President Barack Obama responded to a disgruntled heckler during a national speech earlier today (May 23, 2013).
The POTUS was repeatedly interrupted by the heckler, whose taunts slowed the delivery of a major national security speech in the Washington, D.C. area.
The unidentified heckler began shouting at the president toward the tail end of his highly-anticipated address, when he touched upon U.S. policy toward detainees suspected of terrorist acts.
Obama was forced to pause three separate times and talk over the protester, interrupting the flow of the closing section of the speech at National Defense University.
“I’m about to address it ma’am, but you’ve got to let me speak,” Obama scolded the woman. “Why don’t you sit down and let me tell you exactly what I’d do.”
“Ma’am, let me finish. Let me finish ma’am,” said Obama. “This is part of free speech is you being able to speak but also you listening?
And me being able to speak. All right?”
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