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"List of unsuccessful U.S. Presidential assassination attempts" vs. "List of U.S. Presidential assassination attempts"[edit]

I chose to name the article List of U.S. Presidential assassination attempts because the word implies that it was unsuccessful. List of U.S. Presidential assassinations would be the successes and List of U.S. Presidential assassination attempts would be the failures.

As a title, List of unsuccessful U.S. Presidential assassination attempts is long and bulky. Kingturtle 00:05, 4 Apr 2004 (UTC)

When I first read the title I thought it would include all assassination attempts, both failed and successful. So I guess this kind of ends the discussion right here, don't you think? Better to be verbose (and ugly) yet truthful, than concise (and possibly aesthetic) but of doubtful veracity. -- Dissident 08:44, 5 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Year 0 Curse[edit]

The article said, under "Ronald Reagan":

Because Ronald Reagan survived the assassination attempt, he became the first president elected in a year ending with a zero since 1820 to survive and finish his term.

As written, this is false. Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860 and survived and finished his term, which ended on 4 March 1865; he died on 15 April 1865. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1940 and survived and finished his term, which ended on 20 January 1944; he died on 12 April 1945. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dominus (talkcontribs) 13:54, 19 December 2004 (UTC)

HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT! FDR ran for a 4th term in 1944, which lasted from 1945-49; when he died in 1945, Truman finished out the term until 1949 and ran for election in 1948. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:46, 24 March 2010 (UTC)


i am not putting this article up for deletion because i know it will not be deleted. but what exactly is the point of this page? all this information can easily be expressed on individual pages. Sensation002 00:32, 11 May 2005 (UTC)

  • Because it is of interest to view all this information at once. If it is only on individual articles, then one would have to investigate each POTUS article. Kingturtle 00:38, 11 May 2005 (UTC)
    • As someone who was looking for something similiar, I would like to corrborate the above. I found this article extremely useful. However, I wouldn't object if someone decided to trim the article down to a list of links. (talk) 20:00, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

GW Bush[edit]

A live grenade is thrown at the president at lands 100 feet away - and authorities say it is not an attempt on his life? sounds like damage control to me. Kingturtle 02:14, 26 May 2005 (UTC)

It doesnt matter what sounds like damage control to you, are you saying you know more than the authorities? Even if it HAD exploded, that type of grenade has a maximum range of ~30 ft, which the president was clearly out of. And it was NOT a live grenade, you see? Because it did not explode.

(1) whether it would have killed him or not is a mute point. the point is that someone tried to injure the president. (2) when this story first broke, the Georgian authorities reported it, and the U.S. Government DENIED that it even happened. it took a few days before the U.S. Government admitted that it happened. (3) read the Clinton entry: Francisco Martin Duran fired shots at the White House from the south lawn thinking that Clinton was among the men in dark suits standing there. No one was hurt and Duran was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Clinton wasn't ever in danger. This list is meant to list incidents of attempts. Kingturtle 23:05, 26 May 2005 (UTC)
Great. Now this unnamed individual has decided that the solution is to remove the attempt on Clinton, too. Just leave it alone, wouldja, buddy? Squidd 20:08, 29 May 2005 (UTC)

I don't understand, I have provided you a SOURCE that says it was not a real attempt on Bush's life, when will you get your head out of your ass, and drop the ego, power-trip?

see my comments above. Kingturtle 03:16, 3 Jun 2005 (UTC)

The White House called it a war in Iraq, whereas Wikipedia calls it an invasion (2003 invasion of Iraq). Wikipedia is not bound by official government spin. Kingturtle 07:24, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)

The article uses the word 'war,' AND the neutrality of the article is disputed. Both invasion and war are correct terms as I am concerned. White House spin? Are you kidding? Or just retarded? Both terms are neutral. Anyway, getting back to the article in debate. How the hell do you know? Were you there? Did you throw the grenade? What gives you the knowledge to dispute those who do know? EVEN IF, they are not telling the entire truth. Their (accused) half-truth STILL gives more information than what you infer. Please, put your ego out of the way. The person throwing the grenade did not intend anything other than fear, and not to kill the U.S. President.

