Many called for apologies, including Georgia Democratic Party spokesman Michael Smith, who issued this scathing statement:
"Earlier this week, we learned that Senator Perdue didn't have the constitution to take a stand against Donald Trump's racist remarks. Now, we're getting a clearer picture of the kind of petty, vile politician he really his. Joking about the death of the President of the United States is contemptible and beneath the office of a United States Senator. Senator Perdue should apologize immediately—not only to President Obama, but to the people of Georgia. These comments have brought shame upon our state, and certainly do not reflect our values."
Caroline Vanvick, a spokeswoman for Perdue, sent out the following response:
"Senator Perdue said we are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and for our president. He in no way wishes harm towards our president and everyone in the room understood that. However, we should add the media to our prayer list because they are pushing a narrative to create controversy and that is exactly what the American people are tired of."
Perdue is not the first to evoke that very psalm while discussing Obama. The Christian Science Monitor
wrote about it in 2009