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Eric - seven eleven
Obama Immigration Speech: Reporter Interrupts, Heckles President During Remarks (VIDEO) -
June 15, 2012
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During his remarks, Obama suddenly addressed a person in the crowd, telling him that he was not yet taking questions. "Excuse me, sir, it's not time for questions, sir," Obama said. "Not while I'm speaking." At the end of his speech, Obama referred back to the person who interrupted him. "And the answer to your question is sir, and the next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question, is this is the right thing to do for the American people...I didn't ask for an argument. I'm answering your question," he said, speaking over Munro's protests. "It is the right thing to do for the American people." The camera flashed to a man in a suit wearing sunglasses. ABC's Diane Sawyer, who was anchoring the network's breaking news coverage with George Stephanopoulos, described the man who interrupted Obama as "clearly considered a heckler." Former George W. Bush spokesman Tony Fratto tweeted, "Reporters don't interrupt presidential statements. Period. @NeilMunroDC should be banned from WH.
Eric - seven eleven
Ugh, Tucker Carlson's peeps. I can only imagine the rageface he'd have if someone interrupted a speech he was giving to ask questions. I'm all for reporters pressing the President (and any other elected official) on their positions, but it generally helps to let them finish giving those positions first. -
It's a clear breach of decorum. White House reporters ought to be critical of the president and aggressive about getting answers, but they should also follow basic etiquette. That includes letting someone finish a speech before asking questions about it. When you're shouting questions or comments before it's finished, it's clear that you're not listening and just trying to create a disruption. -
John (bird whisperer)
I agree. I wonder if he will have a Q&A session later, which I assume he will. I know that I have a few questions, as many others do. -
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