December 11th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
15 years ago

Bill Clinton heckled by 'robot'

Watch Bill Clinton's speech get interrupted.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bill Clinton has dealt with his fair share of hecklers over the years, but on Monday night he faced off with his first robot.

Or, more specifically, a man dressed like a robot.

In the middle of a speech on behalf of wife Hillary Clinton in Iowa City, Iowa, a young man clad in a dark metallic-like suit - with a helmet to boot - stood on a chair and interrupted the former president’s remarks.

"Bill Clinton, I want you to apologize to Sister Souljah," the man yelled in a robot-like voice. "Robots of the world want you to apologize to Sister Souljah. We want you to apologize."

The would-be robot’s act didn't end there. He started throwing colored pieces of paper around the room, prompting the former president to respond, "You need to find more environmentally responsible ways to protest than throwing grafiiti around."

The heckler's comment was referring to then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton's 1992 public criticism of black rapper Sister Souljah for saying "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people." In a now-famous campaign moment, Clinton called the comments racist during a speech before the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. demwit

    This is not heckling to Bill, he lives with a robot..

    December 12, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. HC

    I AM NOT A ROBOT! A little stiff in bed perhaps.., but Bill always said he liked that.

    December 12, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Ira Lapides

    Finally something I can like Bill Clinton for doing.

    December 12, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Dave, NY, NY

    So was the robot fool throwing graffiti or pieces of paper Mr Clinton? I think you need to lay off whatever your taking because your grasp of the english language is a bit off.

    December 13, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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