October 16th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama heckled as he stumped for pal in Massachusetts

Boston (CNN) – As President Obama was pumping up thousands at a rally for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, hecklers interrupted his remarks.

A press pool producer inside the Hynes Convention Center said the protesters held up a banner that read "Keep the Promise" as they chanted.

Another sign read "Fight Global Aids."

The wider audience began to shout them down with "four more years" and "yes we can."

A few minutes later, the President answered the hecklers by pointing out that his administration had increased funding for AIDS research. He suggested it's more than Republicans would achieve.

Obama rolled out his standard stump speech where he railed on Republicans for driving the economy into the ground.

He often leaned into the microphone and raised his voice urging the audience to get engaged and make a difference on November 2nd.

Along the way the President nearly lost his voice, which grew increasingly hoarse as he spoke, his ending remarks barely audible.


Filed under: 2010 • Deval Patrick • President Obama
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Irma in North Carolina

    A person can almost bet this was some one associated with fox gang, a tea party person, or some one Palin sent there.

    October 16, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Joan

    Obama and his administration has done more to help the aids population than the GOP could ever do. If I remember correctly there are a lot of Politicians in the Republican party who have spoken out against people with aids. In fact the Democrates are working for the American people unlike the Republicans who have actually done nothing for the past two years but sit back and make sarcastic remarks. What did the Republicans do for the eight years they were in power – think about it !!!!!! I think that the people of America have very short memories.

    October 16, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. dew

    all the dens and obama know is spend, spend, spend.after nov. there won't be a d by my voter card, worst first lady and pres. ever they won't be happy untill they spend all the taxpayers money.

    October 16, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. GOP Zombie

    Wow here we again with the radical Gay activists hi-jacking the President's speech. As if the Republicans would do any better for DADT or AIDS? Why do the Gay activists keep being so rude to the President when he is the only one that is trying to help them? It just doesn't make any sense...think about it first before you hi-jack and protest.

    October 16, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. GOP = Fail

    Why hasn't Obama cured AIDS yet? He's had 2 years to cure it!

    October 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. guest

    Awwww Nov. New plans to make the president look bad.

    October 16, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. wwwgator

    no wonder he's loosing his voice....same old hot air over and over and over again.I guess he's using the old and tired, "if you repeat yourself over and over...it becomes truth". and how is a sign asking him to follow through on promises considered heckling? Are you stating that he hasn't? Oh, that's right, he's out stumping on what they already accomplished.....wait, no.....it's more of the same....the Blame game. Grow up / Man Up! Stand on your accomplishment soap box and tout your "successes" instead of partisan rhetoric ( and that goes for you too Republicans !)

    October 16, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Michael1959

    Soon, Obama's own administration will be barely audible.

    October 16, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. GeminiTwo

    Go away Obama and take your "Just Words" pal Gov. Patrick with you. Remember you two had pretty much the same speech given to you by your pal Axelrod? Yup, just words – no substance.

    October 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. GD

    I was at this rally, and I'd have to say that the opinion of his ending remarks being barely audible is almost complete fiction. I for one did not notice him even start getting hoarse at the time (although thinking back to it he probably did) and I could understand his whole speech just fine.

    October 16, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Take care of yourself Mr. President as you continue to fight for the American people. It's OK for people to "heckle" out misinformation, it gives the President the opportunity to inform them correctly, that's why I do my research before I heckle.

    October 16, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Trythefacts

    If the voice is hoarse, it would be good so I would hear him tell his lies.

    October 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Jane

    For once I wish Obama would quit the kindergarden tactics of "it's Bush's fault", "we inherited the problem", and "it's more than the Republican's would achieve". When you take the oath of office you take on all the responsiblities of the job good or bad. He is making the office of the president look cheap by playing the blame game and finger pointing. I cannot think of a annother President that has taken his job to a lower level buy being childish. I am ashamed he is from my generation and is setting the worst visual PR game in town.

    October 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Orlando Patriot

    Obama being heckled on a regular basis:)!! I guess the honeymoon is over and the (intelligent) american people have awoken!! Well, Obama has done one thing that will go down in history – replacing Jimmy Carter as the WORST president of ALL TIME!!

    October 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. CuadRose

    Yeah...Obama! Keep moving us forward even while so many want to pull us backwards.

    October 16, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Lynn

    This is a great President and he has done do much for this country. Keep the faith Mr. President, "yes we can."

    October 16, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Jack

    A nut is a nut, whether on the right or the left. Everyone wants their 15 minutes.

    October 16, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. the real ib

    good with all the garbage he has rammed down our throats someone needs to heckle him.

    October 16, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Impeach out of presdient obama
    Cause he have problems word his mouth

    October 16, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. mtrought

    I like the D(emocrat)=Drive and R(epbulican)=Reverse slogan at this Mass. rally: It summed up clearly the choices in this a future elections. We need to keep these almost Nazi, GOP and tea party lumpens at bay so that the country can progress. Take a cue from those Chilean miners who waited as the right fix was put in place to get them out.

    October 16, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(real one)

    I don't really consider this heckling, if the people interrupting are calling attention to serious issues. A heckler to me, is someone who is being mean or calling President Obama a vile name. Noticed that this never happened at Bush rallies. They screened the audience and would not allow people with differing points of view in.

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    October 16, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Ha Ha Ha!! The Great Obama was heckled... Must have learned it from the far left liberals that used to do it to Bush... Heres to hoping for more heckling of the Great One... Heckling will just put him in a spin as he wonders why the masses are falling out of love with him...

    October 16, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Kyle

    Yeah... he was a little more than 'barely audible' you drama queen... Obama/Biden '12

    October 16, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. duke

    Just because those who oppose you are screaming that don't mean you have too!!
    There's a video on you tube,where one girl wants to fight another girl real bad,she's hollaring&screaming and consistently being aggressive,well long story short,Big mouth got her azz whipppped,just like the real american's of the right are going to get in nov.

    October 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. me

    This President has a lot on his plate, not just his own plans but to clean up the mess left by Bush. Give him time and remember, we need to keep him in office. Obama 2012..

    October 16, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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