What can you say. The wording can be taken in different ways. My first idea of "abort" is to end, thus I can see how the officer saw it differently.
It went too far of course, and I'd question why an officer was concerned about a bumper sticker, but the fact is, a threat to the Presidents life is a crime not matter how it's presented. If the sticker said "kill" "you know who" (I'm not putting those 2 words together in a sentence and end up in 45 floors beneath the desert in a holding cell ) he'd likely be in custody and the investigation would be just starting.
I'm sure there is a much more heightened sense of awareness with this administration. Unfortunately, it's justified.
I think this is outright abuse of power. I seriously doubt any sane adult thinks this guy was advocating violence. If that cop was my son, I'd tell him to turn in his badge, his gun, and to give back his high school diploma.
On a side note, can a mod move this to the news articles section?
Actually, I think it was a Class Act. The officer may have misconstrued the intent - fine. He took it to his department, who obviously conferred w/the SS. They felt it (the sign) was not intended as promoting a direct threat to the POTUS (which is a crime), and returned it to him with an apology and an offer to file a complaint. The SS did a follow-up (which, I think, was prudent), found nothing of issue, and left.
The guy that had his sign taken, I think, responded properly - he's not running around making a huge deal of this at this point. Frankly, I don't think we should either.
Do I like/trust/support Obama? Only to the extent that he IS POTUS. I don't trust him, feel strongly that this country will come to rue the day he was elected - but at this point, he IS our President, and as such deserves the respect of the office. That includes being very cautious where it comes to his personal safety. Let's face it - there are likely folks that'd love nothing more than to see him removed by ANY possible means, and that's just Not Right, because in the end, they'll have negated the Democratic Process - which should be of concern to ALL of us.