It was a LIVE GRENADE. it just didn't go off. Kingturtle 06:25, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I can see where Kingturtle is coming from here. Successful or not, likely to succeed or not, it was most likely an attempt to kill the president, and it was certainly unsuccessful. On the other hand, we don't know for sure that it was intended to kill the president. All we know is that an "inactive" grenade was found within 100 feet (30m) of where the president gave a speech the previous day. "Georgia's security chief said there was no chance that the Soviet-made RPG-5 hand grenade could have exploded and that the intention was probably to create public fear." [1] I'd say that without more information, the prudent thing would probably be to not list it as an assassination attempt. -- Plutor 19:06, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I totally agree with Kingturtle, if waving an unloaded gun is enough to make the list, so is throwing that grenade. demo 21:05, July 18, 2005 (UTC)
I re-added this. The incident was recently confirmed by Georgian authorities and the White house as an assassination attempt.--Pharos 20:25, 3 August 2005 (UTC)
After the latest news on this front, I agree. This definitely falls under the fuzzy definition of "assassination attempt". -- Plutor 18:52, 29 August 2005 (UTC)

Expanding the scope[edit]

Why don't we just make this List of U.S. Presidential assassination attempts and include blurbs about Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy. After all, which attempts were successful and which failed is largely a matter of historical accident, and it would be useful to have all incidents for comparison.--Pharos 00:23, 4 August 2005 (UTC)

I was going to complain that this would just be a merger with an article with a list of assassinations, but it turns out that such a list only exists in the PotUS article. I think this might be a good idea, as long as the list of events all stay roughly about the same length. We should link to the John F. Kennedy assassination, etc, articles for more details. -- Plutor 12:50, 4 August 2005 (UTC)
Congrats on the move and expansion. Lots of spelling and wikification mistakes, but that's okay. That's why Wiki is great. -- Plutor 13:50, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

Jonathan Gowan[edit]

While I was looking at this piece, I noticed how Jonathan Gowan was first. First of all, he isn't a president, unless they were talking about the assasin or the vice president. Second, I think we should combine all three into one Jonathan Gowan, although they were at different times. -F.T.

Who the hell was Jonathan Gowan? There never was a VP with that name. I looked him up here and on Google but didn't find anything relevent. Len

Attempt on Carter?[edit]

I've never heard about an attempt on President Carter's life, although John Hinckley was thinking about it before the 1980 election led him to change his target to Reagan. "Raymond Lee Harvey"? A little close to the name "Lee Harvey Oswald." Did this really happen, or is someone being a wiseguy? (Michael Pacholek, 6:43 PM EDT, May 30, 2006)

  • I've heard this before. But I can tell you that in 1980, some members of the Revolutionary Communist Party barged their way into the Democratic National Convention and tried to assassinate Carter there. DanTD 02:22, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

4 out of 15 chance[edit]

The article says 4 out of 15 attempts have been successful. So if someone were to try and kill the president, they have a 26 per-cent chance of succeding. By this logic if 10 ppl were to try on the presidents life they are almost guaranteed to suceed. 1 - ((11 / 15)^10) = 0.955020538 or a 95% chance of successs. DISCLAIMER:"I'm not suggesting or condoning anything"--God_of War 08:02, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

No, that would be presuming all the assasinations have been equally planned, equally thought out etc etc which is of course wrong. Some of the assassination attempts had a decent chance at being successul while others were just plain stupid. You can't really use percentages when it comes to situations like this because it has so many variables.

Where's Reagan?[edit]

Hi, I was just looking over this page to get the exact date of Mckinley's assassination and as I scrolled down out of curiousity and realized that Reagan did not make the list. I would attempt to fill in this information, but I am in the middle of doing a paper for school and also believe that someone else would do a much better job (seeing as how I have a tendency to write in run-on sentences)

Reagan's in the list. There's also a separate full article on the Reagan assassination attempt. -- Plutor talk 13:26, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Separated successful presidential assassinations[edit]

Given this list is likely to be of most interest for those presidents who were in fact assassinated, I have separated out and emphasised the four successfull assassinations. I think it makes the page a lot clearer and user firendly. WJBscribe 00:24, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Other attempts on Nixon, Carter & Clinton[edit]

I already mentioned the attempt by the Revolutionary Communist Party to kill Carter, but there are two others that haven't been covered.

