Maine Man Defends Alleged Threat Against Obama

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SABATTUS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man under federal investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot President Barack Obama says he has done nothing wrong.

A posting on a Facebook account belonging to 68-year-old David Marsters of Sabattus, a retired police officer from Massachusetts, used a racial slur and suggested shooting Obama. When someone criticized the posting, the user said Obama “is not a legal president.”

In profanity-laced interviews with two Maine newspapers, Marsters said his posting was taken out of context and he never said he or anyone else would actually shoot Obama.

He told the Sun Journal of Lewiston he fears Obama will take away federal benefits he has earned. He also insisted Obama’s birth certificate is a sophisticated computer-generated fake.

He told The Portland Press Herald he should have said he hoped Obama died.

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