Possible Obama Assassination Attempt Thwarted

Three men were arrested Monday in Denver on firearms and drug charges in connection with a plot to assassinate Senator Barack Obama during his acceptance speech for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination Thursday night.

Police were alerted to the plot after an arrest during a traffic stop in Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday morning.  Police seized firearms and methamphetamine during the arrest.

In an effort to open the convention to thousands of supporters, Obama’s campaign moved his acceptance speech from the convention center to Invesco Field.  The stadium venue complicates security plans as compared with the smaller convention center.

According CBS News:

 It’s premature to say that it was a valid threat or that these folks have the ability to carry it out,” said a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation.

“It could also turn out that these were nothing but a bunch of knuckleheads, meth heads,” the U.S. government official said.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid insisted that the men posed “no credible threat” to Obama or visitors for the Democratic National Convention. 

KCNC in Denver reported:  One of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a … rifle … sighted at 750 yards.”

Tharin Gartrell, Nathan Johnson and Shawn Adolf have lengthy criminal records for illegal gun possession, drug dealing and theft.    The three men were being sough on arrest warrants for numerous crimes. 

In an interview with KCNC-TV, Channel 4 in Denver, Johnson said:   “He don’t belong in political office. Blacks don’t belong in political office. He ought to be shot.”

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This after an arrest was made in a downtown Denver hotel, in an unrelated story, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was staying.  A man entered the hotel carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols.

According to Politico and the Denver Post: 


Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said 29-year-old Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyo., faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon after police officers at the Grand Hyatt hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case while checking in. Calanchini did not have a concealed weapons permit, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

“I didn’t even know the DNC was in town. I don’t watch the news,” Calanchini told the station from jail before he was released on $10,000 bond. “If I had known, I would have done things differently. It was a simple mistake.”

Calanchini told KUSA he had the weapons because he was getting ready for a hunting trip Aug. 28.

Authorities were investigating a report that Calanchini was in town on business and had had the weapons worked upon, including mounting of site scopes, to prepare for the trip.

Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami tells my colleague Dan Reilly, “The Speaker was never in any danger; she appreciates the quick and professional response by the police.”




6 responses to “Possible Obama Assassination Attempt Thwarted

  1. Let’s pray for great ongoing Security around Obama and that he and his family stay safe!

    It’s good they caught that wackjob in FL.

  2. Yes, we must all pray for protection for Barack and his family.

  3. I think the Florida guy Bruce is referring to was arrested early this month.
    Add the guy arrested at Pelosi’s hotel and these 3 morons.

    I’m praying for Barack and his family and I’m praying for the Secret Service to help keep them safe. I’ve been worried about it since the Texas incident where the SS stood down in order to get people into an Obama event faster.

  4. These guys are just typical delusional methheads. For a semi-humorous take on this story, check out my blog here:


    I hope, however, that this alerts the Secret Service and reminds them to be extra vigilant. Obama is a special candidate, and our nation has a sad history of special candidates getting assassinated.

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