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. Marge

    I suppose we should be proud of our Democrats. We don't act like a bunch of rabid hounds like the republicans do. We protest with dignity and character.

    October 16, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. john talbot

    dems need to stop the infighting. everything can't be fixed in two years, let alone four.

    October 16, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Lynn

    There's a fool born every day and they usually are Republicans. Lemmings who can't use their own brains, but rely on the Palin and Fox crowd.

    October 16, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    That's not heckling – that's demanding more of Obama.

    Heckling is what the astroturf nuts did with their blatant lies on healthcare at town hall meetings.

    October 16, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. johnrj08

    I am an Obama supporter, however I must say that he has completely failed to fulfill his promise to dump this awful DADT policy. All he has to do is issue an executive order to stop enforcing it. He doesn't have to wait for some ridiculous military study or for the Senate to act. He can act. He should have acted. But he didn't. Upsetting.

    October 16, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Troy

    Did the hecklers get tased?

    "railed on Republicans for driving the economy into the ground"

    Yes they did didn't they, by doing the same thing he's doing now lol. The economic model seems to be the same no matter the party. This democrat vs republican thing is so childish, these gangs make me sick. I'm not a democrat, or a republican! Can I get some frackin representation here?

    October 16, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. rekha

    obama is a great president.Palin shuuld shut her mouth.she only looks like a male whenever she opens her mouth and she and oddonel are twin sisters.Both Dumb heads.He has our future in mind and not present.True we are digging ourselves out of the ditch that republican put us in and now we can't do the same mistake again.Every democrat should get out and vote and not let republican limp our effort towards better future.We don't want social security to be privatized so better get out and vote for democrat candidate or else we will be crying later when it will be in market.

    October 16, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    Standard stump speech. Does he know that by memory, or does he still need his teleprompter?

    October 16, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Lisa schaefer

    Maybe pumping up thousands isn't all we want from a President of the United States. Maybe we wanted someone who would actually do something about unemployment and housing. We needed someone who would put ideology aside and actually help the American people though this crisis. Instead we got a President who supposed he knew what what was best and the rest of us be damned.

    October 16, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. marie

    Over 15,000 Rally attended the rally with President Obama and Governor Deval Patrick. Both discussed policies and plans to move this country foward, yet CNN talks about a small amount of people who don't understand governance. Way to go CNN!! This should get you huge ratings.

    October 16, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Jack Kegley

    If the President is willing to push for Democrats until he is hoarse, we had better be willing to do the same if asked to do so. This is a very critical election and now is not the time to stop and review what has been done. We can do that in two years. Lets get moving on making a difference in this country, one voter at a time

    October 16, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Master of Deception

    yes, media I am going to invoke Reagan's name again, and again, and again, and again. But you won't hear me quoting Saul Alinsky or Mao!

    October 16, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. NameApril landsiedel

    We are glad he can't talk because all he does is talk.

    October 16, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. lauperzone

    Bush did more to fight AIDS. I didnt like Bush, but thats the truth. of course, dems dont really care and will never give him credit. typical behavior frm the true whores. so kul that NOW made that word acceptable :)

    October 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Grundoon

    Get excited! Sing it brothers and sisters! Four more years!!

    I'm so sick of the GOP enabling the corporations sick practices. Lining their pockets with the tax cut while shipping enormous numbers of jobs overseas. Now they are sitting on more cash reserves than they ever have and refuse to invest in our country, All because they don't want to pay 6% more in taxes - just 6 lousy percent! What jerks, complete and total bullying jerks. "Patriots." Yeah right. I wouldn't mind letter them keep the tax cut if they invest in American jobs and it's mandated because they can't be trusted to keep their word. Oh, but they don't want regulation. We finally got it and they call it job killing. Well how many freakin' jobs the they kill between 2001 and 2009? Now we have regulation and they want to roll it back. And the fools out there that believe them are about to put the wolf back in the hen house. This is near bedlam. All that is necessary for evil to prevail if that good Democrats stay home on election day.

    October 16, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. NewDirection

    We must remove this president at ALL costs... America should never again elect a president who is going to apologize for this amazing country. This country has 1) Saved the world from the domination and overtake of the Nazi's in WWII.. 2) Fought to create a democracy in South Korea which is still thriving today 3) LIberated Kuwait which Saddam tried to annex. 4) Liberated Iraq and removed a terrorist leadership (Taliban) from Afghanistan...5) Has been providing billions of dollars in aid and food to third world countries 6) Has given our technology to 3rd world countries (ex mexico) to manufacture goods to sell around the world and be competitive.... The day Obama apologized to the terrorist regime of Iran for our past faults made me sick to my stomach... Never again will we let a presiden put down this wonderful country and the brave men and women who died liberating other countries....

    October 16, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    What country do these people live in? Maybe a better question is what to they read or watch for information?
    This man has done incredible things for this country in the past 20 months.
    do anyo f these complainers know how long it look to getout of the Depression? Do they know what it took to get us out? Do they know what lead up to it?
    you want the Republicans agian? Read the 10 year history leading to 10/29 with a income tax at a high fo 25% and no government regulations- and then ZAP Depression. The past y10 gave us the lowst cieling on taxes once agian. deregulaiton and POW- the worst recessio since the Depression-READ YOUR HISTORY before critizing what to took to get out of that mess and what i and how long it willtake to get out of this one.

    October 16, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    I wish he'd stay inaudible for the next two years–and after that it won't matter.

    October 16, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. blaze

    such disrespect. It amazes me how many times the president has been interrupted during speeches in the past 1.5 years. We are starting to show complete lack of respect for the individual with the toughest job in the world. Its a shame to say the least

    October 16, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Big Day

    Our president is the only president, since Clinton, who has tried to help the poor in America. The poor have had to soldier the assault of crime, drugs, AIDS & poverty. We die from all this while those who could help look on cold & selfishly. We live hungry. We live uneducated. We live in destitution. We live with no guarantees that tomorrow will be better than today. We look to him as our protector. The only one who can attempt to stave off the monsters who build empires off our sweat, tears, & blood. America, do not be naive. If he cant stop them, with our help to aid him, we are doomed , as is this great country.

    October 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. jay

    The good ship Obama is sinking fast. His new plan for America, talk louder.

    October 16, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. mj

    Two years into his reign and all he can do is campaign. I, for one, have become to believe that the only asset Obama has is blow hard and listen to no one. With all the problems we have in America he chooses to hit the campaign alley and ignore the problems most Americans suffer – No Jobs, Increased Medical Cost, Massive Debt, Loss of Homes. Why is he not doing the job he was hired to do?????

    October 16, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Steve

    The democratic voters are completely put off by the current economy. 90% of them believe that we are still in a recession and I tend to agree with them. The democratic voters can't bring themselves to vote again for democrats because Obama has not delivered on his, "change". The democrats can't bring themselves to vote for Republicans so they will sit at home on election day. You heard it here first!!!

    October 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    Those teabaggers are hard at work. I don't understand what some of these Democrats, if they are really Dems, want. The President has tried to reach across the line time and time again. All the rethugs do is filibuster every vote just because they want the President to fail and hence the Nation.
    He has done some of what he promised to do and it's still not enough.
    Lee Iacocca said it best . . . . . lead, follow or get out of the way. If you don't or can't see what he is doing then don't bother with your dumb signs.

    October 16, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Jan

    President Obama keep up the good work and don't let the jerks of American get to you. You've done allot to help this country out of the mess it was left in after 8 years of Republican leadership or lack there of...............

    October 16, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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