October 16th, 2010
04:48 PM ET
12 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. Joe M.

    Considering Bush made AIDS in Africa a prime focus of his administration, I find it disingenuous at best for Obama to claim that he has done more than Republicans would.

    October 16, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. clr

    What a loser.... he can't even rejoin a heckler with anything new – or real. AIDS research sky-rocketed over the past 10 years... and treatments have been coming out that have substantially helped extend the lives of thousands during that time. And.. who was President and which party was in Congress?... wow.... I guess obammy should go back to making sure Rahm writes all his stuff... Oh yeah... Rahm isn't there anymore.

    October 16, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. roro

    You go Mr. President. The country needs you.

    October 16, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Sal Voce

    Hope he enjoys his ONE term....

    October 16, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Baby Boomer

    Honestly, I am so sick of people acting like they were voting for the second coming of Christ. President Obama is doing the best job possible under the circumstances he has to deal with. The people who voted for him thinking that he was a miracle worker need to GROW UP. In case anyone is wondering how come most African Americans still support him (and would disrespect him or the office of the Presidency by heckling him.) is because WE understand that progress takes time and change doesn't happen in the United States of America overnight. Maybe if these brats didn't have such a sense of entitlement, they would get that and STOP being disrespectful. Frankly, I'm to the point that I think he shouldn't run for a second term. That way these idiots can find out sooner rather than later what a republican president will do for their causes, which is NOTHING...

    October 16, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. Baby Boomer

    Correction: (and WOULDN'T disrespect him or the office of the Presidency by heckling him.)

    October 16, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. carlos

    at least they were not thrown out of the place......besides, cnn, they were not heckling, just commenting on issues dear to them.

    October 16, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. chris

    Well said Mr. President

    October 16, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Carroll E. Gant, JR.

    I watched the whole speach and President Obama sounded alright with his voice cracking horse a little thow, but I had no problem hearing him? This person must have been in back of the people there to hear much.

    October 16, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Chad from Tampa

    All he can do is campaign. It's so sad to see what he has become.

    October 16, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. Jon from Madison

    The people were screaming "4 more years"? Do they realize that this isn't a presidential election year? If he were to get re-elected, that would be 6 more years from now. These people are friggin idiots.

    October 17, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  12. catmom

    Oh, wow disgruntled Americans being allowed to heckle the President. Who'd a thunk it!!!

    October 17, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  13. ExLiberal

    How can a sock puppet lose his voice?

    October 17, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  14. Liz

    Pretty sad and embarrassing for America that some feel it's ok to disrespect the president. Pretty disappointing.

    October 17, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. Abnguy

    It'll take more than a banner to make this administration keep any promise.

    October 17, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  16. WhatUTalkin'BoutWillis

    Of course it's Republicans fault for everything...Democrats never do anything wrong. That is if you ask some Democrats. Give me a break. You've had enough time to turn the economy around, but instead you pointed it into the ground with all of the regulations and spending. I own a business and I have no idea what to plan for, therefore I will not hire any new employees. If I could figure out what this administration was going to do next, I could at least plan my next business move.

    October 17, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  17. josh

    Have you ever seen Dan lothian, just my opinion,.... once you do, you'll know why he always knocks the President when CNN ask him to.

    October 17, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  18. Dem4Ever

    I lost my job and OB lost his voice. I guess we're even...NOT!

    October 17, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. ib42

    Mr. Obama is an awesome man, and he's just started out. Given the utter ruin he faced and took on after his election, he has done more and better than any right wingnut ever could, or will. Americans are fickle and shallow. This heckler probably got bombed an hour late in some sports bar, boasting about what a man he was. Bloody redneck!

    October 17, 2010 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    We hear a lot about his hoarse voice and what some very clear minorities in the meet did with posters... why have I never seen such comments about McConnel and Boehner at thier rallies??
    Just to make sure this post does not appear because CNN is Republican biased first and worse still is not Cable News Network BUTin reality Is CRISIS news network.
    My god, you even make daily crises out of weather forecasts.
    It is actually very boring and non viable often = why watch when often too often its wrong/News/ information.

    October 17, 2010 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  21. Sherri W.W.

    Yep~thats our country today!~No respect for the Pres.of the USA!~what great things we are tea~ching our children~wake up and get these do~nothing Repub/TP OUT of our lives! The Decent&Thougthful Better "Take the Country Back"ourselves~ from these extreme "crazies" that are destroying America!!

    October 17, 2010 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  22. Kel

    Ya know, it would be nice just for once to read a post that is fair and balanced. Obviously this CNN correspondent is a Republican. Why don't you strive for balanced reporting and balanced writing?

    October 17, 2010 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  23. Catie

    I hate to correct the President however, like him or not, Bush did more for the plight of global Aids than any president in history. Obama had such promise but he is gradually losing my confidence in him. I like a little arrogance, a little, but he is so darned arrogant and so thin skinned it is friggen annoying

    October 17, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  24. some guy in New Hampshire

    It's fashionable to heckle the president now, to throw things at him, to yell "liar" at him from the floor of the Congress, to publicly disrespect the First Lady, all in the name of party politics. I remember when civility was worth more than party politics. Now we throw decency under the bus because all that matters is party politics. but when you yell "liar" at the president from the floor of Congress - a charge proven by later events to be false - trash Michelle Obama to your fans, and so on, that says more about your own lack of decency than it says anything about the person you're trying to score points off of by disrepecting. Look in the mirror and think about who's looking back at you.

    October 17, 2010 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  25. American Patriot

    Just wait.
    After the Republicans take Congress and the Senate.

    A article of Impeachment is going to be introduced and voted on.

    Obama is going to be impeached.
    There are a number of Legal Violations that he can be impeached for.

    Then brace yourselves for Riots and Marches on Washington. People have had enough of their CRIME WAVE.

    It is now known both parties are compleltly CORRUPT and Corporate America owns the Government and both are CORRUPT.


    October 17, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
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