Shots Fired at Obama Campaign’s Denver Headquarters

This is bananas:

Police say someone fired a shot at the Obama campaign’s Denver headquarters Friday afternoon.

No one was injured, though people were inside the offices when the incident occurred, said Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez.

“It looks like it was one shot that was fired into the structure,” she said.

The incident happened at about 3 p.m. at the campaign’s offices on West Ninth Avenue near Acoma Street, Lopez said.

Sam Levin, a reporter for the alternative newspaper Westword, later posted a photo on Twitter showing one of the office’s large, front windows broken out.

I imagine the Secret Service is working on overtime as we get closer to the election. Crazy people are everywhere.

[cross-posted at ABLC]

68 replies
  1. 1
    Davis X. Machina says:

    Extremism in the defense of extremism is no vice.

  2. 2
    MikeJ says:

    And they say Joe Biden was rude.

  3. 3
    Schlemizel says:

    Well given that he is a Kenyan Muslim Socialist Communist what do you expect decent Americans to do?

    I’m grateful every day this doesn’t happen with the way the wingnut leadership whips up the hate. They do it without shame and without conscience.

  4. 4
    Schlemizel says:


    Right, both sides do it!

  5. 5
    Jewish Steel says:

    Probably just the activities of a well regulated militia.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

  6. 6
    Chris says:

    Isolated incident.

    Just a bad apple.

    Both sides do it.

    He was probably a liberal anyway.

    What’s really horrible is the way the liberals will spin this to their advantage! :(


  7. 7
    AxelFoley says:

    Keep playing, racist muhfuckas. I promise you, if any harm comes to PBO or his family or VP Biden or his family, there’s gonna be some consequences and repercussions.

  8. 8
    beltane says:

    Don’t be surprised if we see the RW pull more of this on election day with the tacit approval of their party’s leadership.

  9. 9
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    My wife heard about this and she told me that she found out today that a window at the local Obama campaign headquarters here in Brookings, Oregon, was broken last week. She said that the police didn’t find out how it was broken, just that it was. Our local rag buried the story in the back of our tiny paper saying that they don’t front page vandalism stories. I guess people are complaining about the lack of prominent local coverage.

    I am only reporting what my wife heard, I have not read the local rag in years as it’s a waste of time. The fuckers who do this need to be caught and punished to the max.


  10. 10
    Chris says:


    Holy fucking Christ. I just sent this to a Republican friend (one of the saner ones, actually). The response, literally the only two lines written so far:

    “Oh dear
    I hope they don’t start with racism charges.”

    Wow. Just wow.

    Zeus in heaven, do I hate being right all the time.

  11. 11
    JPL says:


  12. 12
    beltane says:

    @Chris: No, no racism charge. I will charge them with being a bunch of smelly fascist cowards.

  13. 13
    hildebrand says:

    I remember sitting at the Amtrak station in Chicago about two weeks after the election in 2008 – a number of us were sitting in a small group waiting for our train, and of that group there were 3 older African American men, and the three gentlemen spoke of their fears that Obama was in danger. Since that conversation, I have always been worried that the truly deranged would actually try to harm Obama.

    This shooting in Denver has gotten me worried all over again. Guess it has never really gone away.

  14. 14
    TexasMango says:

    If they are resorting to violence, I’ll take that as a sign that we are winning.

    Fuck these assholes.

  15. 15
    Donut says:


    Look, man, I ain’t fallin’ for no banana in my tail pipe!

  16. 16
    General Stuck says:

    I imagine the Secret Service is working on overtime as we get closer to the election. Crazy people are everywhere.

    Not all of them.

  17. 17
    nellcote says:

    I imagine the Secret Service is working on overtime as we get closer to the election.

    Well this isn’t reassuring:

    Secret Service officer, seeming drunk, passed out, arrested in Miami hours after Obama event

  18. 18
    jharp says:

    “Crazy people are everywhere.”

    And in the teabagger brain we need get more of them armed. For safety reasons.

  19. 19

    Meanwhile at a Romney rally a supporter was wearing a t-shirt that says “Put the White back in the White House” but of course they’re not racist. Not them.

