Shery Lanford Smith

*The Chair of the Sumter South Carolina Tea Party posted — and then quickly pulled — a post on her Facebook page earlier this month that joked about throwing the Obamas out of a helicopter, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.

Shery Lanford Smith posted the joke on her Facebook page on August 11th. The page has since gone “private.”

In the joke, the Obamas are on a helicopter talking about how they could make people happy if they threw money out the window. The pilot says: “I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!” Smith added: “If you’re one of 256 million, PASS IT ON.”

Smith reportedly pulled the joke after the Sumter Item contacted her about it. But here’s an earlier screenshot, via the Item:

“It’s just a joke,” she told the Item. “I had no idea it would be an issue.”

The Sumter SC Tea Party’s page is now also defunct