Hecklers Ruin Obama Fundraiser Speech
Somehow President Obama is not as eloquent as usual when he's delivering a speech at a fundraiser. It could be because he's just there to get people to give candidates money. Or it could be because people show up to yell at him, and keep yelling at him when he's trying to speak.
President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military.
Activists yelled slogans and held signs aloft reading "Obama broken promises KILL." Supporters of the president tried to drown them out with shouts of "O-bam-a! O-bam-a!"
The hecklers were so raucous Obama went off-script several times to address them, insisting he's increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He told them to go shout at Republicans, noting that a vote on repealing "don't ask, don't tell" failed this week in the Senate, with Republicans united in opposition.
So, crazy people who want to yell things in dialogue with the president, just spend $100 to come see him speak at a fundraiser. Works every time.
Obama had just finished saying it's "nice just to stop by and see some friends" when the shouting began.
Lolz. Yeah, Democrats aren't that pumped this year, so they're not going to political fundraisers. Political fundraisers are now for this sort of thing. It's all very presidential. Has Obama ever sighed? He's learning how to sigh. [AP]