  20. 20
    piratedan says:

    @Chris: well only white people can tell if someone is being a racist, just look at our lengthy history of persecution, committing it mind you, but its a long history nevertheless.

  21. 21
    Chris says:


    Death threats to the White House went up by several hundred percent after the Obama inauguration, while ammo purchases went so high that the manufacturers literally couldn’t keep up.*

    Of course, it was considered rude, uncivil and partisan to point that out. And anyone in DHS who’s paid any attention to that, or to the spate of right-wing or white supremacist (but I repeat myself) incidents in the last four years, is accused of being on a witch-hunt.

    *(I have to say, if I were them, I would be sinking PILES of money into every Democratic campaign in my district).

  22. 22
    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @hildebrand: I was canvassing for Obama in the 2008 primary, and talked to a black guy on the street who asked me how long I thought Obama would be president. I said if he had a good first term, I expected he could get reelected for two. ‘

    The guy said, no, how long did I think he’d be alive.

    It knocked me for a loop.

  23. 23
    hildebrand says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: I remember the conversation so clearly – and it still shakes me up – one of the guys said, ‘every time we do something good, they take it away’. I tried not to cry in a public place. He looked at me, ‘tell me your generation will do it better.’

  24. 24
    trollhattan says:

    HanObama shot first. Stand yer ground, bichez.

  25. 25
    MikeBoyScout says:

    This is the office I’ll be working out of starting November 1st through election day.
    For what it’s worth, I’m not afraid, I’m emboldened.

    We are going to win Colorado because We are stronger than wingnut bullshit ‘scare the vote’.

    The arc of history shall be bent our way, the right way because We are not afraid.

  26. 26
    Chris says:


    “Han shot first” reference. You win the Internets. At least if I have anything to say about it. FYGL!

  27. 27
    urlhix says:

    So I should be glad that some moron only put an NRA sticker on the door of our local Obama office. Right?

  28. 28
    rlrr says:

    “Both sides do it.”
    — Fox “News”

  29. 29
    Schlemizel says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason:

    I assumed he wouldn’t make it four years.I am stunned that there have not been shots fired at him. Look at how many times wingnuts shot at the WH during the Clinton years & he was white! Hell, there was even a Kamikaze attack! I wish I thought it was because the country isn’t as crazy As I thought it was.

    If there were a god I’d thank him for keeping our President safe.

  30. 30
    Richard says:


    Meanwhile at a Romney rally a supporter was wearing a t-shirt that says “Put the White back in the White House” but of course they’re not racist. Not them.

    But you are for objecting. Only a bigot would call a bigot a bigot according to their Bizarro logic.

  31. 31
    rlrr says:

    From which party do we hear about 2nd amendment remedies?

  32. 32
    henrythefifth says:

    Just look at the shows on The History Channel lineup…Sons of Guns, American Guns, and now some Ted Nugent gun show (for real!).

    I grew up hunting. Got my first shotgun at age 12. Back then, guns were almost sacred…something to be respected, revered, and yes, feared (when those who didn’t show them the proper respect were handling them)

    Now it’s all about getting them blinged up, blowing the shit out of things, and stockpiling enough ammo to take out the neighborhood–all on the TeeVee!. Scary, scary shit. The gun manufacturers are having a heyday.

  33. 33
    TexasMango says:

    @MikeBoyScout: Funny, everybody I know working on the campaign is 100% confident of an Obama win. Folks on the sidelines are the ones panicking. I think if I hadn’t started phone banking for swing states a few weeks ago I’d be nuts over the Romney “bounce” too. If you are working “on the ground” in some way it’s just a different feel for what is happening.

    I guess the old saying is true: An idol mind is the Devil’s workshop.

  34. 34
    El Cid says:

    If only more Obama campaign offices were armed, this wouldn’t happen.

  35. 35
    Peregrinus says:


    My grandfather always said he expected someone would try to hurt Obama, and that perhaps they would succeed. He went so far as to say once, when he got especially emotional, that’s why he hoped Obama wouldn’t win the primary – he didn’t want to see that happen to someone he considered an amazing person and politician.

    And I remember all the shit that happened to Democratic congresspeople who voted for health care reform. I just told coworkers about it the other day. They were honestly surprised to find out that Tea Partiers had been cutting gas lines, throwing rocks through windows, that sort of thing. The only other Democrat at the table, on the other hand, knew exactly what the hell I was talking about.