  • In the early-1970's Richard Nixon was visiting Canada to sign some environmental agreement with Pierre Trudeau, when he face some demonstrators from a communist splinter group calling itself the "Movement for the National Liberation of Canada." Somebody tried to take a shot at him, and the RCMP took him out.
I haven't been able to find anything in Google about the "Movement for the National Liberation of Canada", nor anything about any assassination attempt in Canada. Do you have any sources, or further details that might be able to lead us to a source? -- Plutor talk 13:24, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
Here it is. [2] I also heard about this in a late-1980's PBS Documentary mini-series called "Canda: True North." DanTD 15:04, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Besides the attempted attack on Clinton by Francisco Martin Duran there was also that incident where somebody rammed a small plane into the White House in order to kill Clinton. Anybody else remember that? DanTD 11:59, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
That was Frank Eugene Corder, and according to his article, "friends claim he bore no ill will towards President Bill Clinton and likely only wanted the publicity of the stunt." His entry has been on this article off and on, it looks like, primarily because it's a challenge to determine when something becomes an actual "assassination attempt". Does Leland William Modjeski's jump over the White House fence with an unloaded gun count? -- Plutor talk 13:24, 28 November 2006 (UTC)
My mistake. DanTD 15:04, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

I seem to recall that there were at least one (maybe two) other incidents involving shootings at the White House during the Clinton years, one of which -- if memory serves -- was at night, and no-one was certain whether it was a deliberate attack, or wayward gunfire from another crime. I remember it being the subject of a Newsweek article in the Clinton years, and I may still have the article. Whether these would qualify, if deliberate intent is uncertain, though, seems iffy. Sacxpert 02:33, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Correction on Carter[edit]

I made a mistake. It wasn't the Revolutionary Communist Party that tried to assassinate Jimmy Carter. It was the Communist Worker's Party. Both are Maoists, so that's why I got them confused. DanTD 17:51, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

"Ambushed" the Blair House?[edit]

The description of the Truman assassination attempt says that the would-be assassins "ambushed the Blair House". Since "ambush" generally means a suprise attack perpetrated by people who had been lying in wait for someone to come along, it's kind of a baffling verb to use in regards to a building. Did they launch a frontal assault on the Blair House? Try to break in and find Truman inside? Or what? --Jfruh (talk) 02:13, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Harry S Truman, not Harry S. Truman[edit]

His middle name was simply "S," it stood for nothing. So it is improper to use a period after his middle name. Removed. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 04:23, 14 March 2007 (UTC).

Harry S. Truman signed his name with a period after the S even though his middle name was a single letter: [3] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:04, 13 March 2008 (UTC)


Was the 1994 White House plane crash really an assassination attempt? It sounds like it was just a guy wanting to kill himself in news-worthy fashion. -- TexasDawg 17:20, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Nixon is a bit of a stretch[edit]

The guy didn't even get the plane out of the airport, can this really count as an actual attempt? I am pretty sure if he survived the plane crash he would have been arrested for murdering the pilot, hijacking the plane, perhaps a weapons charge and at the very most threatening the life of the president. I mean there has to at least be some sort of near proximity to the target. The person doesn't necessarily need to get a shot off, or have a bullet in the chamber as Squeaky Fromm demonstrates in order to make an attempt, but crashing a plane that never even got close to the white house seems like a stretch. Just thought I would point out that this is the only website that lists the Nixon incident as an official attempt on the President's life. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jdlund (talkcontribs) 11:16, 3 May 2007 (UTC).

Byck came close enough to count for Sondheim, and that's good enough for me. Stationary (talk) 21:40, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

JFK Assassination[edit]

The section on the JFK assassination was quite poorly written, and given over the rambling about various conspiracy theories and incorrect information about the House Select Committee on Assassinations. I cleaned it up a bit, and shortened it. I believe I have improved it, and would welcome other similar improvements to build on what I have done. Enigma00 04:43, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

I'm still dissastisfied with the JFK section. The HSCA finding's have come under recent scrutiny (the sole evidence for the other shooter, and thus a conspiracy, a dictabelt recrording, has seriously come into question), but I'm not sure of a way to work this into the article properly cited. A mention of the public's dis-satisfaction with the Warren Commission's results, as well as the popular belief in some kind of conspiracy deserve to be noted, but to me the article still sounds a bit too non-POV, in favour of conspiracy theory. It needs to be made better and more neutral, but I don't think I'm the one to do it.Enigma00 05:24, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

