President gets the better of a heckler


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President gets the better of a heckler

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED May 9, 2014

Just as he was wrapping up a speech to the Democratic National Committee in San Jose, Calif., Thursday night, President Obama was interrupted by a loud heckler who wouldn’t be ignored.

As USA Today reports, a man in the audience shouted "President Obama! Freedom for Ethiopia! Freedom! Freedom for Ethiopia, sir!"
"Hold on," Obama replied. "I agree with you, although why don't I talk about it later because I'm just about to finish?"
After a few more seconds of their back-and-forth exchange, during which Obama told the man “I love you back,” the president ended by gently chastising the man, saying, “You kind of screwed up my ending, but that's OK ... We've got free speech in this country, which is great, too."
According to USA Today, “The man, who did not identify himself to reporters, 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.”
Watch the heckling incident unfold above.
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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.