Much talk and thought has been given to the prospect of a Presidential assassination given the historic nature of our President elect. The obvious fear being that because of Barack Obama's race he may be targeted by some navel gazing white supremacist group or individual. Personally I'd dismissed this possibility as marginal at best, concluding in a manner of conjecture that: First, the Secret Service specializes in security redundancy; Second the potential threats, either group or individual, are a bit low brow to overcome the effectiveness of Presidential security.
A hypothesis ramified by the fact that the outgoing President is and has been the least popular in history for quite some time and yet, thankfully, no assassination attempt to my knowledge.
And then I read Crooked Timbers statistical assessment of occupational hazards. When measured in deaths per 100,000 workers/years the position of the Presidency is dangerous whatever the social circumstances. To wit:
President, USA - 2283A fascinating bit of data accompanied by a fascinating written account. Give it a read.
Pope – 2126
Hezbollah, active member – 1000-2000
Prime Minister, UK - 937
Monarch, England/UK – 912
Monarch, France – 890
Soldier, Iraqi Army – 800
Soldier, US Army (while in Iraq, March 2003-March 2006) – 392
Fisherman, Pacific Northwest crab fishing – c400
Timber-cutter – 117
Fisherman, overall – 85
Soldier, US Army – c80