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Heckler brings Obama speech to a halt
President Obama’s speech on resetting the war on terror ground to a halt halfway through when an anti-Gitmo heckler repeatedly interrupted.
The president, ironically, was in the midst of calling again for closing the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba when the heckler, Code Pink leader Medea Benjamin according to those tweeting live from the address at the National Defense University, began shouting.
Initially, the president said he was willing to “cut her some slack because this is something worth being passionate about.”
But after repeated interruptions, Mr. Obama was less understanding.
“Part of free speech is you being able to speak, but also me being able to speak and you listening,” he said.
The National Defense University is a military and diplomacy school operated by the Defense Department in Washington.
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