Idaho Mayor Sorry for Kids’ ‘Assassinate Obama’ Chant

November 19, 2008 at 5:11 am Leave a comment

shawn-larsen.jpgThe mayor of an eastern Idaho town where second- and third-grade students chanted “Assassinate Obama” after Barack Obama’s Nov. 4 election victory has publicly apologized, saying there’s no excuse for such comments.

Rexburg Mayor Shawn Larsen wrote to local newspapers he was saddened by the notoriety his community had received over the incident.
He received e-mails from as far away as Canada.
Larsen told The Associated Press, “When people don’t stand up and say, ‘That’s not appropriate, that’s wrong, and those are hateful remarks,’ it’s almost like they are saying that it’s an OK thing to do. And it’s not.”
The children’s chant on a school bus came amid a wave of disenchantment over the presidential election results produced several inflammatory responses in Idaho, where voters overwhelmingly favored Republican John McCain.
Source: AP

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