Heckler Gives Obama Grief
Code Pink founder interrupts, but president willing to cut her 'some slack'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2013 3:28 PM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama had some trouble wrapping up his policy speech today thanks to repeated heckling from the founder of activist group Code Pink, reports NBC News. As Obama was talking about Guantanamo Bay, Medea Benjamin began shouting criticism of US policy. “I'm about to address it ma'am, but you've got to let me speak,” Obama said. Security removed Benjamin when she wouldn't relent. "I'm willing to cut the young lady who interrupted me some slack because it's worth being passionate about," said Obama, according to Yahoo News. “The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to," he added. "Obviously I do not agree with much of what she said. And obviously she wasn’t listening to me and much of what I said. But these are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong.”

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lvan
May 24, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Oh! There is a cut! Need full version. Ever the politician. Very slick. Can't really accuse him for rewarding bad behavior or silencing free speech. Nicely done!
HD3822
May 24, 2013 6:44 AM CDT
Hope she paid her taxes, and drops off the grid. Her yard Gnome now has a microphone crammed up his butt and someone is listening while she trims the Roses ... Ha. And that "Bird" dropping the strange object .... That is a Drone firing a Hellfire missle. Pop, flares and RUN FOREST
GaryUSA
May 23, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
It's surprising that someone as smart as Obama could be repeatedly distracted by a heckler like that. He had the microphone, and should have drowned her out/talked above her after the first interruption.