SRS official tweets about protesting Obama as he makes address in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An official from a Kansas social services agency says a tweet by the department's ombudsman that suggested protesting President Barack Obama's visit was meant as a joke.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that Melissa Ward, an ombudsman for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, used Twitter to ask her 680 followers about protesting the speech.

The tweet was posted Friday on Ward's personal account but removed Saturday.

An SRS spokeswoman said Monday that the posting was meant as a joke. Ward was working Tuesday in Topeka when Obama was speaking in Osawatomie.

Recently, Gov. Sam Brownback apologized for how his staff reacted to a tweet posted by a Johnson County high school student who made disparaging comments about the Republican governor.