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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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jcbstz May 09 2014 at 3:46 PM

Obama has so many hecklers that it's become a natural event

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mrjoeped jcbstz May 09 2014 at 4:21 PM

Not like George W, right? Everyone loved and respected him. Well except that guy who threw the shoe at him.

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fernandezarthr May 09 2014 at 3:46 PM

.....Obama is Fair Game just like the Rest of the Politicians in the US and the World,.....some how people think is a Sin to Heckle the "Coconut" head or the "witch" Clinton,......I say to Hell with Both!!!........Great Job Heckler!,.....Keep Up the Good Work!!,.....Should had thrown a size 12 while at It!!!,...jajajajajajajaja......

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PlotkinUSA fernandezarthr May 09 2014 at 4:04 PM


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mrjoeped fernandezarthr May 09 2014 at 4:21 PM

What size was the one thrown at Bush? Same size as the foot in your mouth?

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pungo52 May 09 2014 at 3:46 PM

just what we need! pour money into africa! Forget about us! Gas is $3.50 a gal, food going up, housing maket in shambles! my Social security went up $25.00 a month! What a joke this country is turning into!

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mrjoeped pungo52 May 09 2014 at 4:43 PM

The price of oil is set internationally. Food hasn't gone up much in the last ten years. OK, you only got a twenty-five dollar bump in SS while you're feeding at the public trough; tell us about the rest of your income. The housing market has come roaring back and is now considered a seller's market. Why didn't you bring up Benghazi like the rest of the wing nuts? You holding back?

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jrwolfman1 May 09 2014 at 3:44 PM

He'll probably give then 10 trillion dollars, hell everyone else is getting it. Money does grow on trees, right?

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TheQuietMan333 May 09 2014 at 3:43 PM

Where in the heck do the Libs see "charisma" and "class" and "integrity" in this moron named Obama? Republicans jealous of him????? You have to be kidding. He's an arrogant, self-serving politician--no more, no less. He's no hero. He's no George Washington. He's no Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy or Abe Lincoln. But as far as better-than-thou, nope, he's no CERTAINLY no messiah.

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Alan May 09 2014 at 3:42 PM

Democrats pledge for 2014 elections: #1. Cry racism as often as possible #2. Diversion diversion, diversion--for every cry against IRS,NSA, Benghazi, Syria, Iran---shout Climate Change, Redistribution of wealth, Bad Big Business, anything to change the subject. Chicago Politics

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kmcewan007 May 09 2014 at 3:38 PM


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spdy65 May 09 2014 at 3:38 PM

Politically motivated issues-raising the minimum wage and equal pay-which both have merit, but it's just a ploy to gain votes. This administration has learned to "tell the people what they want to hear and they will vote our way." Well, some people anyway. Like the Hispanic population that fell for that line not once but twice, duh. I give the president credit for doing the best he can. It's just in my opinion his best is sub standard. But please ignore the heckler's plea for Ethipoia and for once use my money to help those in THIS country. Yeah, I know it's a stretch.

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marjenbo May 09 2014 at 3:37 PM

He exudes charisma, class & integrity.
It's no wonder Republicans are so jealous of him. They can't compete!

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avemariateacher May 09 2014 at 3:32 PM

Hey Obama, You definitely screwed up our country! Justice will come and when you are revealed by the light of truth the people will be very angry for all you have done to us!

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