No one cuts off President Obama and gets away with it. While delivering remarks at a LGBT Pride Month reception Wednesday, he ordered a heckler to be removed from the audience.
The president began his speech thanking advocates, organizers and friends. "Over the years, we've gathered to celebrate Pride Month and I told you that I'm so hopeful about what we can accomplish. I told you that the civil rights of LGBT Americans..."
At this point in the video, a transgender woman with an organization Not One More Deportation movement reportedly yelled, “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention!” according to Mediaite.com.
But POTUS doesn’t play that. “Hey, listen, you’re in my house.” The crowd then applauded. “You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this,” he continued.
The crowd began booing the heckler and when Obama began to tire of being interrupted, he ordered the heckler to be escorted out. Of course, POTUS couldn’t help but add in a couple of jokes to lighten the mood before continuing on with his remarks.
"As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers, but not when I'm up in the house,” he said chuckling. “My attitude is if you’re eating the hors-d'oeuvres, and drinking the booze — I know, that's right. Anyway where was I?"
When order returned in the room, Obama began to speak on the progress LGBT Americans have made in shifting attitudes towards same-sex couples nationwide. “When I became president, same-sex marriage was legal in only two states,” he said. “Today, it’s legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia. A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they’re running towards them.”
He also added that America has made strides in accepting transgender people, but that the community still faces violence and discrimination. "But, seriously, too many folks are still targeted, and transgender women of color are particularly vulnerable. So that kind of ugliness simply doesn’t belong in America. That’s not who we are," he continued.
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