for President Obama and his outstanding effort to clean up the mess left by the Bush administration. Without him we would be in worse trouble.

    19. MGJams on June 7th, 2009 12:29 pm

      Right on cabot!
      I hope they look very closely at who was envolved with that Ad. Remember when the media went BAD!I remember all the outrageous articles against the Clinton’s as the Right Wing spilled their vileness across America using our media to do it!
      It was revolutionary freedom of the press, but also remember that the press began to turn to hearsay instead of reporting. There is also a history of Right Wing threats occuring in America as far back as Reagan’s REVOLUTION! Remember, that is what they called it. God help America from being destroyed by bigotry and hatefulness, from the INSIDE!
      SM: All threats should be condemned. The LEFT does many of their own.

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