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Obama takes heckler's shouting in stride

Obama Takes Heckler's Shouting In Stride


President Obama showed he kills them with kindness when a heckler interrupted the end of his speech in San Jose, Cali., Thursday night.

"I want to hear it from you. I love you back! ... You kind of screwed up my ending there, but that's all right. And we've got free speech in this country, which is great too," Obama said in response to the man in the audience.

But allegedly, there was a reason for the shouting. USA Today reports this protester's unique cry wasn't about gay marriage or climate change... but Ethiopia.

The paper says the man, "appeared to be supportive of Obama and handed out a letter he said he sent to the president about helping 'the oppressed people of Ethiopia.' In the letter, the man described himself as 'an exiled journalist and freedom activist trying to raise the voices' of the people of Ethiopia."

The speaking event was the fourth and final Democratic fundraiser scheduled in California this week. The president had traveled to San Jose to meet with some of the biggest names in tech, such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Y Combinator President Sam Altman.

Its reported guests, including the heckler, paid between $1,000 and $32,400 for a seat... and maybe a shout, too. Even though only one heckler forked over the money to get inside, KRXI reports the president was met by protesters waiting at the door.

"Several dozen protesters demonstrated outside the president's fundraiser last night at the San Jose Fairmont hotel. They want President Obama to reject the keystone pipeline which would carry crude oil from Canada to the US."

According to White House transcripts, Obama did not touch on the pipeline issue, but told the audience the majority of Americans support the direction Democrats want to take the country. This includes raising the minimum wage and making sure women receive equal pay.

However, the Commander-in-Chief stressed his party is losing faith because of Washington gridlock from across the aisle.

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Frankie May 10 2014 at 2:33 AM

Republicans = NO ideas, ZERO IQ's.

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oscararriaga1 May 10 2014 at 12:14 AM

B.S what has he done and tell me it help the country.and explain how his action's help this country.

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songbirdgray May 09 2014 at 11:52 PM

IT'S A WONDER HE DIDN'T SAY "HOW DARE YOU INTERRUPT THE KING" HE HAS SCREWED U[P EVERYTHING, FROM BEGINNING TO THE END! THERE'S PLENTY OF MORE SCREWING UP TO COME BRACE YOUR SELF!

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john wesley May 09 2014 at 11:51 PM

Sounds like we have a few DumbocRATS on this site...

First Off to be a Racist means that you feel one race is superior than another.

Not that you hate someone because of the color of there Skin

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Gary May 09 2014 at 11:51 PM

"I want to hear it from you. I love you back! ... You kind of screwed up my ending there, but that's all right. And we've got free speech in this country, which is great too," Obama said in response to the man in the audience.........Has anyone mentioned this to Donald Sterling????

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Jack May 09 2014 at 11:46 PM

obama is a liar fraud and the majority of Americans believe he is a FRAUD

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kwbaraka Jack May 10 2014 at 12:43 AM

Which is exactly why he got elected......and reelected, huh? Because the majority of Americans believe he's a fraud.

Seriously Jack......you make less sense than a person with a '60' IQ.

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sindfetish May 09 2014 at 11:25 PM

Respect and consideration, whether you agree with the person or not, needs to be taught again.

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ramonbatt sindfetish May 09 2014 at 11:49 PM

Really? You mean like North Korea? I respect Obama as a family man a husband to his wife. I don't like his leadership. I can prove 100% my point. I have posted or try comments where I call him very educated however not smart. Meaning stupid. Hey" if we don't speak up? I blame you too! That comes with the job. He has a job.

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RavenLadyONE sindfetish May 10 2014 at 12:27 AM

I neither respect, admire or like this FAILED MUSLIM MORON!

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lbondarme RavenLadyONE May 10 2014 at 1:27 AM

What a fool you are. The Rep are counting on folks like you to win the election in 2016. Congress wants to pee down your back and tell you its raining and you will beleive it. What an A**

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thomashollman19 May 09 2014 at 11:11 PM

HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED PREVENTING HIS NOSE FROM GROWING WHEN LYING BUT NOW IS WORKING ON THE EARS

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ramonbatt thomashollman19 May 10 2014 at 12:01 AM

Agree.

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EMIL MARTINEZ May 09 2014 at 11:05 PM

HATERS,,, ? REALLY? how about we pay attention to the video ans see why it was edited? can we do that? what happens now a days any comment or any insinuation anyone makes it comes accross as Racist, Haters, Discriminating, So no one can Voice their opinion anymore without being one of this things,, so,,, if you don't like something or someone,, you can't say it,, your opinion comes accross as a remark for someone or something,,,, what the heck is going on?? so I don't like Hamburgers, WHAT you hate beef? I don't like the president,,, YOUR Racist, I hate traffic,,, WHAT YOU HATE PEOPLE??? Gimmie a freaking break peeps,,,,,,,,

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roarner EMIL MARTINEZ May 09 2014 at 11:15 PM

Don't you know that liberals always make themselves the victims, when in actuality they are the victimizers, who don't practice what they preach.

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ramonbatt roarner May 10 2014 at 12:03 AM

Very true!

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Twisted May 09 2014 at 11:03 PM

Never mind Obama is trying to silence all of the people who disagree with him.. Wise up, Hope and Change was more of the same and transparency is pure bull..

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ulldnn Twisted May 09 2014 at 11:27 PM

Oh go crawl under a rock your title fits you

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EfinTwistedT ulldnn May 10 2014 at 12:49 AM

o.O

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