I’ve always been fascinated with how politicians deal with the inevitable unruly protesters during their mostly scripted public appearances. Most of the time, they seem to handle it as well as can be expected.
President Obama, however, seems to have an extra gift when it comes to these things. The man is just cool, for lack of a better word. Or perhaps the more formal term is “graceful.”
Today, at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, President Obama had to deal with a couple of loud women protesters.
Below is the transcript of it. It is unclear what exactly the women were yelling about, as it is impossible to pick it up from the video of the speech. But given that one of the women had a sign that read, “Free Bradley Manning”, we are guessing that it had something to do with that.
[THE PRESIDENT:] So there’s good news out there. And thanks to the grit and the resilience of the American people, we’ve been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis, and start laying the foundation for a better economy. But as any middle-class family will tell you, we are not —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)
THE PRESIDENT: I hear you. I got you.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no, that’s fine. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. We’re okay. We’re okay. That’s okay. Hold on a second. Hold on. Hold on. Hello, everybody, hello. Hold on. Hold on a minute. Hold on a minute. Hold on. So, now — hold on a second. (Applause.) Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite. (Laughter.) She was. And she brought up an issue of importance, and that’s part of what America is all about. (Applause.)
Got to love Obama’s “Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite.” response.
A picture was taken of the two women being escorted out and shown on the Twitter feed of NBC reporter Shawna Thomas.
Here is a transcript of the entire speech.
Watch the portion of the speech that was interrupted by the hecklers below.