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Ted Nugent: Obama Comments Were Metaphors, Not Threats

04/19/12 07:37 PM ET AP

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Ted Nugent is walking back his comments about Obama.

WASHINGTON — After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over.

Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." He also said he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected.

That drew the attention of the Secret Service. Nugent said he discussed the matter with two agents on Thursday while in Oklahoma.

"The issue has been resolved," agency spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. "The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."

In a statement on his website, Nugent called it a "good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone."

"The meeting could not have gone better," he said. "I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be."

Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some perceived to be threats against Obama and that he didn't threaten anyone's life or advocate violence.

"Metaphors needn't be explained to educated people," he said.

PHOTOS of Ted Nugent:
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  • Palin Joins Rally For WV Republican Candidate For Senate John Raese

    CHARLESTON, WV - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Musician Ted Nugent laughs with former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin during a rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Raese October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Raese and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, are embroiled in a hotly-contested race for the seat vacated following the death of Robert C. Byrd. (Photo by Randy Snyder/Getty Images)

  • Palin Joins Rally For WV Republican Candidate For Senate John Raese

    CHARLESTON, WV - OCTOBER 30: Republican John Raese (L) listens as musician Ted Nugent plays the national anthem during a rally for Raese's U.S. Senate campaign October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Raese and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, are embroiled in a hotly-contested race for the seat vacated following the death of Robert C. Byrd. (Photo by Randy Snyder/Getty Images)

  • Palin Joins Rally For WV Republican Candidate For Senate John Raese

    CHARLESTON, WV - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Republican John Raese is joined by former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, musician Ted Nugent, and Raese's wife Elizabeth Raese during a rally for his U.S. Senate campaign October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Raese and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, are embroiled in a hotly-contested race for the seat vacated following the death of Robert C. Byrd. (Photo by Randy Snyder/Getty Images)

  • The 2010 NAMM Show - Day 3

    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 16: Musician Ted Nugent attends the 2010 NAMM Show - Day 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 16, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM)

  • The 2010 NAMM Show - Day 2

    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 15: Musician Ted Nugent attends the 2010 NAMM Show - Day 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 15, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM)

  • The 2010 NAMM Show - Day 2

    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 15: Musician Ted Nugent attends the 2010 NAMM Show - Day 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 15, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM)

  • Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys - Wild Card Round

    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Musician Ted Nugent reacts before playing the national anthem for the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys - Wild Card Round

    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Musician Ted Nugent performs the national anthem before the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

  • 2009 CMT Music Awards - Arrivals

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Musician Ted Nugent (L) and wife Shemane Nugent attend the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • 2009 CMT Music Awards - Backstage And Audience

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: (L-R) Musicians Alison Krauss and Ted Nugent attend the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

  • Ted Nugent Inducted Into The National Bowhunters Hall Of Fame

    LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 06: Music artist Ted Nugent appears after being inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame during the National Field Archery Association's World Archery Festival at the Riviera Hotel & Casino February 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nugent was inducted in the Excellence in Bowhunting and Literary Excellence categories. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)



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