Will Bob Brady’s anti-free speech bill effect the President?

Pennsylvania Congressman Bob Brady wants to introduce a bill that would disallow the use of certain words (such as “target” and “crosshairs”) in talking about Congressional races.  He says these could incite violence against members of Congress.  Of course, we know he is specifically referring to Sarah Palin’s use of crosshairs on a map of congressional races during the 2010 mid-terms.

The rhetoric is just ramped up so negatively, so high, that we have got to shut this down,” Brady said.

So, I’m wondering… does that effect the President of the United States?  Will Barack Obama be able to say things like “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” as he did in the 2008 campaign?  In that same statement, which incidentally was made to members of Brady’s district, Obama also said, “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl.”

If Jared Loughner had shot someone in Philly, would the left be saying the President should tone down his rhetoric and “hate speech?”

And remember the halloween display of Sarah Palin in a noose?