Man Kills Himself Over Obama Win -- But There's More to the Story

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The presidential election has been fraught with high emotion. There are people who are ecstatic that Obama won. There are people who are despondent. So despondent that they run over a spouse who didn't vote. And now comes a story of a man who was so upset over Obama's victory that he reportedly took his life. A man in Key West, Henry Hamilton, had already threatened before the election that if Obama won, he "was not going to be around." He made good on his threat, taking an overdose of prescription meds and, for good measure, scrawling "F--- Obama!" on his will. But there's more to this than a sore loser. Let's look closer.

Hamilton owned a tanning salon business that had recently closed. But instead of chalking this up to the fact that maybe people in Florida have enough sun and don't need a fake tan, or perhaps that people are tanning less in general, or perhaps that tanning salons have been linked to cancer, he blames Obama.

Additionally, reportedly bottles of the anti-anxiety med Xanax and the schizophrenia med Seroquel were found on the scene. So ... there's that.

Hamilton was found when a friend became concerned about not hearing from him and police came to his condo -- the same condo he shared with his partner, Michael Cossey. Cossey was at the condo, but hadn't seen his partner the night before because he'd been out. When he came home, he fell asleep on the couch and didn't notice that his partner was dead in the bedroom. Could there have been some trouble in the relationship that was also stressing Hamilton out?

It's interesting that he was living with a man. Reports don't identify his sexual orientation, but do refer to Cossey as his "partner." Since Obama is certainly more the party of gay rights than Romney was, his hatred of Obama is a little perplexing. But I don't think this guy was thinking very clearly -- I mean, Obama is going to be president whether he's around or not.

I know what it's like to be upset over the president in office. I lived through eight years of Dubya. Somehow I managed not to kill myself or anyone else. There's no doubt the country is struggling -- but a lot of countries are right now. America is actually in better shape than most.

If you're truly concerned about where the country is headed, run for local office, or support politicians you believe in. Or just try to help out your fellow man, like what people are doing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Anything but off yourself or someone else -- or sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Maybe go live in a third world country or real oppressive regime for awhile. You'll appreciate America when you get back. Trust me.

Have you felt despondent over the election?


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bills... billsfan1104

Enough with these articles. Stop being fricking condescending too. You are no worse than the people who are using racial slurs.

dirti... dirtiekittie

at least he only took himself and no one else with him. if someone really thinks that a permanent answer works for a temporary solution, then that's on them.

quinn007 quinn007

I don't think his view of Obama was perplexing at all.  Maybe gay rights wasn't the most important issue in his life.  Maybe he wasn't a one issue voter and prefered to look at all the issues and vote for the candidate who felt the same as he did on most things, not just one thing.  He was a businessowner so quite possibly he was more concerned at the moment about the future of his company than anything else.  It is however sad that this was the choice he made when so much more progress and change can be made when you participate in the process. 

bills... billsfan1104

What is sad is that this author has made light of the suicide and made fun of this guy. At least that is how I am taking it.

puasa... puasaurusrex

Wow. The tone of this article is absolutely disgusting. A man is dead. Jesus, pull your head out of your ass.

puasa... puasaurusrex

Billsfan, I took it the same way. After I posted my last comment, went back to see who the blogger was and sure enough. It's Kiri Blakely. Go figure. Her "articles" always leave a bad taste in mg mouth.


I don't know why you are questioning the state of their relationship because he went out alone and went to the sofa instead of the bedroom when he came home. I know many a straight couple who do this,and it's no biggie.Maybe he was a hard core member of Log Cabin and maybe the partner needed some alone time what with living with someone who clearly had some mental issues.I'm sure his partner loved him and he is most likely beating himself up over the fact he didn't go into the bedroom.And I find it a lousy "fuck you" gesture to his partner to do this in their bed.

nonmember avatar Emily

I just wanted to clarify that Seroquel is not necessarily a schizophrenia medication. I use it for bipolar disorder, and they give it to elderly people, as it is an anti-psychotic. Please don't perpetuate the stigma of mental illness.

nonmember avatar Jenna

Blaming others for your problems is not the way to live life. I used to throw myself pity parties after I broke up with my abusive ex and blamed him for all the wrong that happened in my life afterward. But I realized that if I blamed him for the mistakes I made AFTER I left him, I would be no different them him for he blamed me for his life problems LONG before I came into the picture.

nonmember avatar Theresa

If he intentionally killed himself because Obama won, I have zero sympathy for this loser. As if taking your own life wasn't selfish and irrational enough, he did it because he hated a person he's never met? This country has enough hateful headcases. One less is actually our gain.

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