I've changed the JFK section to omit the part were it claims that the conspiracy theory shown in JFK2 was fact. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:17, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

This shows why Wikipedia is a big crock of bullshit. The HSCA was any more interested in finding the truth about JFK's murder than the b.s. Warren Commission was. Anyone who has studied the case knows the truth about the conspiracy to murder JFK, carried out by the CIA. Read in particular John Armstrong's "Harvey and Lee: How the CIA framed Oswald" and Russ Baker's "Family of Secrets". But asking anyone at this intelligence operation known as Wikipedia to read something, let alone to tell the truth, is asking for the moon.

And while you're "cleaning up" (hiding the truth) how about figuring out on the Andrew Jackson section that you're describing two different kinds of firing mechanisms. First the pistols Lawrence used are described as "flintlocks", then there is talk of percussion caps. Make up your mind, which one is it? Or was that written by the idiot that refers to cartridges as "bullets"? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:17, 26 June 2011 (UTC)


The introductory paragraph says there've been 18 attempts on Presidents, yet I only count 17 on this page. What's the missing attempt? Or is the introductory paragraph mistaken? Nik42 19:25, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

There were two attempts at Ford, both are described under the same heading. Shall we split it? MaxSem 19:46, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
I did see those two attempts, which is why I counted 17 and not 16. There were four successful assassinations, and then 13 unsuccessful ones against 12 Presidents and former Presidents. Nik42 21:08, 23 June 2007 (UTC)


Wans't there an attempt on Bush when he was in Colombia, in 2003 or 2004?

Now that you mention it, I do seem to remember hearing something about Colombian authorities claiming they had broken up a plot to kill Pres. Bush on a visit to Colombia, but I don't remember any details. Break out the NYTimes and WPost archives. Sacxpert 02:29, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
Okay, I found some details. According to the Colombian Defense Minister, Jorge Uribe, the rebel group FARC ordered an assassination attempt against President Bush during his visit there. The attack would have been in Cartagena, Colombia on 22 November, 2004. A quote from the BBC article: "The Colombian authorities insisted that the attempt was thwarted by the heavy security net thrown up around the US president which, apart from his own secret service details, included 15,000 members of the Colombian security forces."[4] It thus sounds like this wouldn't qualify, because it was just a conspiracy, rather than an actual attack. Also, there does not appear to have been much follow-up in the news, so who can say how serious this plan was. Sacxpert 08:34, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Removing content[edit]

I disagree with Boo1210's removal of content from sections on attempts that have their own articles. Short summaries are needed anyway. Any thoughts? MaxSem 17:18, 8 November 2007 (UTC)


Cheney is not a president; why is he on this list? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Memprime (talkcontribs) 05:32, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Successful assassinations[edit]

I'm thinking of adding a sentence (or maybe two) for each of the "successful assassinations". It would be nice to be able to get the date and basic facts without going to another article. Objections?Originalname37 (talk) 17:03, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Ok. It's done.Originalname37 (talk) 18:49, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

George H.W. Bush[edit]

Seymour M. Hersh wrote in 1993 about a classified CIA study "that was highly skeptical of the Kuwaiti claims of an Iraqi assassination attempt". ("A Case Not Closed", 1993) [5] More recently, Michael Isikoff reported that U.S. officials studying captured Iraqi intelligence documents have found no evidence of a plot to assassinate George H.W. Bush. ("Saddam's Files", 2008) [6] Perhaps a short note of caution is warranted? smb (talk) 00:53, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

OBVIOUS White House geography error[edit]

It's sad how many comment on an article, pretending to be alert and thinking critics discussing prime points, while obvious factual error sits in the article. This is one of myriad examples.

Duran shot at the WH from Penn. Ave., the house's north side -- as accurately stated in the Duran article, but not this survey piece, which cites the shooting spot as "outside the south lawn."

Contradiction alone identifies error even to one knowing nothing about the White House area.

