A Colorado state senator is at the eye of a storm of criticism for a tweet that critics say likened President Obama to the 9/11 hijackers—and urged violent action. “Don't for a second think Obama wants what is best for US,” David Schultheis tweeted. “He is flying the US plane right into the ground at full speed. Let's roll." “Let’s roll” were the reportedly the last words of Todd Beamer, the United Flight 93 passenger who led the uprising against the 9/11 hijackers.
Numerous Colorado politicians demanded a retraction, with the Senate president calling the comment "appalling." Schultheis insists he meant only to criticize Obama's fiscal policy: "'Let's roll.' It's a comment people use all the time. 'Let's get going. Let's move on. Let's make major changes,' " Schultheis said. "I can see it now. But you're busy doing jillions of things during the day. You sometimes don't analyze every single word."