June 16th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama interrupted: Disrespectful or latest in 'era of incivility'?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's angry response to a reporter who interrupted his Rose Garden remarks Friday was the latest salvo in what some political experts see as an era of incivility.

Neil Munro, a White House correspondent for the Washington-based website The Daily Caller, asked the president about his administration's dramatic policy shift on immigration while the president was in the middle of delivering prepared remarks.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    Okay, everyone grow up. Now this is just being used to bring attention to Obama of Republicans vs Democrats and angry the voters with Republicans. Seriously, let's move on to important, serious matters like Syria, those poor people need our help.

    June 16, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Okay, everyone grow up. Now this is just being used to bring attention to Obama of Republicans vs Democrats and angry the voters with Republicans. Seriously, let's move on to important, serious matters like Syria, those poor people need our help, you guys did see that poor man carrying the tiny, little baby out of the home under attack. That really matters, not Obama being interrupted, he's a grown man, he can handle it.

    June 16, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. DJB

    Regardless of feelings about Prez we as Aneriicans should respect the office.

    June 16, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Marc

    No class from the right, and these people want us to vote them in?

    June 16, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. California

    Obama continues to ignore the economy.

    June 16, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. California

    OH WAIT, he just gave jobs to illegals.


    June 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Matthew

    You just gotta say it's a joke. If that happened to George Bush, the liberal media will be all praise for the interruption, but of course this is the "beloved" OB the messiah of the liberal press who can do nothing bad. So nail the guy who just wants to ask the question. Bah, hambug!

    June 16, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Gino Martell

    Something needs to change. Why do we have to be so disrespectul toward our President.

    June 16, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Disrespectful. at it's best. Downright crude and uncalled for.

    June 16, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Are you kidding me?

    This person should have his credentials revoked. End of story.

    This rampant disrespect of our president should not be tolerated. If the GOP can cry about bush they should do the same here.

    June 16, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Personally, I blame the president for allowing this level of disrespect. Rep. Clyburn (SC) was right when he said the president could put a stop to this type of behavior but for some reason or another he choses not to. Had he put that slimeball J. Wilson in his place-the others would not be trying him like this. The reality is HE has to stop this before it gets out of hand and until that time, he might as well keep expecting this type of unprofessional, disrespectful , racist, yes racist, behavior. Take control Mr. President and set an example that YOU are the president and the leader – like it or not.

    June 16, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Totally disrespectful, especially given that when GW Bush was President, anyone who opposed his Administration's policies was called un-American, anti-God and aiding our enemies.

    June 16, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. john

    this should not come as a surprise,is a lesson well learned from the republican circle.

    June 16, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Jules

    It is both – disrespectful and uncivil, especially since it was a formal announcement of policy and not an out on the road trip.

    June 16, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. marty

    The ugly get uglier. Neil Munro sounds like an Andrew Breitbart wannabe and appears to be another gutless Joe, 'you lie', Wilson, and may be as loquacious as Joe, the deadbeat dad, Walsh. The Republicans are adept at turning out "adults who exhibit the most annoying, boorish, juvenile behavior in public to get attention.

    June 16, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    ◄◄"This president is not giving the American people a fair shot," [Romney] continued. "To the middle class folks that are losing jobs that have dropped out of the workforce, they're not getting a fair shot.◄

    Well Mr. Wannabe Romney, maybe if YOU and other corporations who felt that shipping jobs overseas so you can continue to make billions of dollars, we would not be in the mess we're in now!!!

    ►Obama interrupted: Disrespectful or latest in 'era of incivility'?◄
    And as long as his name is "Barack" there will be more arrogant humility
    When you have a congressman yelling "YOU LIE" in the middle of an address
    It’s the same on the outside and it did not take long for all respect will digress

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 16, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Josh Greenberg

    Why should anybody show respect for Obama? Neil Munro showed some real CHUTZPAH right in Obama's face and Obama couldn't handle it. I hope this inspires more reporters to get right in Obama's face and challenge him right in front of the White House. I never heard of the Daily Caller before but I will now be a regular viewer of their publications.

    June 16, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Larry L

    Modern conservatives operate at every level with a low-class, undereducated, NASCAR mentality. This reporter shows contempt for the President of the United States and disrespect for our Nation.

    June 16, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Levi

    If the Obama campaign is going to be following Romney's bus tour and staging demonstrations, then Obama should have to put up with this. Serves him right.

    Plus, the reporter was asking valid questions and making valid points. The fact Obama can't handle that says a lot.

    June 16, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. bleacherman

    Tell me, what is the difference between disrespectful and incivility? Neither should take center court in this election. Whether one loves or hates President Obama; the fact remains that he IS President of the United States and should be respected as such. If the tables were turned and it was a Republican President and he was interrupted by a left leaning reporter, uncle Rush and company would be outraged.

    June 16, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    President Obama thus far is the only US President to be called a "LIAR" by a congressman off the floor, have a finger pointed in his face by a standing governor on an airport tarmac, and even have an entire so-called news station be against him even to the biased of point of supporting untrue statements about him without offering a chance at self defending. The right wing was upset when President Bush had shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi or when the Dixie Chicks made negative statements about him in England, yet they turn their backs when Obama is treated this way. There is an undercurrent of disrespect here and it is no coincidence it is happening to the first non-white POTUS. Race card you say? Think about it.

    June 16, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Ins1te

    We can't expect anything less from conservatives. This is the party of morals and values. Go figure.

    June 16, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. barry

    Try as you may Mr Obama but you failed us and now you have to go. We need jobs not amnesty for people who take them and drive our wages down.

    June 16, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. G

    I give him the benefit of the doubt he did not know the President was not done yet. However, if he is bragging about it in the media, he should be treated like a rotten rat. Neil, don't go over your head, sit tight and learn from the president Obama. I am 100% sure that you'll be a better journalist.

    June 16, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. CBR

    ,Mr. Munro overstepped his bounds. His explanation is rather weak because he knows very well that the President let the reporters know when he will take questions. Mr. Munro was rude and disrespectful and whatever view he has of the President must be tempered by civility and respect as long as Mr. Obama is President.

    Unfortunately, this rudeness and disrespect has been going on since Mr. Obama began running for office. He and Mrs. Obama have been treated very poorly by some in this country. Unfortunately, people tie this lack of respect to the fact that Mr. Obama happens to be a person of color and that makes it difficult for some in this country to show him the respect he deserves. How sad that this type of thinking continues in this country. Even members of Congress and candidates react poorly as well. So very sad.

    June 16, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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