Among the top ten "hottest" posts on Reddit today is a headline claiming that " Obama Is the Most Threatened President In History," linking to a blog post on the ultra-liberal Daily Kos. That claim was made a few times in 2009, and by more credible sources than a Reddit headline, but is it true in 2012?
The short answer is, we don't know. The Secret Service has made no official statement since 2009. And in fact, it may never have been true that Obama received more threats than other White House occupants. The claim was refuted by the Secret Service Director when it was first made by the Boston Globe in 2009: He said that although Obama received a "large number" of threats, it wasn't out of line with threat statistics for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
There's been a spike in death threats against Obama in 2012, and in 2008, but apparently that's normal for an election year and George W. Bush was afflicted the same way.
So why are claims that Obama is more threatened than others so widely believed by some on the left? It may be that his supporters simply notice threats to Obama more than they noticed threats to Bush.
Via Reddit, the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and TPM.