SABATTUS, Maine — David Marsters said Tuesday night that the wording of his Facebook post was a mistake, but he defended it, anyway.

“(The Secret Service) didn’t see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters said. “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”

He added, “I didn’t say I was going to shoot the president, or kill — shoot the n*****. Shoot the n***** — that’s what I said.”

He insisted no threat was made because he didn’t say he or anyone else was going to do it.

“I’m pissed off at the system, OK,” he said in an interview at his house Tuesday night. “We’re about to lose our benefits because of this ass****.”

Marsters said his wife, Mary, had been in and out of the hospital recently and if they lose spousal benefits, something he fears Obama will suspend, his wife will die.

He said in retrospect that he should have chosen his words more carefully, adding, “I’m a forward man. I say what I mean.”

He said his comments would have been no different had the president been Mitt Romney. “I would say, ‘Shoot the n*****, because white people are n******, too.” He said where he comes from (Massachusetts) black people call white people by the same slur.

“I fought 30 years for this f*****’ country,” he said “I’m not gonna let him take it away!”

Marsters commented on Facebook that “(Obama) is not a legal president.” Marsters was adamant that Obama’s birth certificate was a fraud.

“They’ve shown us how it’s done,” he said. “It’s all done in layers on computers. How come nobody from his school’s come forward to say, ‘Oh, I know him.’ How come people from his family never say, ‘I know him. I went to his wedding; I was his best man?”

Nobody’s saying, ‘I’m a friend of his.’”

Marsters believes Obama was placed in power by people Marsters wouldn’t name.

“I apologize for what I said; that’s all I can say,” Marsters said. “I did it out of frustration against the man.”

Marsters believes like-minded people might emerge to show their support for his run for selectman.

“People of Sabattus, they’re all fond of the gun law and they’re all against Obama,” he said. “Obama’s made many mistakes. Can’t I make a mistake?”