    Fuck these bastards who think they can get their country back by fear and intimidation and then complain about the New Black Panthers or some other bullshit. It’s time they learned a lesson or five about bullying.

  36. 36

    @AxelFoley: They have no idea. Shit will get real, real fast.

  37. 37
    Cliff in NH says:

    and they dropped a load of horseshit in front of another D headquarters.

    All they do is drop loads of shit, why should we be surprised that they believe in shooting loads of shit at Americans?

  38. 38
    catdevotee says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Wow, I live in Brookings, too! And, yes, our office window was broken, apparently by a bullet, although the bullet itself wasn’t found… but the small-caliber bullet hole was clearly visible when it first happened. Fortunately, it happened between 10 and 11 at night, so no one was in the office. It is scary though. The DH and I were there three afternoons this week because we are having a voter registration drive.

    These bullies should be ashamed of themselves.

  39. 39
    celticdragonchick says:


    A lot of the Freeper types have no idea that some of us lefties are pretty damned well armed also.

    If they really want to start Civil War 2.0 with some sort of coup or attack on the POTUS, they have no idea how nasty it will get.

  40. 40
    MikeBoyScout says:

    @TexasMango: Democracy is not a spectator sport, and too many have sacrificed too much for me to ever not be on the ground. Plus, I love meeting and helping people.

  41. 41
    beltane says:

    @celticdragonchick: Don’t forget that our side is also considerably younger than their side.

  42. 42
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    False flag!


  43. 43
    Anya says:

    @MikeBoyScout: That’s the attitude. These assholes win if we cower in terror. We will not let them win.

  44. 44
    TexasMango says:

    @Anya: Our attitude should be fuck this shit we are going to win. I don’t care about the MSM or polls. WE ARE GOING TO WIN.

    If you say otherwise, fuck you I’m not listening. Take that negativity somewhere else or better yet call OFA and tell them you want to help.

  45. 45
    maven says:

    Don’t worry. There are still some Stonewall fighters with a few pairs of stilettos left. We won’t fit into the dresses nor the trucks that hauled us away. We can teach ‘ya.

    Advantage; US.

  46. 46
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    You know who else did violence to their opponents’ political offices?

  47. 47
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Hi there neighbor! :)

    With as many confederate transplants and teahadist Robinson supporters in this area, I’m not surprised this happened.

    Be safe.

  48. 48
    blingee says:

    Jesus titty fucking christ ABL Vista Home edition. Please think twice before posting a headline that start with “Shots fired at Obama….”.

    For fucks sakes what the fuck are you thinking!!!! You just about gave me a heart attack there for a second!

  49. 49
    Drive-by Nomad says:


    You know who else did violence to their opponents’ political offices?


  50. 50
    YellowJournalism says:

    @blingee: What Blingee said. I almost started bawling as I clicked the link. I’m on my iPhone, and it cuts off the full title. My mom and I just had a conversation about how we fear for Obama’s safety more in a second term than the first.

  51. 51
    julie says:

    A front window in Obama headquarters in downtown Toledo was broken, too. Now I’m suspicious that this is a tactic around the country. More rightwing domestic terrorism, if you will.

  52. 52
    catdevotee says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Quite a small world here at BJ! Consider this a personal invitation to join us at some of our local events. Tomorrow morning at 10:30 is the monthly Progressives’ Brunch being held at the Flying Gull, in their semi-private back room. Next Tue. we’re having a debate watching party starting around 5 PM (debate begins at 6) in our office on Chetco Ave. next door to the Redwood Theater. Hilarity will ensue!

    Or just drop in the office any afternoon to add your name to our email list so you’ll be in the know about our local activities… there are more of us lefties around than you might think!

  53. 53
    Cliff in NH says:

    I can’t type I’m so mad.

    Fuck the haters.

  54. 54
    Anya says:

    @TexasMango: Yes. That’s a better message. I just want all the bed wetting to stop.

  55. 55
    Cliff in NH says:

    I wish I had vid of me taking down my asshole dad who ran IBM’s takover division. I disown the assholish behavior of IBM’s takeover unit.

