Herald and Weekly Times
November 6, 2008
He has already been the target of two assassination plots and delivered a victory speech from behind bulletproof glass.
Although US President-elect Barack Obama will not take office until January, he will be guarded as he prepares to move into the White House.
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In May 2007, fears for his life lead to him being the most heavily-guarded US presidential candidate ever, when he was placed under Secret Service guard.
The potential threats against him are numerous and are likely to come from hate groups, or any number of organisations in and outside the US.
Accordingly, Senator Obama’s closest relatives will also be affected. Family outings will be cut out and his daughters will receive protection on their way to and from school.
Already, there is speculation that Senator Obama might not live to see out his term – just hours after his victory, the term “Obama assassination” appeared on the top 100 Google search terms.
In a video shot before the outcome of the election was known, the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Thomas Robb, predicted “there may be a backlash” if Senator Obama won the presidential race.