President Obama Heckled During Drones Speech

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May 23 2013 3:33 PM

Watch President Obama Handle a Heckler During His Counterterrorism Speech

President Obama was heckled this afternoon toward the end of his rather lengthy counterterrorism speech. The moment in question came just after the president began addressing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. After several interruptions, Obama got the last word, as presidents tend to do in these situation. "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to," the president said at one point. "Obviously, I do not agree with much of what she said. And obviously she wasn’t listening to me and much of what I said. But these are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong." Watch:

The heckler in question was identified by reporters in the room as Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, who has a long history of somehow going unnoticed by Washington security and interrupting speakers. Here's video of her being taken out of the room after/during the exchange:


Weigel has more on the actual speech here, and the rest of the Slate staff will have more later.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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