May 26th, 2010
08:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama heckled in California

San Francisco, California (CNN) - An unidentified heckler interrupted President Obama's fundraising speech Tuesday night by calling for the administration to move faster on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.






The unidentified man shouted during Obama's speech, causing the president to pause and chide him.

"Maybe he didn't read the newspapers, because we're working with Congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell,' " Obama said at the event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California.

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Filed under: 2010 • Barbara Boxer • California • Don't Ask Don't Tell • President Obama
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Obviously the heckler doesn't follow the news. Or maybe he just watches Fox and listens to Rush.

    May 26, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. Kem

    i have lost all respect for this network . look at these headlines I mean where to you get off saying that republicans blasted the president? He's the president for petes sake! spineless grunt republicans dont have a voice loud enough to " BLAST" our president. And the Obama heckled storty... Please... one numbskull who doesnt read the newspaper or look at the news shouted something about dont ask dont tell and you make seem like rebels are about to take over the country. No wonder your ratings are down the toilet.

    May 26, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. BigGrant

    Typical Barack Obama, "I'm dealing with Congress"....meaning he deals with his Democrat Liberal Out-of-touch Buddies and doesn't care about the rest of the country.

    May 26, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama has such a tremendous amount of class which will continue to serve him well not just in dealing with so-called hecklers (that guy wasn't a heckler, he just spoke out of turn. Jow Wilson was a heckler) but also with our domestic Taliban, the GOP.

    I was mildy amused yesterday when I heard a GOP Senator refer to our President's "audacity". Newsflash: the President was not being audacious, he was simply being the President. These GOP senators STILL can't stomach the fact that, yes, this man is our DULY ELECTED President, and there is nothing that you can do about that. You don't tell the President to meet you in the middle when the WHOLE WORLD has seen the innumerable efforts of his behalf to work with you or at least draw you into the process.

    I am so disgusted and quite frankly shell -shocked at the unmitigated, and blatant display of disrespect, and lack of cooperation that GOPers in government continue to exhibit not only towards our President, but our country, that oftentimes I can't even comment on some of these stories.

    HOWEVER, I CAN AND WILL VOTE!

    Obama 2012!

    May 26, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. But why is Obama AGAINST gay marriage.....

    "DADT" is just a tid bit....gay marriage is the real issue.....and Obama says NO, NO. NO. Is this the change you voted for?

    May 26, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The problem is, Gates is GOP and doesn't like gays.....so that is a major stumbling block in getting human rights in the military.

    Obama knows that, as well as I do. he doesn't want to have Gates resign, and he doesn't want to keep "don't ask, don't tell", so he has a problem.

    May 26, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Some people just have no manners!!

    May 26, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Lori in St Pete

    The rethugliban will of course call President Obama's reply to the heckler inappropriate. However, my experiences in dealing with spoiled, petulent children and the mentally ill have taught me that sometimes the best thing to do is put them in their place the way the President did. They might whine about how mean you were for pointing out their wrongness, but if the truth hurts them that much, that's their problem.

    May 26, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Isn't this one of those issues that can be done by executive order?
    Not that I would suggest that in an election year, but where is the bill on this?
    Congress- WE'RE ASKING – TELL US – When will this bill be put forth repaeling this ridiculous law?

    May 26, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Adalbert

    As good as this President is, he can not do everything that everyone wants when the republicans are not willing to cooperate at all.

    May 26, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    "I'm dealing with Congress here"

    It's always eveyone else's fault. This guy is such a wimp. Why not issue an executive order like you did to close Guantanamo....oh wait.

    May 26, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Obama is the President of excuses. He seems to always be working with Congress but nothing gets done. He never takes the blame, it's always someone else's fault, never his. I cannot wait until he out of office.

    May 26, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. stephen pagnozzi

    All I can say, is that while he's president, I'm just enjoying watching this man work. He's the most conciencious President we've had in a loooonnnnggg time! He handles himself with class when idiots have nothing better to do than to show their stupidity!