Wake up Wikis. Wiki does wonderful service for quick reference needs, and generally improves over time. But when such obvious errors long go uncorrected while other talk drones on -- along with omnipresent grammar errors, obtuse and nonsensical constructions, and the like -- credibility is undermined; and dreamed of academic citability (if that's a word) continues to elude. (talk) 11:14, 6 May 2008 (UTC)Mark Powell

Please feel free to fix this error in the article to help Wikipedia improve. --CapitalR (talk) 11:15, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Carter's first assassination attempt[edit]

Why is this in here? Unless someone sent the angry rabbit after Carter, its more a case of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bobbit bob (talk) 05:04, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Concur. Also note the frequency of people being reported killed by angry rabbits. (talk) 06:21, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

I agree. I removed the rabbit attack as an obvious prank entry.Harbinger08 (talk) 23:52, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Possible Bush assassination plot?[edit],2933,398403,00.html

According to this, police are investigating Collin Matthew McKenzie-Gude (18) who has apparently been stockpiling weapons, which include 4 assault rifles, 2 shotguns, and 1 handgun as well as ammunition for them. Police also found a Map of Camp David (the president's personal retreat) marked with the presidential motorcade route, a CIA ID and Geneva Convention ID, and "chemicals and components commonly used to manufacture homemade explosives."

Should conspiring be counted as an assassination attempt, or is this too ephemeral to be included in the article? Blatantlie (talk) 23:34, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

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Include presidential candidates?[edit]

What about adding (attempted) assassinations of presidential candidates to this article? (e.g. Robert F. Kennedy, George Wallace) - Jason A. Quest (talk) 12:23, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Maybe a new list would be in order, to cover future presidents and major presidential candidates killed or injured during attempts on their lives. That would encompass RFK, George Wallace, Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, Rutherford B. Hayes, and others. Of course, not many future presidents have been killed, as far as we know. (talk) 04:07, 3 May 2010 (UTC)


How about the arrested skin-heads ploying to kill Obama towards the end of his election campaign? BatteryIncluded (talk) 02:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

Oh yeah :S I don't know if thats counted as a assasination attempt, but still, its going to take me (or someone else) alot of info to dig up if it is. Armydude123 (talk) 00:37, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Could someone clarify for me why either of the Obamas are even mentioned in this article. This is supposed to be only about attempts that were actually made, and according to what we have on here nobody has actually drawn a gun on, thrown a grenade at, planted a car bomb near, or otherwise made any open attempt on his life. And why the mention of Michelle when she isn't even the president? (talk) 04:49, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

The article is about attempts and plots'. As for Michelle, I don't see a problem having plots against first ladies. Since there are so few examples, it doesn't make sense to make an article for List of United States first lady assassination attempts and plots. Kingturtle = (talk) 22:43, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

"has not been the target of an assassination attempt, there have been several alleged but undocumented assassination threats" - Are you kidding me? Firstly, this is about standing Presidents, not candidates... But worse, this sentence is so woolly as to sound ludicrous. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:47, 12 April 2011 (UTC) Assassination attempts are bullets flying at you, etc. None of these are legit attempts. They are "scares" as mentioned. The Secret Service is doing their job. Nothing should be listed under Obama.2601:1:A000:C2:DC9A:9423:1421:84A7 (talk) 04:25, 17 July 2013 (UTC)thiSguy

First why is there a separate page for assassination threats against president Obama, and second why are the threats/attempts listed there completely different from those listed here? Not a huge deal but still confusing. (talk) 05:38, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

Since Leaving Office?[edit]

I notice that in these lists they always refer to Presidents in Office, have their been any assination attempts on former Presidents? (talk) 16:52, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Theodore Roosevelt was shot in 1912, three years after he had left office in 1909. The Iraqi plot against George H.W. Bush was in April of 1993, three months after he left office.York1066 (talk) 21:52, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Difference between attempts and plots?[edit]

Isn't an actual attempt when someone actually tires to shoot/stab/blow up ect. the President? So Jackson, Truman, both attempts on Ford, Reagan, the October 1994 attempt on Clinton, and the second Bush attempt. I also do not have a problem with including the attempts on Theodore Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush after they left office, or the attempt on President-Elect Franklin Roosevelt. However, someone thinking about maybe attempting to shoot a gun at the President's motorcade, or thinking about blowing up the bomb they have does not constitute an attempt. This list has become populated with trivial events where the person did not even necessarily attempt to act on their thoughts, when possibly legitimate attempts have been ignored (Hoover's page states that there were at least 3 "attempts")York1066 (talk) 21:52, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