    Every single bit of it.

  56. 56
    Chris says:


    Well, the courts didn’t go for vote suppression, so it’s on to jury intimidation.

  57. 57
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    The pasty white male fundie teatard gunnut responsible for this should be shot…with his own firearm.

    That is all.

  58. 58
    Opie_jeanne says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: are you East of I5?

    Because I have noticed how red everything looks east of the I5 in all three west coast states.

  59. 59
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Thanks for the invite! I drive past the campaign office several times a day and keep wanting to stop in but the parking sucks (or the office is closed) or I’m pressed for time. I could walk over there when I get the time (busy as hell, as usual) since I live a short distance away (down by Memory Lane and Alder). I do plan on dropping in at least once before the election just to check the operation out. I’ve been buried in computer work lately plus with my medical problems, making a buck is my priority! Still, I’m going to make it there soon! :)

    An aside; the inflatable aluminum-looking elephant out in front of the Repub HQ made me laugh. It looks like something junior high school kids would use for a rally mascot.

  60. 60
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @MikeBoyScout: Maybe I’ll wander into your neck of the woods and say hi! It’s bit out of the way (I usually only wander into Denver for theater, zoo, and botanic gardens), but since they’re shooting at it and you’re working it, I’d make the trip.

  61. 61
    John Weiss says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Hi there! Indeed the window was shot out. The cops are, well, busy and there aren’t so many of them. No one was in the storefront when the deed was done. Brookings is so small that this would never make the national news. Of course it pisses most of off.

    But, there you have it: there are fanatical right-wing terrorists everywhere. Even in our peaceful little burg.


  62. 62
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @John Weiss:

    Hi! Haven’t seen you around here for awhile, hope you have been well! Yeah, crazies are everywhere today, it’s just sad to see it in a small, out of the way place like Brookings. The sad thing is that these chickens think that they are “patriots”.

    No, they are chickenshits.

  63. 63
    fuckwit says:

    Peak wingnut is a myth.

    The wingnuts will keep getting more and more violent and unhinged, as their number shrinks more and more.

    Like a sun imploding into a black hole of hate.

  64. 64
    Gretchen says:

    There was a brick thrown through the Obama office in Kansas City last election.

  65. 65
    Bob h says:

    More evidence that Joe hit home in the debate.

  66. 66
    kay says:

    We had a brick thrown at the window in the door of the law office during the collective bargaining fight in Ohio.
    I say ‘thrown’ because it’s a double-pane window and they only broke the outer pane, so it didn’t go “through” the window. I get sort of a kick out of thinking of their lame, weak throw.
    I came in and saw it, but it looked like a frost pattern from inside, so I didn’t know it was broken. Later, one of the women who works here saw that it was broken. She was so rattled we had to send her home.
    They used our brick. We have left-over bricks stacked behind the building from when we renovated the building.
    The police came and found a cutting tool left on the ledge next to the utility box so they think the person intended to cut wires or something and then saw the bricks so picked one up.
    Anyway, that was 2011 and we don’t know who did it.

  67. 67
    Jay in Oregon says:


    Meanwhile at a Romney rally a supporter was wearing a t-shirt that says “Put the White back in the White House” but of course they’re not racist. Not them.

    That man is merely concerned about the proper role of government in the lives of its citizens, and worried about oppressive levels of taxation.

  68. 68
    Anonymous to be a smaller targett says:


    Wow have you got that right!

    Some of the biggest hippies I know are now very well paid executives – they can and do afford more guns that a right-wing wingnut working for the Department of Highways.

    As soon as I became personally aware of my ageing body, I got a carry permit, the spouse already had one. Also got a bigger pistol, capable of putting a hurt on someone wearing a vest.

    I won’t let my democratic rights be destroyed by wingnuts who don’t understand their own form of government. It isn’t majority rules, folks, the rights of the minority can’t be cancelled out by the majority. I don’t want to screw with the rights of the wingnuts, but I surely don’t intend to allow them to screw with my rights!

    And God help you if you fuck with President Obama! Everyone who has been making remarks about putting the white back in the Whitehouse, guilty of creating a hostile environment encouraging the attempted murder of the President…

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