    May 26, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Sgt. USMC

    We need heckle CONGRESS for playing politics with our country.

    This is the hardest working President in recent history. He doesn't live the priviledged life that most Presidents have lived. We need to give him our full support if we want to see results.

    May 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Don't worry, this is one of Obama's top issues and it takes priority over other issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, etc.

    Only in California would they put this issue above all else.

    May 26, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Steve

    Respect is a thing of the past.

    May 26, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Now if you throw in Code Pink and the other libertard organization heckling him that would be a story, but let me get this straight, he is giving a fund raising speech for the corrupt, slimy Barbara Boxer and someone asks him a question and he gets riled. Thin skinned crook isn't he?

    May 26, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    You don't heckle the president. Even if I had gone to one of Bush's incoherent, buzz-word filled speeches, I wouldnt' have heckled him and believe me, that was a man who deserved heckling.

    DADT was put in a place at a time when it was needed in a way that was necessary. That time has passed and it has to be changed. A lot of laws are like that - they're indicative of the times they're created and signed into law. A stronger law wouldn't have passed, a weaker law wouldn't have survived.

    May 26, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. L.L

    Yeah repeal don't ask don't tell and watch the troops leave the Army and Marines!!!!!!!

    I know many from Milspouse.com who are planning on leaving after you repeal it and you can bet on that one Obama, but spoken by a man who has no clue what military life is like in close quarters and what we go through day to day for the service of our country I can see why it would be a priority for you when we have an oil spill that is catastropic and an ecomony that is in the toliet; yeah that is really a big deal. Tell me when they want to bring their boyfriend and girlfriends to family functions around kids how do you think the military personnel will handle that? They won't! They will just leave, then you can have an all Gay military–see where that gets you.

    May 26, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Does as much damage to the cause as when far right wing lunatic fringe GOPers spew their vitriol about Obama and the Dems or fabricate lies to fear monger...or when my fellow liberals resort to the Bush-blame crap instead of staying focused on the practical solutions to the issues in the here and now or won't accept valid criticism of Obama's policies because we're so used to having to defend against the GOPer nonsense. I support getting rid of DADT fully, but biting the hand that feeds (not to mention our POTUS, regardless of who or what party he is) is just plain stupid, makes you look rude, degrades support from your allies and provides ammunition for the other side with which to generalize that kind of behavior to everyone in your group. Grow the F up and get smart.

    May 26, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. No Incumbents 2010

    Interrupting the President is just plain rude.

    May 26, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Jakey

    Obama deserves to be heckled. Let me point something out – he took an oath of office, which reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    - The Second Amendment is part of the Constitution, whether he likes it or not.

    - Calderon is not an American, and Obama's oath is not to Mexico, though one would think so.

    If Obama cannot live up to his oath of office, he should resign or be impeached. And that goes for all the members of Congress who applauded Obama and Calderon last week, too. Traitors, all.

    May 26, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Good!

    Good for you Mr. President! Americans can be so seriously impatient and don't understand that it TAKES TIME TO FIX THESE MESSES!!!

    To the american people...RELAX! TAKE A DEEP BREATHE, AND BE PATIENT!

    May 26, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Colorado

    As it seems to always be with this guy, it is all a joke. That this may ruin the military as an all volunteer force doesn't matter to them. That this may cause large numbers to exit the military doesn't seem to matter to them. If the system for the most part works why try to change it? Why use the military in a time of war as a Political Correctness lab?
    Nov 2010 and Nov 2012.

    May 26, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Rob Johnson

    And if he did move faster, the conservatives would say he was moving TOO fast....

    Like health care, Clinton promised this and failed, and Obama has promised it and is actually going to deliver. What more do you want?

    Obama can't win. The idea that some gay activist thinks Obama is the problem just shows how ignorant some people are.

    May 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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