Posuk in Tehillim Deemed as “Threat on Obama’s Life”


tehillim-psalmsDrew Zahn of WorldNetDaily reports: What started as an attempt to be “funny” has led to an investigation and suspension without pay for a Florida sheriff’s deputy who labeled a passage of Scripture as “the Obama prayer.”

Sgt. Matthew Neu of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office had left a Bible behind on a co-worker’s desk with a note designating Psalm 109 as “the Obama prayer,” according to an internal-affairs investigation reported by the Bradenton Herald.

Psalms 109:8 reads, “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.”

The co-worker, a sergeant who discovered the note, took offense when she learned the passage was not supportive of the president, fearing instead the prayer constituted a threat against Obama’s life.

According to the investigation report, after she read the psalm, “she thought whoever left it wanted Obama dead, that the supporting verses underneath verse 8, [which were] highlighted, confirm that.”

The psalm goes on to read, “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.”

Neu denied that he was threatening the president, telling investigators, “In hindsight maybe it was not the smart thing to do, you know, I should have been more careful where I left it, or whatever.”

Neu further told investigators that he had received “the Obama prayer” joke in an email and had passed it on, admitting, “he thought it was funny, even though maybe it was not in good taste.”

According to the Herald, the internal-affairs investigation uncovered a history of political attitudes and pranks around the office. Another sergeant reported Neu had said negative things about Obama during the election, and Neu reported his co-workers had swapped in a photo of Obama on his computer’s screensaver about the same time.

Neu reportedly told investigators of the Bible he left behind, “It’s not a threat on the president. It was a joke on the Internet that I just happened to circle and go through ’cause I was gonna show people. … There’s no racial hate or anything like that involved in it. Do I like Obama as a president? No.”

The Herald reports Neu was disciplined for violating sheriff’s office guidelines for conduct unbecoming.

Psalm 109 is a prayer of Dovid Hamelech describing about the “wicked and deceitful” who have falsely accused him “with words of hatred.” Dovid asks that the Ribono Shel Olam should punish the evildoers by making their days “few” and then cries out for deliverance.



  1. A yid must remember that Lev Melachim B’yad Hashem, and that for us, Hashem Elokeichem Malkichem. Our life is not affected by the president inasmuch as his decisions are controlled by above. None of us would have another dime in our pockets is a Republican would be in the White House. Our psak din on Rosh Hashana is not affected by the powers in the White House.

    And finally, it is our duty to pray for the welfare of the president and to afford him respect. This we see from Moshe’s interactions with Paroah. Just as Moshe treated him we respect we must also respect our leaders.

  2. The idea that he wants to call it “Obama’s prayer” only demonstrates that he wants his bigoted mind to be public. I dont think that praying the prayer with Mr. Obama in mind is going to make Ribbonu HaOlam more sympathetic to your bigoted cause or make you any more festooned with greatness in the eyes of America. Good luck on that.