According to reports, the unidentified officer worked as a motorcycle escort for official motorcades in the US capital. He was allegedly overheard by a colleague on Wednesday declaring that he would shoot Michelle Obama, and showed an image on his cell phone of the weapon he said he intended to use.
The officer, who overheard the conversation, had been moved to administrative duty and reported the incident to the Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the US president and his family. Edwin Donovan, spokesman for the Secret Service said, “We’re aware of the incident, and we’re going to take appropriate investigative steps.”
Gwendolyn Crump, spokesman for the Washington police, said, “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments.”
The US First Lady’s office did not immediately comment on the report.
In 2009, an American woman was arrested after calling the Secret Service and threatening to kill Michelle Obama. Barack Obama, the first African American president, has been the target of numerous assassination plots and threats since his campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2007.
Obama’s mistake: Not enough storytelling
The US President who ran on hope says he needs to do a better job of inspiring the public if he wins a second term. US President Barack Obama said that the “mistake” of his first term was, in his words, “thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right.” Obama said that the presidency demands telling a story to the American people “that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.” He says it is legitimate criticism that he wasn’t telling the public where he’s going and says he needs to do a better job of that.