9/11 itself?[edit]

Specifically United Airlines Flight 93: doesn't the attempt to crash a passenger jet into the White House count as an assassination attempt? ciphergoth (talk) 14:15, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

No, because the President was in Florida and was wide spread knowledge. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:39, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually, that's not the reason. The hijackers on UA Flight 93 attempted to crash the plane into Capitol Hill. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself told this to Al-Jazeera before the CIA & ISI captured him. ----DanTD (talk) 00:01, 2 September 2010 (UTC)


Remove "List of" since this has many coherent paragraphs, not just a list. Proposed new title would be United States presidential assassination attempts and plots. Suomi Finland 2009 (talk) 02:23, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Most assassination attempts in a Western Country?[edit]

While the USA has not been around as along as other countries, like in Europe, have we had more assassination attempts than other countries? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:05, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

The nine presidents who were shot sometime in their lives[edit]

I requested a category: (talk) 15:16, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

Hrumph. They call it a "trivial intersection". Oh well. (talk) 00:04, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Section on President Obama[edit]

Not to diminish any threat to any President, but I'd like some opinions on whether or not the various "plots" to kill President Obama should be included in this article. The Secret Service has the authority to arrest anyone who threatens the President, but just because some fool shoots off his mouth and gets sent for a "psychological evaluation", without ever actually going anywhere to even attempt to carry out any actions, that falls a bit short of an "assassination attempt". Do any of these rise to a level to be included here, and do we need the detail, especially when you look at the lack of detail in other portions of the article. Seems like recentism to me, with maybe a bit of partisan pushing trying to make more of this than there is. Please comment Rapier (talk) 08:46, 7 November 2010 (UTC) +1 fully agree2601:1:A000:C2:DC9A:9423:1421:84A7 (talk) 04:27, 17 July 2013 (UTC)thiSguy

Obama Assassination attempts[edit]

Not to diminish any threat to any President, but I'd like some opinions on whether or not the various "plots" to kill President Obama should be included in this article. The Secret Service has the authority to arrest anyone who threatens the President, but just because some fool shoots off his mouth and gets sent for a "psychological evaluation", without ever actually going anywhere to even attempt to carry out any actions, that falls a bit short of an "assassination attempt". Do any of these rise to a level to be included here, and do we need the detail, especially when you look at the lack of detail in other portions of the article. Seems like recentism to me, with maybe a bit of partisan pushing trying to make more of this than there is. Please comment Rapier (talk) 04:41, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

  • Weak Oppose Inclusion - I haven't really read into this deeply, so I reserve the right to change my mind, but I'm guessing that is probably a case WP:RECENTISM. NickCT (talk) 13:08, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion - Every case for every other president (that I read) included at least a physical attempt, not just some idiot shooting his/her mouth off. Also, I found the multiple sub-sections exessive. I also found it an excessive example of recentism. Tobyc75 (talk) 18:39, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion - I don't think that an unbalanced person shooting off their mouth but demonstrating any planning constitutes a plot. Elmmapleoakpine (talk) 02:31, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose (at least for now). Far too recent to include, and unsubstantial intentions don't really merit inclusion, anyway. If further news develops, however, and it's substantial enough, then by all means include. --JeevanJones (talk) 09:23, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

I've removed the various sub-sections, but left the original starting paragraph. Information can be added if a future consensus determines it to be notable and relavent. Rapier (talk) 21:29, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Added main article for assassination attempts/plans toward Obama. ─ Matthewi (Talk) • 14:30, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Removed the one attempt listed on this page since there is a main article with several attempts. ─ Matthewi (Talk) • 14:38, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Longest Stretch[edit]

The section on the longest strech without shots fired claims that the second longest stretch is the 'current' one (without dating the statement even) since the attempt on Ronald Reagan. Which cannot be correct since there were shots fired on the White House during the George W. Bush Administration. Sejtam (talk) 02:14, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

I question whether this section is even needed. There are many paths to assassination, as the grenade thrown at Bush 43 and the suspected poisoning of Zachary Taylor prove. This seems like a rather pointless fact to include and I'd support its outright deletion. SeanNovack (talk) 20:24, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
I agree that it should be deleted as well, plus it is all unsourced. I am going to be bold and delete it now. Ryan Vesey Review me! 22:05, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Support deletion as pointless. Fat&Happy (talk) 00:46, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
With respect, it must be stated that you are misunderstanding the intent of this "longest stretch" section. If you will please read it again, this time more carefully, you should be able to see that it speaks strictly to periods during which no shots were fired DIRECTLY at the person of the current President or a President-elect or a former President. Therefore incidents in which shots were fired at the White House building itself would not count (as these did not involve direct attacks on the person himself). As one example, Obama was away in Hawaii and not even in Washington when the most recent shots were fired at the White House building. Other similar incidents of shots being fired at the building also did not directly endanger the life of the Presidential occupant on those occasions either. So the "longest stretch" only concerns itself with direct assaults on the person himself and only with shootings (not any other kind of attack) that clearly endangered the life of a president. The dates provided are all documented in the previous sections of this same Wikipedia article. All dates therefore are easily found within this same article and the matter of figuring out time lengths becomes an elementary one of mathematics that anyone can easily do. The "longest stretch" puts presidential assassinations and attempts into further perspective for the reader, lest he believe that presidential shooting incidents happen all the time in America. In seeing this from a time line perspective, the reader realizes that it actually has been quite a long time since the last presidential shooting attempt on the person of the President and that this current non-shooting period we're in right now actually ranks as one of the longest such periods. While this does not conveniently fit within the mindset of U.S.-detractors and others who would want you to believe that America is a lawless land where they kill their presidents every other week, it does provide something which is a primary objective of Wikipedia... facts and perspective. It is therefore not the least bit trivial but interesting and useful information for the reader. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:55, 30 November 2011 (UTC)
I think this is a great section to include! This gentleman who wrote it is not the only person who believes it is an appropriate section. I too believe it provides perspective, just as the gentleman stated. Sean, if you are going to make the claim that this is "inappropriate" then would you please explain why that is? Offer an intelligent reason rather than just simply say that it is "inappropriate." Are you capable of offering that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:33, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
The entire article is about trivia. But are you able to articulate why you find this section "pointless" when the gentleman already has adequately explained his point in writing it? If so, then please articulate it for us. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:39, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
The attempted justification for including the material is actually an excellent argument for removing it. No reliable sources have been provided to support the position that this trivia – unlike the well-documented "trivia" about real assassinations of presidents of the United States and attempts of others to do the same – is of any importance. Instead, an editor has engaged in original research and interpretation of multiple sources to include content with the express purpose of making a point of his/her own devising that is totally unrelated to the article and is not supported by any source. That's synthesis, and it's not allowed. On the other hand, as the deathwatch time frame is defined, if someone were to crash an airplane into the White House killing the president and the entire cabinet, the clock would keep ticking because no shots were fired. So yes, the entire section is unsourced and pointless trivia. Fat&Happy (talk) 06:17, 2 December 2011 (UTC)


A letter containing Ricin, like that sent to the senator from Mississippi, was sent to President Obama [7]. I haven't seen it explicitly referred to as an assassination attempt, but we might want to keep our eyes open. Ryan Vesey 23:16, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Assassination resulting in major policy changes[edit]

The article says "the assassination of the President is unlikely to result in major policy changes". Is that a known fact? If so then should there be a citation? It sounds like opinion to me. I could just as easily say that the threat of assassination could have a substantial influence on policy. Both are a matter of opinion. I thought that opinions are not appropriate for Wikipedia. Sam Tomato (talk) 18:29, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

George W. Bush September 11, 2001[edit]

I'm deleting this item. The most compelling assertion made in this paragraph is that Time Magazine says this was an assassination attempt. I read the time article, and it does not say anything at all about this incident. The other citations fail to establish the facts asserted by this item and are purely speculative.--Pas28 (talk) 03:11, 4 September 2013 (UTC)


Was President Lyndon Johnson never threatened at all? As far as I know, he was very unpopular during his hinal years in office. -- (talk) 22:14, 7 February 2014 (UTC)